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Heritage: Book One of the Gairden Chronicles Paperback – July 30, 2014
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"Heritage is a fast-moving fantasy about coming of age, and battling evil, and, yes, family heritage. Told with strength and humor, it shows the reader engaging characters in a rich setting, in a story that grips and then races along-and it all rings true. This is the beginning of the saga of Aidan Gairden, and it's a winner." -Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms® and New York Times bestselling author of Spellfire, The Herald, and many others.
"In Heritage, David L. Craddock deftly balances court intrigue and action to create an eminently readable epic fantasy that you will recommend to all your friends. Prepare to be a fan of this book--and this author." -Philip Athans, best-selling author of Annihilation and Writing Monsters.
"Heritage is definitely a wonderful start for not only the series, but Craddock's future as a fantasy writer." -Fantasy Book Critic blog
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I expected a cliffhanger and got one but not too painful of one. I do suspect Christine is preggers-we shall see
The little things. Spoilers. Why didn't Aidan's visitor steal the torch in the prison so Aidan could Darken? Why'd the Prophet let herself die? Why was the sword able to sometimes spit out fire? Why did Aidan sometimes use his neck lamp and sometimes acted like he didn't have one? Why did some of the scenes jump around so readers couldn't tell where the characters were? Why did people keep saying Aidan murdering a bunch of innocents wasn't his fault? Why could the crowd not recognize that green blood is not a normal human thing, and Aidan had to turn the harbinger into a corpse before the crowd knew what was going on? Why were there so many moments where I thought Aidan was suddenly going to do something clever, and he didn't? How could a crippled man with one sword overpower a harbinger when Aidan had trouble fighting one, and harbingers are "infinitely" more powerful than vagrants?
The sword's abilities were never fully explained. Aidan we t from acting childish and selfish to self-sacrificing in one day just because he gained magical abilities. The sword lied, and Aidan never seemed grieved by her death. Quite a few scenes jumped around, in and out of character heads and in and out of time and place. During the climax, Edmund was in three locations, and I'm still not sure how they're connected (one was a dreamworld, I guess, but I couldn't tell if he went there before or after the other two). Aidan's cinder band is dangerous, and it's annoying he doesn't see that.
Mostly, though, it was the adultery and "forgetting" he was already betrothed. Hullo! You've been betrothed your whole life! Why let yourself get distracted by another girl? Are they so meaningless to you?