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A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2009
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"S.L. Farrell is a relative newcomer on the fantasy scene, but he writes like a seasoned pro. "A Magic of Twilight" is his best yet, a delicious melange of politics, war, sorcery, and religion in a richly imagined world peopled with a varied cast of haughty lords, scheming courtiers, beggars, priests, heretics, zealots, spies, assassins, torturers, tarts, and seductresses. They're vivid and memorable characters, and most are painted in shades of grey, my favorite color. Farrell's Nessantico evokes the Italian city-states of the Rennaissance, especially Venice, but this is a Venice where magic works. It's a fascinating place, and one that I look forward to visiting again."
--"New York Times" bestselling author George R.R. Martin
"Farrell's melodrama ultimately swept me away on a thoroughly enjoyable ride."
--John R. Alden, "The Plain Dealer"
a[Farrellas] best yet, a delicious melange of politics, war, sorcery, and religion in a richly imagined world.a
aGeorge R. R. Martin, "New York Times" bestselling author
aConsiderable charm and appeal...the cast of characters are an enjoyable mix of the sympathetic, the villainous, and the ambiguous.a
aFarrell easily wields an immense cast of characters...[a] rich and complex story.a
aA thoroughly enjoyable ride.a
a"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
?[Farrell?s] best yet, a delicious melange of politics, war, sorcery, and religion in a richly imagined world.?
?George R. R. Martin, "New York Times" bestselling author
?Considerable charm and appeal...the cast of characters are an enjoyable mix of the sympathetic, the villainous, and the ambiguous.?
?Farrell easily wields an immense cast of characters...[a] rich and complex story.?
?A thoroughly enjoyable ride.?
?"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
About the Author
S. L. Farrell boasts (but generally resists sending out) a resume that includes the obligatory long list of occupations, including a stint as half of a juggling act where a few scars and a grudging appreciation for gravity were acquired. Other interests include music, fine art, history, and the fascinating details of cultures both present and past. S. L. is the author of The Cloudmages trilogy: Holder of Lightning, Mage of Clouds, and Heir of Stone; and The Nessantico Cycle: A Magic of Twilight, A Magic of Nightfall, and A Magic of Dawn. S. L. Farrell currently lives in Ohio and teaches Creative Writing at a local university. He can be found at farrellworlds.com.
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The writing is skillful, which I respect, so I've given the book a 3 star rating. It hasn't gripped me, though. By the same point in Martin's Game of Thrones, I was hooked and had a hard time putting the book down to sleep or go to work. I feel disappointed by this book. I'll keep reading a little at a time to see if it gets better.
Some of you may have been expecting a much different story because of the Cloudmages series. There were no big battles but instead political machinations as different factions strove for power. It is a story of religion vs politics vs science, not of swords vs magic vs demonic beings, so perhaps for some this book is not what they are looking for, but for those of us who enjoy the political, behind-the-scenes intrigue, this book is for you.
As for the nomenclature, the back of the book contains an index where everything is explained. Use it as a reference for the first few chapters and then it shouldn't confuse or bother you. Once you get it down, it adds to the story and helps you better understand the culture.
I would highly recommend this book to any fantasy fan.
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