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Top Customer Reviews
Fantasy has never been this fun, or this fluid, but the beginning of book one struck me as slow going -- even though it was kind of action packed. Sean Runnette delivers the read with a sort of every man somnambulant pacing, and I wasn't sure I would be able to get into it. (I thought he sounded like Wilfred Brimey's nephew!)
OH, I was so WRONG! His read is SPOT ON PERFECT for this series, and he IS Eric! This is the holy grail for me -- a great series with the right narrator! Hurray!
Eric is a hero who is both a blood drinking vampire by night, and a gifted wizard by day. He rides around on a giant horse made of bronze, and he daydream/theorizes particle physics while he ruminates on magic. He's a deep thinker, not a muscle bound warrior type, and he always, ALWAYS tries to do the right thing -- unless he gets REALLY mad, and then all bets are off!
And stupid people are always making him mad.
There's a little romance, evil bad guys, ogres, orcs, elves, weird religions, living gods, a living mountain, and a medieval world full of simple souls who come to adore King Hollar (Eric), and follow him without question. And yet, the beauty of it all is that nothing about the experience is under his control. This is a complex story told simply, in linear style, with all the revelations and plot twists you'd expect from any field diary in a new world.
And I could NOT put it down! (Seriously sleep deprived.)
I think of the series as Adult Fantasy -- not in the sense that it's remotely explicit, but because it's written with adult experiences and humor in mind. Older kids could read and enjoy it, but it is the grownup in me that responds to the way things can go so wrong, even when you have the very best intentions. Relationships come together and fade away, people do the best they can and often fall short, and, our hero is plagued by self doubt and remorse. But what a fantastic ride!
I love Garen Whited. No, really. I adore him with the kind of devotion only the people on the mountain could relate to. Long may he reign.
HIGHLY, VERY HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED: All Fantasy Lovers; grownups looking for a fantasy they can relate to, older kids who love physics and magic, and people who need a grand escape to another, very different world. (Some mild sexual scenes, magical violence and scenes of torture. Also, a few bad words; parents should listen first.)
A note on genre: the blurb (which needs serious work, I'm afraid) gives the impression that this is a modern urban dark fantasy/vampire story, but after an early setup phase, it's really mostly straight alternate-world magic fantasy. I was strongly reminded in several ways of the currently ongoing Spellmonger series by Terry Mancour, another great Unlimited find, especially in the style and tone of the hero; I love this kind of intelligent, competent, sensible yet essentially good protagonist, and they're hard to find. If you liked one, you'd probably like the other.
A highly amusing story with interesting characters and a good story flow. I never felt bored reading through its nearly 700 pages. This is no broody, angst-ridden vampire novel. This Lord of the Night is quite a jovial fellow.
While it is set to be a trilogy, this book has a good ending point that won't leave you hanging for years until the sequel.
This is a series book, I'm on book 3. Honestly I feel that if the writer took out all the "nothing related to the story" from all the books, this story could have been told in one book. The author drags out the story filling it with a bunch of fluffy nothing. I want to love the book, I really do. There is enough in it to keep going in the series (as well as my need to know the ending) but it really needs cleaned up.