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Echo of the High Kings (The Eoriel Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00M9Q6VL0
- Publisher : Sutek Press (July 29, 2014)
- Publication date : July 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7074 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 640 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1500618241
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,384 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Long version: We've got good guys, bad guys, and worse guys. There are secrets revealed and other only hinted at. There are heroes from the past and new heroes just starting to find their destiny. There are a couple of love stories, a couple blatant, one less so, and one so delicately hinted at it may not actually be real at all. There's mayhem and sword play, augmented by a magic system that is detailed enough to pass the sniff test without getting bogged down in tedious detail about exactly how it works. There's political intrigue leading to hard choices, where some hold true and others yield to expediency.
A novel this big is a heavy challenge for an author, and Spriggs rises to the challenge well, despite the occasional lapse. (In one scene the protagonist's shoulders tense with tension.) But for the most part, Spriggs does a great job of mixing description with action, and exposition with plot. This is a complicated world with multiple races of men, each of which is wildly different from the others, both physically and culturally and Spriggs manages to download the needed information without overloading the reader. There are a couple of spots where he spent a bit too much time belaboring the obvious while other spots could have used a little more exposition, but this is only a quibble, not a fatal flaw. It does not detract from the enjoyment at all.
I will say that if you are looking for something new and different, this is not the book for you. The characters do pretty much what we expect them to do, but that is not a bad thing. Too many authors today write scenes with characters acting out of character in an attempt to be edgy or different. This works if the groundwork has been carefully laid to support these surprising moves, but far too often, the writer just has them do something completely out of character for shock value. Sprigg's characters act as you would expect them too, for good or ill. Their actions are consistent with their motivations. To me, this kind of consistency is a good thing as it honors the integrity of the story and the character.
And that is the most important piece of the puzzle. If you want to draw me in, I have to believe in the people and the story they tell. When you ask me to accept magic, dragons, centuries old exiles and the like, you'd better make sure the story and the characters behave in ways I can understand and accept as valid within the framework of the story and within normal human interactions otherwise I'm thrown out of the world you are trying to build.
I've already purchased book 2 of the series and am ready to dive back into Eoriel.