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A Fire in the North (Annals of Lindormyn: Book 2) Hardcover – June 24, 2008
"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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From Publishers Weekly
The generic plot of this slow-starting sequel to 2007's The Wanderer's Tale does little to engage readers. After the confusion of a climactic battle, Bolldhe, the warrior destined to battle the resurrected evil lord Drauglir, grimly resumes his journey north to battle Drauglir at Vaagenfjord Maw. Despite being the ostensible hero, Bolldhe is quickly eclipsed by his fellow fighter Nibulus, whose evolution into a true leader gives him top billing among their companions. The pace accelerates promisingly when the warlord of Wrythe's army and Nibulus's allies converge upon the darkly menacing Maw, but the ponderous and unwieldy prose frequently detracts from the action. British colloquialisms like knackered and modern objects such as gas masks and strangely shaped polyhedral dice (used for role-playing games, no less!) are jarring in the epic fantasy setting, and egalitarian fans may seethe over women being repeatedly called breeders. This disappointing second installment contains the same shortcomings as the first. (June)
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Praise for The Wanderer’s Tale:
“The saga’s world is conceived on the grand scale, loaded with detail, originality, and wit. A very promising debut.” —Booklist
“Bilsborough has imbued the quest novel with a gritty realism, an unlikely set of heroes, a range of magics and cultures, and shown how almost anything that can go wrong will, and under the worst of circumstances.” —L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
“Plunges readers into a rich, vividly realized world, exploring it alongside fascinating characters. Secrets abound, conflicts rage, gore is spilled—and I can’t wait for the sequel!” —Ed Greenwood
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My hopes were wrong and I cheerfully admit it.
Bilsborough is truly a dreadful writer. He actually regressed in "A Fire in the North," his second book. His characterization and character development, weak in the first book, were even worse in the second. His lead is perhaps the weakest leading hero I have ever come across in any work of fiction. Bilsborough seems to think that being a fantasy writer means he needs to bombard his readers with useless and obscure modifiers. The lessons of writers as diverse as Chesterton, Hemingway and Michael Moorcock were lost on him. The plot is even staler than before. I was surprised by Bilsborough's complete disregard for female characters in the first book and that is even more pronounced in this work. He even calls them "breeders" again and again.
I have no problem with fantasy works as allegories--indeed Tolkien, Pullman and Lewis have done exactly that. It is clear that Bilsborough has, to steal a subtitle from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America," created a "gay fantasia on fantasy themes." I have no idea what Bilsborough's sexuality is and frankly do not care. The work, with its hostility to women, use of the term "breeder" in a derogatory fashion, emphasis on male beauty and relationships between men, indeed even the patronizing role the heroes have over the young boy serving as their squire, speaks for itself. If Tolkien ended his series with "Return of the King" then surely Bilsborough has given us "Return of the Queens." Had the author shown an ounce of talent, I have no doubt this work would be recognized as an important breakthrough and trumpeted by the publisher for breaking new ground in fantasy literature.
But Bilsborough does not show an ounce of talent here and the limited promise he displayed in "The Wanderer's Tale" has vanished. Despite the hints of ability he showed in the first work, "A Fire in the North" shows the truth of what so many critics and reviewers have said--David Bilsborough is one of the worst writers dabbling in fantasy and, I suspect, one of the worst writers of the English language that we have seen in years.
The book is overall a very unpleasant read. There is no excitement and it is impossible to care about ANY of the characters. I do not recommend this book because I'd rather save people what I went through trying to get to the ending (Which happens to be probably THE most unsatisfying and depressing ending I've ever read.) Please don't waste your money.
Also, to Mr. Bilsborough: PLEASE put the thesaurus down. It is not impressive to overload your books with "big words." For example: "With petals of silvered cream immaculacy and fragrance of intoxicating honeyed sweetness, it was a lily of such ephemeral delicacy and evanescent purity that the world, even this hidden glade of sylvan sanctity, seemed too abominably crass a place to merit it." Unnecessary and confusing.
Final note: I do take heart that if it wasn't for books like this one, I wouldn't be able to appreciate the good ones.
Bolldhe heads towards the next fight with the resurrected evil lord Drauglir and his horde. He expects the engagement to occur somewhere near Vaagenfjord Maw, but has little hope to win except for the strange sword he now possesses.
Gapp and Methuselech reach Wrythe where the malevolent necromancer Scathur has quietly ruled for centuries while regaining strength lost five hundred years ago on Lyndormyn, when Peladanes defeated the evil rawgr Drauglir and his supernatural minions; he quickly knows who Methuselech's soul is and imprisons both of them, but they escape with his horde in pursuit. Soon everyone heads for Melhus Island and its underworld where the armies of the dead await to add to their ranks.
This is a direct sequel to The Wanderer's Tale that takes time to get started as the various key players and their allies are established for new readers. Once the action accelerates there is no slowing down as this military fantasy goes into hyperspeed with confrontations seemingly everywhere. With all the various armies at war and new leaders and heroes emerging, A FIRE IN THE NORTH still pares down to the destined Wanderer. He remains the only one who can save an apathetic prosperous world from the malevolent Drauglir and the wicked necromancer Scathur as The Annals of Lindormyn move forward.