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A Well Written Story From My Favorite Writing Team
on September 1, 2002
This book is written very well. Mr. & Mrs. Eddings polished this story until it shined. I was very impressed with their prose. It was almost as if they were teaching a class in the mechanics of how to write the English language.
Anyways that doesn't even begin to describe a thoroughly engaging story. The only problem I really have with it was the Catholic priest was Irish, literally. Come on, that could have been a little more original, but then again, there are reasons for stereotypes.
Another aspect of this book that is of note, was that I was left with a lot of questions at the end of the story.
I don't think the author's intentions were to leave you hanging. I believe what "really" happened is left to your own interpretation to make you think.
There are going to be people who don't like this book because of that. Much like those people who don't like movies that actually have a point.
I also got the feeling that Mrs. Eddings had a stronger influence on this book than on any other previously except of course, Polgara the Sorceress.
If you are a fan of the Eddings' previous work, you will not be disappointed.
If you are a new fan I recommend starting with the Belgariad or the Elenium, but this is a fine story, and is as good as anything they have written previously.
I enthusiastically look forward to reading anything else they put out.
I take my hat off and bow in their general direction once again.