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| ISBN-10: 9781907519017
| ISBN-13: 9781907519017
| Publisher: Solaris (June 29, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars
This book sadly has garnered only average reviews. Mainly I think because compared to the deep, dark, complex and innovative Fantasy of today, it seems a bit too simplistic. All I can say is, thank heavens for simplistic. Not that I don't love complex and intense, I do, but sometimes it is nice to read something more relaxing. Something that reminds me of the Fantasy of my youth.
The tale here is pretty classic. Proud parents, King and Queen of course. Twin princes separated in age by only seven minutes. The eldest is the King's heir, but it's the younger that is beloved by all. The heir jealous of his brother's popularity while the younger fiercely loyal to his older sibling. There is the young princess who wants desperately to control her own destiny and the third "extra" son, gentle, kind, unneeded, sent off to become a warrior monk, a role which he is not at all suited for. Then you have the trusted protagonist who is not who they appear to be but are actually seeking power by employing a combination of betrayal and lies. Throw in a prophecy, plenty of magic, political intrigue, a bunch of youths on the cusp of adulthood who excel at finding (or making) plenty of trouble for themselves and you have good old fashioned fantasy.
What can I say. I enjoyed it for some of the same reasons that others did not. For me, it was a nice change of pace.
It does read like a coming of age YA novel. The main characters range from 13 to 20 years old. However, unlike the fantasy of my youth, (when such things were unfortunately, never discussed) part of the story focuses fairly heavily on the Servants of Palos who are "lovers of men". A situation where, if it is discovered, is punishable by death. A plot point which again, some people don't like but I think adds tension and a feeling of sympathy for the characters who are involved.
The story, as much as I enjoyed it, is not without flaws. Affinity, which is the type of magic prevalent in this world, could have been explained alot better. If you have ever read my other reviews you know I like magic which has rules. I'm hoping it will be better explained as the story progresses but for now I have more questions then answers. The book also ends in a definite cliffhanger, the type which originally caused me to stop buying books until the entire series was in print.
It all boils down to what you want to read. If you are in the mood for something light, character driven and comfortably familiar, so far this series fits the bill. If you want a dark, intense, complex, roller-coaster of a drama, this will leave you wanting much much more.
Now I am off to see what happens next. Until my next review, happy reading!
Librarything Rating 3.35/5
Amazon Rating 3.3 out of 5 stars
(27 Customer Reviews)
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