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Slaine, the Exile (The Lay of Slaine Mac Roth, Book One) Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844163873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844163878
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,514,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since I have little familiarity with the original Slaine comics from the 1980's I cannot comment as to whether or not the present novelization follows the graphic source materials. From what I can gather the original comics were at least partially based on artists' interpretations of classic Irish literature as the "Cattle Raid of Cooley" (Tain Bo Cuailnge) and sections of the "Book of Invasions" (Lebor Gabala Erenn), and to a lesser extent gleanings from Greco-Roman literary references to the historical Celts. It would be much more advantageous to spend one's time studying the above two texts in any number of translations from the Old Irish. As a stand-alone book, "Slaine: the Exile" leaves much to be desired.

The author has a professional obligation to provide us deep and compelling prose not only concerning the protagonist and his kin, but their environment. On both counts Savile has failed us.

Surprisingly, there are no extended, detailed descriptions of the world in which the characters live, here styled the "Land of the Young" (Tir nan Og). Not even a graphic of a map is presented in the book. This is remarkably odd, since the majority of fantasy-oriented fictions are furnished with this convenience. Nature-worship, through a Mother Earth Goddess (Danu) in her various avatars, is the core of their belief-system, and yet the characters' surroundings, the natural world in which they live, is hardly painted at all, and where it *is* mentioned, only with the quickest of anemic brush-strokes, offering the reader a hasty silhouette sans any crucial details.
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Since recently having read the awesome Steven Sevile's gothic vampire fantasy novel, INHERITANCE, and loved it immensely, I thought I'd give his latest fare a try.

Is this the same writer...? SLAINE had all of the ingredients of a Conan type epic, but this celtic warrior just didn't do it for me. It's a decent enough novel, albeit a tad long-winded and too mundane for a fantasy world. But it is not a bad book.

But his Book #1 here isn't nearly as well written and engaging as his Book #1 of 3 in his vampire trilogy. (the final volume is due out in March) Where INHERITANCE shone like a blood slick jewel, Slaine was somewhat dull in comparison. The world wasn't as dark and fueled with awesome adventure as his fantasy vampire novel was. The action and the characterization weren't as captivating in Slaine.

I'm sorry Mr. Sevile, but reading about warriors playing soccer in a fantasy setting just doesn't sit well with me. Keep it primitive. Lots of missing detail in this novel, too. Really need to flesh your characters and their world out for the reader Steven. Like you did so well in Inheritance.

If you get anything out of this review, dear readers, it is to please give this writer a try. Just not this book first. If you like tons of interesting characters, both Good and Evil, and everything inbetween, then grab his Carstein trilogy, Book #1:Inheritance novel.

You'll see what I mean.
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