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About the Author
- ASIN : B005D7VELY
- Publisher : Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
- Publication date : September 27, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2994 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- #587 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Books)
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- #1,875 in Dark Fantasy Horror
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In my own personal view, I didn't think the story was that novel or interesting. It's your basic Big Evil Bad Guy with Big Evil Plan is opposed by Group of Fairly Decent People climaxing in the Big Battle. The one thing I did like is the political facet, but not too much is made of that. The characters who have roles that operate at the political level rather quickly just get caught up in being "party members." It would have been more interesting to me to see how resistance could have continued at a political level -along with- the more traditional sword and sorcery stuff. Few books really do that (it's generally one or the other).
Also, you should know I really didn't know much about the Dark Sun world. If I really enjoyed the world before coming to this book, I might have appreciated the story more.
In sum, it's not a bad book, especially in a genre that is absolutely littered with bad books. I just didn't get very caught up in the story.
Troy Denning also wrote another great desert-themed adventure titled “The Parched Sea,” featured in the TSR “Harper’s” series I believe which was also really really good. The lead in that book “Ruha” was a really great female lead.
I don't know anything about the "Dark Sun" universe, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story. The characters are singular, memorable, and easily distinguished. I like Denning's writing style. His action scenes and set pieces are easy to picture and just enough is revealed about the world to be interesting. Can't wait to read the next four!
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Background Arakis is a desert world for the most part because magic needs a life force to be used. Generally they use it from the plants which is why you see mostly desert.
Slavery is extremely common as are the Sorceror Kings who have magic and are the strongest of the strong.
Magic is twofold. Magic of the mind or psionics is a strong part of this world. Then there is the traditional magic however it is more linked to life then other settings.
The story was great and I love the idea of magic and psionics as a great combination for a world.
This story starts with Rikus and Neeva who are slaves of the High Templar Tithian. Along with there two friends I think you would say. One a dwarf and the other a halfling.
Anezka is a halfling who is so wild that people have no clue what she would do. Her ruthless behaviour shows so much about her.
Rikus to me isn't the strongest lead character. He does have a great role to play in this story. His love could either break the rebellion of the veiled alliance or help to save it.
Ktandeo was one of my favourite characters but inknew he was never meant to be main. His magic was strong as was his opinions and ethics. He trained one of my favourite mages ever.
Sadira a strong mage who sees black and white and doesn't realize that doing everything to win isn't going to help the cause of the Veiled Alliance.
Agis is probably the best of them while he is a psionic he also is a councilor and while he does have his flaws overall he is a good man who cares about people including his slaves.
This is a great first book and while it is a reread for me it felt like I was putting myself back to high school when I was reading this series regularly.
Ein weiteres positives Beispiel ist für mich Troy Dennings THE VERDANT PASSAGE, welches den Auftakt zur „Prism Pentad“ Reihe bildet.
Das Buch hat zwei Vorteile – zunächst einmal ist es schlichtweg gut und dynamisch geschrieben. Es liest sich kurzweilig und bietet eigentlich genau das, was man sich als Auftakt einer Romanreihe vorstellt, welche auf der harten und brutalen Welt von Athas spielt.
Das bringt uns direkt zu Vorteil zwei: Athas, die in „AD & D Dark Sun“ vorgestellte Welt, ist ein tolles Setting, und Troy Denning versteht es meiner Meinung nach ausgezeichnet, die Stimmung dieses Hintergrundes in den Roman einfließen zu lassen. Das Leben auf Athas ist nicht nur hart, sondern der gesamte Hintergrund bildet eine Fantasywelt, in welcher viele für Fantasywelten gültige Axiome komplett auf den Kopf gestellt wurden und mit vielen Klischees intelligent gebrochen wurde. Als „Dark Sun“ Anfang der 90er erschien war es äußerst bemerkenswert und mutig, und auch heutzutage, fast 30 (!) Jahre nach seiner Premiere, finde ich es immer noch sehr beeindruckend.
Insofern: wer Lust hat, eine stark geschriebene Geschichte zu lesen, welche auf der erbarmungslosen und schlichtweg originellen Welt von Athas spielt (und diesem Umstand auch wirklich Rechnung trägt!) ist mit THE VERDANT PASSAGE gut beraten. Auch über 25 Jahren nach seiner Premiere liest sich dieser Roman noch wirklich gut!