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- Book 1 of 2 in The Starfolk (2 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
Having been a very long time fan of the author, Dave Duncan, I have always enjoyed his quirky characters and sense of humor.
This book doesn't disappoint!!! It is very fast paced with a truly fascinating fantasy world. I had happily suspended my disbelief in his world of magic and wonders, especially because he remained true to the behavior of all of his mythical beasts, delightfully translating them into a contemporary time line with present day earth.
I found myself reluctant to put this book down, thus I finished reading it within three days (when normally it takes me about two to three weeks to read a book). Now I find myself on tenterhooks awaiting for the next novel in this series to become published.
Reviewed by Debbie.
And Grey says: If you like well-written fantasy with a large dose of humor, you should try this book. Debbie was laughing out loud the whole time she was reading it!
Rigel has always wondered about his parentage and how he came to be the owner of Saiph, so, after a serious incident in Wal Mart, he visits the Starlands. He learns that he is a Starborn-human cross (referred to as Halfling) – much less than full-Starborn but not as bad as all-human. He seeks honorable employment, but because he is Halfling, he and his prospective employer face problems with the authorities.
The characters Rigel meets are excellently developed. I particularly like the way Duncan handled the character of the imp (Starborn child) Izar.
The plotline moves well, and one interesting subplot is a forbidden romance.
Though overall this book is very good, I have to stop at four stars. Sometimes for this type of work the style and phrasing seem a little awkward and more average twenty-first century than another place and (perhaps) time.
There are occasional situations and word choices that make this book more appropriate for older high schoolers and up rather than a younger audience.
Even with the flaws in style, I will definitely look for more of Duncan’s work, particularly more in this series.
I'm not sure what happened between the last book he cranked out ("Into the Light," less than a year ago), which I thought was very good, and this one. I suppose even a brilliant author like Duncan can have a few clunkers. If you are like me, and love series like The Kings Blades, this one will be a let down. Read his last book instead, it's engaging and fun to read.
Glad everyone seems to like it. If you haven't read any other Duncan then you REALLY have some good books in store for you.
I must be one of your biggest fans. I am constantly extolling your virtues here on Amazon, in bookstores and to random people on the street.
What happened? Did you, perhaps, seeing the growth of the young teen fantasy market, try to write a book to capitalize on that market? Because that's what this book reads like: like you were writing for children.
I can assure you that the last time I checked I was not a teenage girl. While I appreciate that you shouldn't necessarily be writing books that appeal exclusively to me, I sincerely believe that you are one of the most supremely talented fantasy/sci-fi writers in existence. Your books and series bear multi-tiered appeal, such amazing world-building, such an amazing balance of excitement, tragedy, comedy and examination of the human condition.
Where does this book fall into a continuum of your work? How does it compare to the incomparable West of January? How related is it to the A Man of His Word series, or the King's Blades? Seventh Sword?
It's like this book was written by someone else, that's how it compares.
I'm really sorry. I want to write glowing reviews over every one of your works. I don't blame you for trying new stuff. After all, any of those series above should have been enough to make you one of the world's premier writers and I just don't understand why you aren't more well known.
But this book just wasn't for me. I bought and read the follow-up book "Queen of something-or-other" and it fell basically into the same category. In summary, it's OK. Just not what I expect from the Dave Duncan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a typical book that I would choose, and found it to be interesting and a different concept on elves, in this book, they are "starborn". Read morePublished 8 months ago by KM. Miller
Very much like the old pulp novels of the fifties, our hero is transported to another world. There he must over come many road blocks to succeed.Published 9 months ago by Lesley Vandegrift
Wasted my time reading this rubbish so I won't waste time reviewing it.Published 9 months ago by Steve Beeston
I disliked both books in this duology.Duncan is not up to the level of "THE CURSED", very dissapointing.Published 11 months ago by Al Padavano
This was an overall entertaining book but the characters seemed kind of flat, the world concept had promise but didn't develop and the plot was rather predictable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nathan J Palmer
Starts out promising but devolves into a collection of common tropes without any glue to make you care.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer