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The world here is a fairly standard issue post-Tolkien fantasy setting. The characters are also fairly standard issue. Our Hero, Rawk, is at first glance almost a cardboard caricature. Then we see that he's just shallow and has lived an almost completely unexamined life. The story is about growing up and growing old at the same time. Guys will relate. The writing is loose and clear and fun, almost casual.
Very enjoyable. Fun but also means something. I'm waiting for the rest.
Please Note: the author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General Theme (possible minor spoilers)
You know there are some things that define a 'great hero'... courage and bravery, unusual strength, battle skill and a sporadic (if not steady) supply of slay-able evil monsters. But unfortunately, there is one thing that even the greatest of heroes can't win against... aging.
Rawk, our hero, is at the point were each new encounter reveals slower reflexes, wounds that don't heal as quickly as they once did and joints that just aren't as supple as they use to be. However as the saying goes, 'once a Great Hero always a Great hero' (or at least that's how he remembers it in his own mind). Because there's one thing all Great Heroes have in common... and that's an unquenchable need for an unending supply of fawning masses and hordes of adoring friends. So... age be damned, sometimes you just gotta fight through the pain.
Some thoughts on "The Last Great Hero"
1.) a well thought out plot, skillfully told with a touch of subtle humor.
2.) a few intriguing encounters.
3.) an interesting and thoughtful main character in Rawk... a hero to easily empathize with.
4.) no map. Maybe not entirely essential here, but it would have added a sense of direction and distance to this locale.
I wasn't sure what I was getting into here when I started out. A strange tale of an middle age 'hero' replete with all the mental and physical baggage that he's acquired over the years.
I found that the writing style was surprising effective in portraying Rawk and his abundance of age related concerns. Told with a touching honesty and self-depreciating humor that inwardly revealed some ego crushing revelations... even if he fought tooth and nail to prevent his host of admirers from seeing his diminishing skills.
Another subtle sub-theme put forth was that of the underlying prejudices against a certain race living in the area. The author slowly and insidiously exploited this avenue, and by book's end, caused Rawk to start to rethink about his 'traditional viewpoints'.
An extremely well written, enjoyable book in the Sword and Sorcery genre.
Better than I could possibly have hoped.
As it is... 5 Stars
I received a free copy of The Age of Heroes: the Last Great Hero by Scott J. Robinson in exchange for my review. Robinson has done a superb job of creating a world that is populated by a strange and entertaining cast of characters.
When Rawk is injured taking down a magical creature that is no longer supposed to be around, he goes in search of a healer—but, not just any healer—he seeks the assistance of his arch-enemy, Silver Lark, a magician who is living incognito to avoid the unwelcome attention of Prince Weaver, who has outlawed magic in the land.
The Age of Heroes is a funny book, but it also addresses the serious issue of aging and the difficulty that active people have with the inevitable result of a body that no longer performs the way it once did.
A fun weekend read.
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