- File Size: 3651 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sorcerer's Ship Press (April 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TVKQ0CW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,688,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
INTRUSIONS - The Best of Men part 2 (Song of Ages Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The work is rich in inventions: the life-spell (“a hard spell to break and hard on the victim when broken”), the world’s only school of magic (“The Collegium Magi on Errensea”), a mysterious plant called furze (“rich in tannin” and the source of “an oily liquid variously called Deathsbane or Pinchflesh”, a tonic for fevers). A landscape named the Saddle is so-called because “here the cliffs fell away like a seat between pommel and cantle”.
Dialogue – and there is much of it – is lively and rich with the vein of common speech (for example, Tregar tells his horse: “Now then, I’ve a sore backside and you’re getting to stumbling, so what say we have a break?”). From start to finish runs the thread of fine phrasing: “burning torches had thinned the mists within the keep”; a character is “moved by the defiant flourish that spoke of brave deeds to follow”; “with her back to the high cwm and unseen before her the deep Francon vale, black Greteth stands alone”. Changes in the seasons have such names as “Spring’s End” and “Autumn’s Crack”. And I especially liked the wonderful description of the drums which “hammered nails into the strong hearts of those within the castle, they battered out any clear thoughts and deafened the reason of all who were forced to listen”.
I commend this one to any lover of fantasy writing. A really good read.