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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521376565
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Two Scoops Press; 2 edition (May 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071L2G8SL
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- Lending: Enabled
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Darkest Autumn (Ambria Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Daniel Roy Greenfield is a terrific writer adept at playing between many characters all at once, yet not confusing the reader as to who is who and where he left off with the character.
There's enough combat exposition to enjoy the conflicts (internal and external) without fights dragging on or dwelling in unnecessary gory details. The world-building (geopolitics, class and gender roles) are explored just enough, in service of the characters and their decisions, without bogging down in digressions (c.f. Tolkein...).
It's still clear the authors (caveat: I've met him and know of his technical books and work) are finding their voices here, and later books in the series have better dialogue and deeper descriptive text (more show, less tell), but it's worth starting this from the beginning to appreciate the characters' origins.
Comparisons I'd make: this isn't a carbon-copy Hero's Journey, at least not yet. Comparable in tone to early Prydain books, though less fanciful (and with a proto-Greek influence rather than Welsh). Comparable in "power level" to some of the Black Company books, though a bit less dark and bleak.
And one selling point from me: it makes me want to fire up a new D&D campaign and try to capture the appreciation relatively low-level characters have for any magic they encounter, any better equipment they are gifted or earn, even their social standing and familial structures.
BUT this book really kept me interested. The story had a good pace, it didn't fill pages of describing the environment and people that would've bored me. Soon I will start on the second book, so exciting!!
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