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In between bouts of writing, Chris Northern does other things. He says he has no hobbies of his own, but is more than happy to go do things that other people enjoy. Exploring caves, wondering around castles and hiking are just a few examples. Swimming is pretty much out, though. No gills, no swimming. Boats are okay, just so long as they work. He does not get seasick. Or airsick.
Chris Northern lives wherever he happens to be and will move at the drop of a hat. Any hat. To anywhere. Though if it is cold he will likely not stay long. Just long enough to drive a 4X4 over a glacier, maybe.
He is often to be found eying the horizon; shortly thereafter, he is often found to be gone.
Chris Northern writes Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Concealed Kingdoms (Fantasy)
The King's Ward
The Heir Reluctant
The Price of Freedom (quartet of fantasy novels)
The Last King's Amulet
The Key To The Grave
The Invisible Hand
All The King's Bastards
Dancing with Darwin (A collection of related Science Fiction stories)Also Available Individually
Young Adult SF
on April 25, 2012 :
I found it difficult to get into this epic fantasy. The story jumps continually among several groups of characters who don't connect until the last part of the book. It took me a long time (about 200 pages of the 500) to identify the pivotal character and start to assimilate where the plot was going. There were interesting moments especially in the battle scene near the end.
I found it interesting that the author ends with his own analysis of the book that indicates that he didn't get it right.
The author's series starting with The Last King's Amulet is much better.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)