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In Wilder Lands: The Fall of Eldvar Paperback – August 8, 2011
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Anyway, this story focuses on Estin, a free wildling that is struggling to figure out just how he fits into his world. He hasn't come across many of his kind, so when he encounters a fox wildling, he becomes enamored with her and chooses to become part of her pack. What follows are epic battles, chases, emotional struggles, and the constant threat of legions of undead warriors obliterating everything he holds dear on his world.
There was so many intricate details skillfully woven into Galford's world, and his characters, that I had to read the book again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. And, in fact, I had, but that's due to my eagerness to keep reading to see what would happen next! I truly enjoyed the interactions between Estin and Feanne. I really loved Finth, the dwarf, and his constant insults, and even more so I loved how this angry, belligerant dwarf did a complete turnaround and become a loyal member and friend to the pack.
I tip my hat to the author as he has created a fantastic world where clearly a lot of time and energy were spent on crafting realistic battles, quirky mannerisms of the various wildlings, appearances, fur color, etc. If you think you're a fan of fantasy adventure stories, you have to give this one a try! I also encourage fans to drop the author a line and encourage him to continue the story with a sequel. :)
There is a lot of stuff going on in this book and it revolves around some very well done characters and a unique story. The book covers a full gambit of emotion with several instances of humor in the books that made me chuckle and some the issue of slavery is treated with a very real gravity. There is also a bit of a romantic element that Estin finds himself involved in. That is usually a bit touchy of a subject for me, as if it's not done right I lose a lot of interest in the story. Jim managed to keep me involved throughout. This is a very well done book and deserves a 4.5 star rating that I have no problem rounding up for the review sites.
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However, what I didn't know before purchasing this book was it is encrusted in DRM, making it a pain to read(the way I want, anyway). Got it all straightened out, but that's worth minus half a star for me. I honestly just about asked for a refund when I found out.
After I started reading it, I was hooked. I've head it over the course of about four nights, and stayed up late doing so. It was addicting, and I just wanted to see what would happen.
Now, the characters being stereotypes or not, that I don't care about. They were interesting enough, and the names unique enough, to keep me from confusing any of the characters, and I think it a good book overall. I'm going to be buying the next book now, so that should say something.
However, the one thing that massively disappointed me was this authors distinct lack of knowledge about tactics. When you know that an army will likely be coming to your village or encampment, do you just wait it out and pray they won't come, or do you attempt to give yourself the advantage when they /do/ come? I mean, things as simple as digging trenches and erecting fences, walls and such out of the surrounding environment will always give you some advantage. Simply waiting, and then being in /big/ trouble when they come seems silly to me. And yet, this happens several times in this book, both to the main characters and others.
(for an example of doing this right, see some of G. Howell's works).
Just my 2c.
To be otherwise short and sweet, this book seems to have it all: A little romance, plenty of action, suspense, depression and hopelessness, tension and relief. I'd recommend this book to practically anyone who's even the slightest entertained by medieval and fantasy themed books has a little something for everyone, I believe.
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