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- Publication Date: February 11, 2015
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- Language: English
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The Unending is set in an entirely new fantasy world. There are no elves, no trolls, or gnomes...no wizards. The only thing about this book that I have found in every other fantasy novel that I have loved is the normal people, with pasts and hardships and inabilities and pains rising to the occasion beyond what they ever thought they would be able to do. People like you and like me who find themselves suddenly in a position where what they do may save the world.
Once upon a time, the world was a place inhabited by powerful beings...Geomancers. Before there were humans, animals, or any life as we know it today there were the geomancers, amorphous beings of unlimited power. But, by the careless actions of one of their kind, they were undone. All but two, changed. Only two with the knowledge and the ability to take on form that could last through the changes.
Now, thousands of years later Herendak has finally found the way to return his people to the world, to fix the mistakes that he made. The cost, however, is higher than even he has imagined....and much higher than the lowly humans are willing to pay.
The struggle is well written, and the characters as they come to understand their parts in the struggle are well realised. I found the story just a little difficult at first, but it wasn't long before I was deep into the world that Mr Sands has created. And I too wonder what will come next....
For a book that is a fantasy novel Adam opens with a very human nature - a birth so well described that we immediately feel involved with the characters: `Meryn had known this would happen. She had known for nine months. She had especially known about the pain...Herendak, the father, had left her to run to a nearby farmhouse, for water and someone to act as a midwife, if he could find anyone. And Rilenheim came across the mess..."It will be over soon." And it was. She knew it was over when she found herself laughing and crying at the same time. She heard screaming and saw her baby girl. Only then, in that instant, did she realise just how little knowing meant. She watched as Rilenheim severed the cord with his thumb and forefinger. She had done it. She reached out. Rilenheim wrapped up the baby in his cloak, ducked through the door, and ran. Meryn stared, then screamed. Herendak finally found her in an irrigation ditch at the end of the field, ankle sprained, crying and sobbing, and no longer laughing at all.' And so Adam Sands births his novel of magic, immortality, bizarre places - yet always holding on to the sense of human emotions that make his characters, fantastical though they be, credible.
The story is complex but the author's synopsis pulls us in: `The immortal Herendak wants to undo the end of the world. It didn't used to be filled with humans. It was once so very different. It had no boundaries, no limitations. No planetary rings which scarred the sky. After a thousand years, he has a way. Meryn gives birth to his child and things will never be the same again. But Meryn begins to change. A sickness creeps up her leg. What has Herendak taken from her? What is he willing to do to remake the world? What, she wonders, as something hunts her relentlessly across the land, has he already done? As an army of monstrous creatures gathers in the north, the Kingdom of Draldorn rallies its military to stop him, and two sisters, a mercenary and a band of outlaws find themselves trapped in a secret which will decide the fate of them all.'
Writing fantasy is a challenge - creating odd names, various creatures, impossible mission gone wrong, hurdles of monstrous proportions, etc - but it is a challenge Adam Sands meets and conquers. For a first novel this is a most impressive fantasy. He is an author worthy of watching. Grady Harp, March 15
Herendak, a magical immortal, has spent thousands of years trying to bring the world back to the way it was before the creation of humans. Now that Meryn, a mere mortal, has given birth to his child there’s nothing standing in his way except for Rilenheim; the only other magical immortal left in the world. His mission to stop Herendak’s plan from coming to fruition will start a war and uncover a very well kept secret that will decide the fate of the world.
The theme of this novel seems to be trying to stop the end of the world. Dreary though it may be the author does a good job of making you feel gloomy right along with the mood of the book. Set in the times of Kings, Queens, palaces and distant lands roamed by magical creatures and humans alike, the characters took on a Lord of the Rings type feel but nowhere near as captivating. The chapters were a bit lengthy and changed scenes so many times that you were never quite sure whether you were in the past, the present or the future. The plot kept building and just when you thought it was all going to come together and finally make some sense, it doesn’t. In fact, the conclusion fell flat and left you feeling even more confused.
For a debut stand alone novel it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. The storyline didn’t flow, there were more than a few grammatical errors and it really did have an “is it over yet?” type of quality.