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Prisoner of the Horned Helmet Mass Market Paperback – 1989
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One word to describe Silke's writing style is, "florid." Undoubtedly, Silke is great at conveying with words the varied and colorful world that exists in his mind. In a way, however, he makes the reader a less involved in that the reader only passively consumes the rich tapestry of Silke's words. But it does make for an incredibly absorbing read, aided tremendously by Frazetta's drawings. A nice trick in each of his Gath books is that Silke makes an effort to fit the cover art into the narrative, a single scene that segues neatly into the plot where the cover art is described in perfect detail. A transmutation of a picture into a thousand (or a few less, actually) words!
I highly recommend this series. I would love to see this turned into a movie series. I feel that "look & feel" design has already been done by Silke.
Interesting, I tried Silke's other writings and was less than enthused. It's the same with my other favorite fantasy series "Seventh Sword" by Dave Duncan, and to a lesser degree, "Deeds of Paksanarrion" by Elizabeth Moon. While I found most of Duncan's writings other than the "Seventh Sword" to range from average to unreadable, I am enjoying Moon's "Vatta War" series.