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Vassal of El Paperback – November 19, 2008
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Fine fantasy novel which quickly engages and holds the reader's hunger for the resolution of love conquering evil. -- Crystal Reviews - Viviane Crystal
Vassal of El is a wonderful combination of fantasy story and murder-mystery (ok, to be pedantic, almost-murder-mystery). -- Eternal Night
You will simply will not want to put it down. -- Scribesworld - RM Blacketer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
"So, look who we have here."
Torren turned to the side, recognizing Elons voice. "What do you want?"
The young flyer gave him an unpleasant smile. "Were doing our duty to our God, as we should. Though I very much doubt it is what youre doing."
Torren glanced upward toward the nearest spire looking for the guard but found the spot empty.
One of the four laughed. "Tyo, I think hes looking for you."
Glancing over his shoulder, he saw the one directly behind him was wearing armor and was armed. He cursed quietly to himself. He had the knife in his boot, but it would be hard to reach it in such close quarters. "I ask you again, what is it you want?"
"Ive already told you," Elon said, smiling widely, "were here to do Els work." The smile died. "You may think youve fooled everyone, but youre wrong. Some of those old fools may be willing to believe anything just to allay their fears, but there are those of us whod rather reveal the truth instead." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The characterization is well-done. There aren't two-dimensional characters in this book. You can picture the awkward, uncertain Larana...the strong but tortured and shamed Torren, lost in the cracks between two worlds...brash, protective Sal...sweet, devoted, and strong Micca...and so forth. It's not a small group of characters, but you won't get lost in the crowd either. You really feel for the characters and their aims. These people, though we see them from Torren's POV, are complex, with their own goals, biases, and fears. When Torren doesn't know something, Gloria Oliver doesn't slip out of deep third to tell you. It simply becomes an issue for Torren to consider, and in this story of deception and betrayal, there are few people Torren can trust completely.
The world is fantastic, lush with lore, history, and well-written visuals. Oliver shows us the world and lets us experience the wonder as Torren rediscovers it through fresh eyes. It's also got great culture clash, since the Landers and the Flyers have such very different societies and mores, and they each have outlandish stories about the others...humorously so.
The plot is intricate and without continuity errors. As I said earlier, there are lies within lies, distrust, betrayal, and all manner of dangers outside of that as well.
There is not a romantic interest in the book, though there are glimmers of what MIGHT someday become a romance, which is nice.
To be honest, I would LOVE to see something more from this world, to revisit the characters years later, but I understand that the story has come to a satisfying ending. Well done!