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R. M. Fraser
on Jan. 22, 2012 :
The story is good, so long as you can deal with some grammatical errors. It is one of only two reasons I do not give it 5 stars. The second is the length of the story. Noramlly, I don;t mind the length when a good story carries me through. However, with this one, Parkinson often found moments in the beginning and middle of the story to go on and on about historical events and people. This dragged on for me at times, and almost dropped me from continuing on. Perhaps the sequel will do more to tie in these things. I do hope it was worth my while.
Sorry if that seems to be too negative. The truth is, with those two things aside, the characterizations are done well for most of the characters, and the end did not go anything at all like I had thought it would, which was a pleasant surprise. It does make me want to read the sequel.
(review of free book)
on June 28, 2011 :
A nice straight-forward read.
This is a simple enough fantasy story about an amnesiac who might be a returned hero or god, it reminds me a lot of Roger Taylor's "The Chronicles of Hawklan", but with enough originality thrown in to keep you interested.
Azkun is not a very interesting character, he is confused and preachy at times.
The main character is Menish who is a good solid character with some real depth.
The rest of the characters are quite likeable and believable.
The plot is good, combining a war with magic, and there is some attempt at showing different cultures and world building although not in any real depth.
Given Azkun's beliefs through out the book it was hard to see how it would end without a complete anti-climax but thankfully it does, the ending has a few twists and surprises.
Everything is resolved and explained and handled very neatly.
A nice well written book.
(review of free book)