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I *almost* didn't read the book after i'd bought it and started. Up through the first chapter on Haagen (location 1346 in Kindle edition) I had pretty much given up...the plot wasn't really moving anywhere, and the prose was pretty amateurish and the characterization was off; for instance, wizards who are supposed to be roughly 1000 years old display attitudes and actions more commensurate with high school students--when they get frustrated they throw something against the wall..they yell at their friends when their friends don't agree with them etc. Maybe that's how the author intended them to be but it didn't match my expectations. There was a lot of prose that could have been removed. Almost the entire Haagen chapter (same location) is superfluous. I really don't care about Haagen's "well-chiseled" frame, or that his waist formed an "attractive V-shape". Maybe that was for the benefit of the female readers, but those particular descriptive phrases almost made me stop reading--they are trite and cliche. The use of named knots in the description of his work was also distracting and unnecessary.Read more ›
1. For a first novel, it was ambitiously long. I don't like books that are too short, especially the beginning one in a series.
2. It is appropriate for all age groups except perhaps the very young (some bloody descriptions were a little gory for a young one).
3. It had a good plot with some subtle hints and revelations to draw you in as the story progresses.
4. Interesting characters and creatures.
5. Lots of action.
Is it a full 4 or 5 Star book? Not for me. Does it or the following books have the potential to improve upwards to that status? Yes, I believe so. The tendency to get bogged down with too much unnecessary detail slowed up the reading for me. The stilted dialogue was a little strange for my taste--it was archaic in one sentence and contained current slang phrases in the next. "You think?", "I'm just saying", "Shut up!", "D--n straight", and "Bulls--t" just made me laugh and distracted me from the storyline. The book also needs further editing. (Speaking of editing, I had to edit my review, Amazon didn't like the quoted language...)
But even though I had serious doubts during the first part of this book, I really got interested in the characters and the plot. The writing needs some work, but the potential is there. I liked it enough that I will probably read the next book in order to see what happens next in this Fantasy world.
I throughly enjoy the creative mind of Scott D Muller, and recommend this Dark/Epic Fantasy for Teen/YA and up!
5 out of 5 Hearts ~
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Great story. Great Characters. Muller has a unique way with characters that brings them to life and his world is rich and full of surprises. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Thomas Robertson
A great book. I have avoided wizard books before this one, but it drew me in. Well developed characters, great crossing story lines, descriptions like you are really there. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Steve Hammond
Like I said in the title the biggest thing I took away from this book was that it was a great story. The more I read the more I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer
For some reason, the paper & ebook editions of this book aren't linked on their product pages, so I'm basically summarizing my review of the paper edition here. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Chris Coslor
"Eyes of the Keep" is the first book in a sprawling new high fantasy series, Legacy of the Ten. It's a little uneven in places, but it's a good start--if you're tired of waiting... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Chris Coslor