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Hobin Luckyfeller's Fieldguide: Demoni Vankil: ...a WANTED:HERO story. Paperback – September 21, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
There’s a lot to love here and certainly this novella draws the reader into a fantastical world with many races and a rich history, of which a singular epoch is the focal point of the tale. The quality of writing is good, but I ran into a few bumps.
We enter at an important discovery made by a clerk, an archivist, named Hobin. I enjoyed the narrator’s quirky, passionate voice and the first-person perspective that shifted between him and the mage (whose words were relayed to the reader by letters Hobin had found).
I was quite engrossed in what was going on and definitely wanted to find out more, but from the beginning my experience was a bit like coming into a conversation I didn’t hear the beginning of. I found myself a little adrift in terms and references that it seemed I was expected to know already. This book is the first based off of another series the author has written, but it doesn’t seem that one can delve into this world for the first time through Hobin.
Another issue that took me somewhat out of the story: I assumed the setting was in a medieval type fantasy age, so when the narrator mentions a cybernetic eye, I was a bit thrown. Cybernetics in general lead my thoughts to science-fiction, not Tolkien-esque fantasy. Perhaps this is a misplaced assumption on my part but my reading experience stumbled over it. Maybe there’s explanation of this in other books?
I loved perspective of the letters from the mage. This format reminded me of correspondence between John Adams and his wife. It really felt like I was taking a peek into the history of this world from the personal perspective of someone living it.Read more ›
The book is told through the eyes of Hobin Luckyfeller, a gnome historian with some questionable methods of obtaining items that "may come in useful some day." ;)
One such item he's discovered is a box containing letters written from a husband to his wife documenting his part of the fight against evil during a great war. Hobin starts retracing Eamon's steps in order to fill in some historic blanks. Of course he uncovers intrigue and secrets...and an end I was not expecting! Without giving too much away, it's a twist that will tug on your heartstrings.
This is a great story, but I would recommend starting with Chronicles of a Hero (get the Epic Fantasy Bundle, because once you read Prelude you're going to want to keep going). If you haven't read any of his other books before it can take a little while to get into this one, but once you do you'll get swept up in the story.
Absolutely worth the read!
The story is great, if you know what's going on. The only real problem with this book is that it assumes the reader has read the previous books that take place in this world, but at no point before it begins does it recommend reading them so as to better understand the context. It just jumps right in to a world with a bunch of races that are familiar but different. If you've ever read fantasy you'll know all the types, but because they are called by different names it makes thing a bit confusing at times. Again, a lot is explained at the end of the book, but in my opinion it should've at least done some sort of recap of what's came before so you aren't totally lost.
The story basically follows Hoben as he tries to solve the mystery of a group of letters found in a puzzle box. The letters follow the plight of a Mage who is trying to find the means to defeat this world's great evil. He relates his successes and failures to his wife who has been sent away for safety. Through the letters you actually come to care a little bit for the troubled Mage, but it's a bit hard to invest any great amount of feeling towards him because of the whole no previous knowledge thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A mysterious fast read, Demoni Vankil tells a story worthy of being an epic, in less than a hundred pages. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Francine Alli
This review is originally published on my blog.
I loved this book! I loved the intrigue and mystery...and it had a gnome!!!! I love gnomes!!! Read more