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The Hungering Saga Complete Paperback – August 4, 2012
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Lowin is the main character, but there are so many other characters that have such depth to them, I was keeping mental track of ALL of them. I was eager to catch up on how other characters were fairing after Lowin parted from them for a time, hoping that wouldn't be the last we'd hear about them. Sometimes I was happily surprised, sometimes I felt so crushed! Silent, Ethaniel, Malice, Tempest, Wisp, Brutal, Ferocity, Snow, Tower, Liet and ALL the Blackcloaks, also Kye & Kaylien and even poor Fen...I can't name them all, but I really did enjoy each and every one of the characters, major and minor.
The book's main character is Lowin Fenly, a lore keeper (scribe) who gets forced to become part of a group of elite knights. These knights are feared by most people because they are thought to be devils or beasts of some sort. Most of them even look the part! They have inhuman speed and strength, strange eyes, and in many cases not entirely human bodies. We follow Lowin through his forced recruitment and his development into an elite Knight. Of course it isn't that simple or cut and dry, otherwise it would be a boring book. There are epic world changing events he deals with, but amid all that chaos he is also dealing with having to sort through the normal teenager struggles of emotions and finding out about himself and what drives him. But he also has to deal with this new life he's been thrown into, which is changing not only his body but his mind as well. Suddenly it's not only about growing up, it's about surviving and keeping his humanity intact...and saving the kingdom in the process or perhaps condemning it all for one person.
There is graphic content in this book, both in the form of violence and sexual content, so it's not for kids/young teens.
Although I got this series during a promotion while it was free, had I paid full cover price I would consider it money well spent.
I would recommend these books to people who like their fantasy genres with more blood, grit and action rather than flowery words, elves, and wizards. People with a fondness for bestial types of characters or those who struggle with their humanity/inner demons will especially love this book as well.
If author Heath Pfaff continues this line of books I can say without a doubt I will be purchasing them. I enjoyed the series so much I will be checking out his other books as well. Thank you for a great experience Mr. Pfaff!
I hate to pile on. It wasn't outright bad, but I often found myself losing interest and contemplating putting it aside for other books. I think overall it might be best suited for young adult readers. More mature readers will find themselves frustrated by lack of depth in the story telling.