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| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
| Author: David Burrows
| Genre: Epic / High Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 145050681X
| ISBN-13: 9781450506816
| Content: Demons, Sorcery, Heroes, Dragons
| Publisher: Createspace; second edition (February 2, 2010)
| Cover Art and Design: Phillip McDonnall
| Paperback: 176 pages
| Read the Prologue
| Rating: 4 Stars
There is an ancient tradition of storytelling with stories being handed down from generation to generation. Way before the written word there were storytellers mesmerizing audiences with vivid tales of great deeds and mysterious happenings. This has the feel of one of those ancient tales.
Forget the "show don't tell" rules for writing. Forget emotionally engaging with the characters. Instead imagine yourself sitting around a bonfire with a group of your friends, relaxing and listening to a really great story. That is how it feels to read this book.
Epic Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane
♦ What I liked. I struggled with this book/series a bit. Not because I did not like it, but because I did - alot. But why did I like it exactly? It had no deep lovably flawed characters like Robin Hobb's stories, nor did it give me the warm fuzzy feeling I'd get from reading Anne McCaffrey. It didn't even have witty repartee like a David Eddings novel. Then I realized it. It was so simple. What it had is one heck of a good story. What it had was demons and dragons, sword and sorcery, danger and strife. What it gave me was the type of story I did not want to put down and when I did, I looked forward to returning because I wanted to know what could possibly happen next.
And did I mention the dragon? Oh yes, I got my dragon. A glorious, powerful, magnificent beast it was too.
♦ What else did I like? No, no need for a double take. Normally this is where I write about what I don't like. Not this time. Having accepted this story for what it is, instead of judging it by industry standards, I am not finding anything to complain about. I do have more good to say though.
David Burrows' narrative style results in a much more intense story in terms of action and pace. Instead of exploring the world from inside the mind of one or more characters, you are pretty much told everything you need to know and the focus then becomes solely on what will happen next. And next. And next. This book, like the first, is only 176 pages and yet it tells more story than some 600 page novels I've read. I also want to note that it does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If anything it is much faster than book one because there is more focus on action now that the worldbuilding is done. You will also witness more development of the characters as challenges are faced and tension escalates. Heck, even the static scenes are tense. The characters might be wearily trudging along, traveling from point A to point B, exhausted from their last conflict, but you remain on edge because at any minute, something evil is likely to crash the party.
♦ The Conclusion. The best way I can think of to sum up this book is with one simple word. Fun. It has served to remind me that sometimes it is life's simple pleasures that satisfy the most. Does this mean I don't still love deep, dramatic, complicated, emotional, philosophical, gritty, multilayered epic fantasy? No... But it does mean that sometimes all a really good story needs to be is simply a really good story. And the best part? It is not over yet. I'd be lying if I said I can't wait to see where this is all going.
Series Summary ~ Book One ~ Book Three
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