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on August 22, 2005
After reading the first novel in the series, In Legend Born, I could hardly wait to tackle The White Dragon - Part one of In Fire Forged. Laura Resnick has created a fully formed continent of multiple nations, cultures, religions, societies and peoples with a fascinating history. Some writers excel at writing action sequences while others depict characters with depth and complexity. Laura Resnick is superb at both. She is unique in her ability to create both male and female characters with equal dexterity. In fact it is her portrayal of women that gives The White Dragon its outstanding appeal. More so than other authors of sword and sorcery she has created a universe in which women are much more than secondary characters. Intrigue and action are woven together in a profoundly exhilarating epic tale. The White Dragon is a continuation of the story that begins with In Legend Born, so I would encourage anyone to read it first. Great story, great writing, great reading.
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VINE VOICEon January 8, 2004
I have been telling people for years to read In Legend Born, a book I quite enjoyed. I had given up on any sequels so I was pleased when this book came out. The White Dragon is a good diversion and an interesting story but not among the best or very good fantasy literature out there.
It does a good job introducing some new characters and telling us more about characters we met in the first novel but didn't get to know. There is one major new character, a boy that becomes central to Tansen's life and perhaps all of Sileria. We also get to know more about Elelar's husband. The problem the book runs into is just rehashing old stuff about the main characters Tansen and Mirabar. There is a tedious and entirely too long drawn out recounting of Tansen's decision to kill Armian. There are a few pages on this at the beginning of many chapters and it is a drain on the enjoyment of the book. Given how many years passed since In Legend Born, I was expecting a much cripser book.
Resnick is a good writer and has created a very interesting world but she pulls back on exploring it and the people in it with the depth of a Hobb or even a Haydon. I would still recommend this book. It is a decent effort but not a page-turner like In Legend Born.
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