The Flight from Kar (The Emperor's Library: Book One)

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Expelled from the Valley of Women, the seventeen-year-old Jon finds friendship with the Forester Zoë and love with her brother John. But disaster strikes, and Jon leads Zoë and his companions to Kar, the imperial capital, where they save the Emperor and his library from religious fanatics who menace the city and commence a journey of challenge and discovery. More

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Words: 162,810
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466169883
About Frederick Kirchhoff

A graduate of Harvard College, Frederick Kirchhoff has held a number of academic positions and has written books and articles on many literary topics, including British Romanticism and the writings of William Morris. He now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Review by: kym brown on May 09, 2012 :
This started out a little awkwardly for me, as dialogue seemed clunky, but I think the author got over that awkwardness quite quickly, and it was all uphill from there.
What I love about all four books in this series are the characters- They're real, they screw up, they do the wrong thing for the right reason and the right thing for the wrong reason, and sometimes they are just plain WRONG.
I'm not going to ramble on here about plot, because-hey, you can just READ IT. You'll be glad you did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Preston Faggart on Feb. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
The Flight from Kar begins the journey into a fantasy world, safely beyond our machine age technical society.... a land of humans like us, but with extreme or primitive ways... a bronze age group of "wild men", some hunter gatherer agri forest people... some towns with business and market institutions.. opposing armies... despotic governments ... a theocracy ...

The first protagonist we meet, Jon, brought up by a town of women, hardly knowing his own mother, found encountering a man named John from a neighboring, but little known family of forest dwellers, and given a pretty green pendant. The story unfolds like the geography, and road trips commence, with more and more curious folk, following in a land of a great river... mountains, forests, moors, plains, beaches, an ocean with islands... but we do not even know if it is the planet Earth, two moons hang in the sky!!!! There is not much evidence of a past civilization such as ours.. but there is a thirst among the restless children for knowledge of the past... of their own past.. and certain magic.. mental as much as physical... prevails...

Kirchhoff spins out a fascinating tale, richly detailed, of men and women against oppressive forces, political and social, and against there own doubts, ignorance, desires! The angst of modern life with all its religion and politics are reflected. Like many good mythes the parallels with modern life are there if you want them, if not, take it as another grand epic... resonance of stories like "Lord of the Rings" and even Harry Potter with just a hint of Twilight mixed in. Canterbury tales sort of folk, even!!!! Kirchhoff has scored a winner!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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