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| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765350386
| ISBN-13: 978-0765350381
| Content: Science Fantasy, Heroes, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; (July 31, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Cover Art: Christian Mcgrath
| Source: Author/Publisher
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| Rating: 5 Stars
You know, usually, after I read the book, but before I write my review, I read a few other reviews to see if my impressions are too far off the mark. Normally what I find is that I agree with most of what others say, which in turn gives me confidence in my own assessment. This time however, I ran across reviews that made me wonder if I had read the same book.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
One of the main problems I believe is nobody was reading the preface's to each chapter. Please do not skip over those. While they appear to have little to do with the ongoing story, they provide clues to the back-story and their importance will become evident later on. If you do not read these, you will jump to some seriously incorrect conclusions.
OK, now for my impressions. First of all, I loved the magic system and I liked the suitably dark world. This is the type of book that I term Science Fantasy. There are two types of "magic" used and both have scientific components. Not great science but if you do not question it too closely, both systems are well thought out and consistent. The characters are well fleshed out and while I did not find them to be lovable, I did find them to be believable.
So if I only liked the world and I was not in love with the characters, why you ask did I love this book? Well, it made me think, and question, a lot. My favorite character has to be Hammond, because like him, and sometimes because of him, I questioned things. Why were the Skaa (the slave race) so passive? What went wrong 1000 years ago that created the world in which our characters live? How were the Inquisitors created? Why are the Terrismen so feared by the Dark Lord? Were the Nobles all bad or just a product of their environment? What are the Kandras exactly? What causes the mists? The questions go on and on...
In this book, I found myself questioning everything and looking forward to the answers, not all of which will be found in these pages. Often what answers I found just led to more questions. There is a strong thread of both physiological and philosophical elements to this story. I loved every minute of it. The pacing, in my opinion is flawless. Just the right ratio of questions to answers leading to more questions, more answers, well you get the idea. Mixed in with all the mystery and the hints that there is much more going on then the reader, or the characters, realize, is some great action and drama. There are plenty of nicely choreographed fight scenes, some intense narrow escapes and a few exciting triumphs. My attention was held from start to finish with a sincere desire to hurry on to book two.
As far as content, this is another of those books that is not aimed at a YA audience but is very readable by teens. The violence is graphic at times but there is just the right touch of romance with a total absence of sexual content. I highly recommend this to fantasy lovers who want something a bit different and who love a story that requires you to pay attention to the nuances. Now I am off to read book two with the hopes that some of my questions are answered while giving me new questions to ponder. See you when I am done!
Librarything Rating 4.3/5
Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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