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The world of Steven Brust , A different view of Elves
on March 28, 2013
I like the whole world of the series , the idea of Elves thinking of themselves as Humans and the Humans as Easteners makes great sense . The laws of sorcery in this world of Brust also make good sense . Sorcery here is not a catch-all solution , it requires work and study . The use of the Orb is a find and the social organization is very well done . Each caste with it's animal DNA mixed with the Human DNA , the hints that another race of scientists tinkered with the people of that planet , leads to total new ideas in fantasy . The style of writing , the slow conversations and the old-fashioned manners ( yet fast-packed actions ) are very Elf-like in my mind . The characters are interesting , sometimes mysterious . However , you get enough characters that are understandable , funny and fascinating so you never get bored with any of the people of this world .
You need a bit of time to read the books but it is time well spend . Anyone who likes fantasy with a touch of reality and social criticism will like this series .