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The Last Giant: Transgression (The Lindensaga) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 6, 2016
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"For the first time, Lee realized just how dangerous a Giant might be, even a small one."
"Following in the tradition of rich literary fantasy, this book dedicates as much time to acquainting the reader with the world in which it takes place as it does the main characters of the story. Not unlike The Lord of the Rings, this story takes its time getting to its destination, giving the audience plenty of information about the setting before unraveling it and introducing the conflict and action that accelerates in the second half. The scope of the story is massive and immersive, hooking readers early and intriguing them throughout the whole story, while laying the important groundwork for what is planned to be an expansive saga spanning fifteen volumes. Menannon is immediately likeable, which is not an easy task for a character that excels at nearly everything he applies himself to, but his level-headedness and calm, kind demeanor make him an instant favorite.
"Other characters each bring their own perspective and opinion as well, adding a dose of humanity, or elven-ness as the case may be, to the cast of characters, giving Menannon's even keel and tendency toward neutrality something to interact with. Like the characters themselves, each region of the world that they hail from carries with it a different dialect or customs, and so it is a very simple thing for the audience to be transported along on the entire adventure, identifying almost immediately a person's background or racial heritage as they begin to speak and introduce themselves to the reader. It may take an already existing interest in high fantasy to grab readers, but this book carries the tradition on beautifully and sets the stage for a powerful epic saga offering plenty of adventure and excitement to those with the imagination to travel along with Menannon and his friends" --- U. S. Review of Books
About the Author
J. R. Hardesty is the husband-and-wife writing team of Johanna & Richard Hardesty. Johanna has several degrees including English, History, Archæology & Surveying. Richard has no degrees, but a lot of college credit hours. He spent some time with U. S. Air Force intelligence as a Russian linguist. After his USAF service, he spent several years as a computer programmer & systems operator and as a retail bookseller. He was also the proprietor of an antiquarian book business for several years. They currently live in NW Montana with their three cats and four dogs and get outdoors whenever possible.
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