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The Nightblade Epic Volume One Paperback – March 7, 2017
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I can see his world, hear his characters, and feel their pains!
I cannot wait for Garrett to come out with Volume 2!
The author purposely robs the main character of any trace of agency or clear thinking ability at any point where it might be useful, and then loads it all back on the second it doesn't matter anymore. This is a cheap trick to build sympathy for the viewpoint character, but it is also dangerous because it can backfire and cause the audience to despise what they are reading. And that's exactly what happened to me.
"Run and hide," the book says, "you can't affect the outcome of anything around you, you can't help but act in the manner you have, your decisions are meaningless, things will happen regardless of your input, run and hide some more." That's the plot of book one.
It's disgusting, and you should not read this trash. Does it happen to be well-written trash? Yes, the prose is beautiful. The book is tremendously well put together. And I hated every second of it. Internalizing the lessons of this book will make you a less capable adult human. Stay away.
I started Nightblade looking for easy-to-read mediocre fantasy. I was slightly disappointed when it turned out to be well-written fleshed-out fantasy with developed characters. Because I totally needed *another* favorite series.
The Nightblade Epic starts out a pretty quick pace—one thing that distinguishes it, though, is that there isn’t really a quest-based plot. There are objectives, sure, but you’re not going to find Loren and co seeking out The Important Object of Importance to save the world right off the bat. Don’t get me wrong—I loved Percy Jackson—but over half of the fantasy books I read have the same basic, formulaic plot. Not so with Nightblade. The plot can seem meandering at points, but it was a breath of fresh air.
The characters are very well fleshed out and varied (surprise! a fantasy world where white people aren’t The Norm!), and I have grown attached to many of them—sometimes to my own heartbreak (but no spoilers). The conflict, even early in the first book, had me racing to read ahead. Robinson is wonderful at creating sub-plots that come together in ways you wouldn’t expect. Nightblade and Mystic are good, but I feel like the books really come into their own in Darkfire.
One thing to note is that most of the dialog is written in a semi-old fashioned way (’tis, mayhap—that sort of thing) that may not be to everyone’s taste. It took me a while to get used to it.
Addenda: Robinson’s world building can be…kinda sparse. While I would say this is absolutely a good thing—I have put down so many fantasy books that spewed poorly-thrown together exposition and random lore on every page—because it is a well-developed fantasy, I do want those details that can’t really be included in the narrative. So I was really excited to receive these pages Underrealm’s history, delving into the calendar, and clarifying & expanding characters’ backstories.
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