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The less happy aspect is that it is way too long and meanders into lots of asides. The author could have released 3 novels and 5 or 6 short stories from the materials. After cutting out the tendency toward repetitive description.
If you want the short version of my take on this book it's this: Wow, absolutely stunning.
Now if this isn't enough to convince you that reading this book is worth your while, let's expand on this a bit.
Writing: albeit not the best piece of writing I have had to pleasure to read, it is definitly above average and an exceedingly impressive first book. There are some minor typos but nothing that perturbs from the story progression and the whole book reads effortlessly.
The story: I do not intend on summarising the plot so as not to spoil anything for anyone. The plot is engaging and fast paced. There are numerous subplots within the book that at all times is the reader immersed in the story.
Originality: I have mentioned already my distaste for demons and yet not only has Mr. Langland successfully gotten me to enjoy a book on demons but he has also managed to make me fantasise of becoming one ! In this interesting take on demons and hell, you get to witness a different side to the good and evil fight.
The magical system is fairly complex and compelling and it is refreshing to have a main character who questions the soundness of everything he experiences.
Moreover, the witty dialogues provide for a fun read without compromising the levity of key sections within the book.
Clearly I have only good things to say about this book and will stop my rambling here ! I will definitly read the sequels and await them impatiently !
[There are some spoilers ahead.]
Much recent fantasy is little more than supernatural pornography, and, luckily, that wasn't the case here. On the other hand the lead character is borderline too powerful, another common failing. Here we go from a supposedly average teenager, and, boom, not only does he turn into a demon, he turns into a super powerful one, with hints that he's even more so. Stories aren't interesting if there's no real peril. I expect that Tom was originally a very powerful demon who's spirit was banished to earth, which would explain how quickly his power has developed.
Another common problem is predictability. So far, the story is quite predictable. Main character = good, zealots = misguided, woman who can't stand the main character will probably fall in love with the character, well, we'll see. Still, there are some questions, such as what is in the Book, the one the wizards are fighting over? It'll probably turn out to be something that explains how the current wizard/demon situation came about, one that won't paint the demons as being inherently evil. Rupert is another question mark. If Tom's not his father, why the similarity? Is it just that our minds create reality, and Rupert really wanted to be Tom's son?
In any case, despite some shortcomings, and whether or not my suppositions turn out to be correct, I enjoyed the book enough to read it in one sitting, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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