The Cripple and the Staff

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No one knew they were there. He must face them and he learns he is one of them. More
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Review by: andrew mancey on July 25, 2013 :
Truly a good read. Have bought many inferior books over the years. Really excellent for a first novel and the result of much work. I look forward to the next volume. [Disclaimer - am related to the writer]
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Review by: Bob Craton on May 26, 2013 :
I like this book - quite a lot actually. It takes its own special approach and stays away from many of the tired clich├ęs of the fantasy genre. No demons, elves, or vampires. Sorcerers and magic are essential to the story and yet the author also creates a very believable medieval society. I particularly like the description of the villagers in the first part of the book. They aren't good people but they are definitely believable.

More importantly, the characters are well developed. They are neither generic nor wooden. You actually care what happens to them, a quality which I appreciate. The plot is intriguing and keeps you reading. You constantly want to find out what happens next.

I don't like spoilers so I avoid putting summaries of books in my reviews, but I should point out that this is a complex and lengthy story. That makes it my kind of book but I'm aware that some people only want short and simple tales - and this isn't. Clearly, it is the opening part of a trilogy-length work. It has a bit of a cliff-hanger ending. I already have volume II and will read it now, and I hope the author finishes volume III soon.
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