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Enemy Glory (Volume 1) Paperback – July 19, 2014
From Publishers Weekly
This well-crafted first novel about a wizard's education, a sort of Harry Potter on downers, strives for a baroque density reminiscent of the Gormenghast saga, though it's unlikely to achieve the same classic status. The hero, magically ill Llewelyn, is losing his grip on reality, opening the door for the slippery kind of fantasy scenario in which anything is possible. A former friend, the Duke of Walworth, forces herbal medicine into Llewelyn and at swordpoint accuses him of treason, prompting him to tell his life story, which the duke records as a legal document. A misfit child who learned scraps from a small-time neighborhood witch, Llewelyn moved up in the world to attend an official school, studying a complex system of religious magic under vows to work wonders only in service to the state. The disruptions of war broke him loose from Sunnashiven, the city of his early life, and gave him an unaccustomed freedom; apparent friendship in a forest retreat with revolutionaries Walworth and Walworth's sister, Caethne; as well as a real mentor in the scholar Mirand. Llewelyn states that six months with Mirand were more educational than all his previous 17 years together, but agonizingly dwells on his insecurities and refusal to trust happiness. The story ends (with an explicit promise of further volumes) in midcareer, with Walworth employing the medicine and sword once more. Readers who enjoy wallowing in opaquely introspective gloom will have a field day.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Born in the southern lands where a complex body of religious beliefs governs all aspects of life, the child Llewellyn studies to become a magician dedicated to his religion. Instead, he becomes caught up in a war that sends him to another realm and embroils him in political intrigue and revolution. This series opener sets the scene for a grand-scale fantasy taking place in an exotic realm where religion and magic vie for prominence. Suitable for large fantasy collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fantasy/sci-fi writing can, and has been, wonderfully filled with meaning and beauty. It's one of the more under-appreciated art forms. For a brilliant and meaningful counterpoint to this author's writing, see novels such as Ursula LeGuin's, which are filled with humanity, warmth, imagination, tenderness and meaning. I was, in an odd and silly mood, briefly taken by the title -- how offensive, boring, and what a waste of time the content was.