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Born and raised in the fickle-weathered city of Melbourne, Australia, Heath worked in all sorts of jobs in all sorts of places, from high rise city buildings to keeping an eye out for crocodiles, french cuff shirts to tradie work gear and back again. Along the way he acquired a degree in Philosophy and Psychology as well.
An avid reader all his life, he especially enjoys the works of David Gemmel, David Eddings, Ursula LeGuin, Frank Herbert, Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis, Matthew Riley, Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy among others.
Having studied Philosophy he also enjoys the works of Hume, Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes and Nietzsche.
Currently writing the third book in the Arradon trilogy, he lives with his wife Jeanette in Melbourne, Australia.
Also, he finds it weird writing about himself in the third person.
on Aug. 28, 2012 :
Ticks off all the key elements and then some!
All the standard fantasy fare is here in this book by Heath Aston. Dwarves and elves, dragons and demons, heroes and great evil fill the pages. What the author does with all of these standard elements isn't always original, but he has crafted a wonderfully engaging story that is deeply satisfying.
Talain, the High Lord of Arradon, the hero of the story, is a great hero and surprisingly human. There is no Sam Gamgee , the reluctant and devoted hero, here, nor even a Frodo Baggins, hero in the midst of failure, but Talain has just enough of both to be approachable. The other characters are well thought out and only one becomes too much of a deus ex machina character right near the end.
The plot is complex enough to give the characters plenty of work to do without being unnecessarily obtuse. To say much more about the plot, though, would be to give spoilers. There do seem to be a couple of slight problems with geography and chronology, but, again, these are minor quibbles with a story that covers eight centuries and an entire continent.
This is standard fantasy done particularly well. It is well worth its price. I can't wait for the next instalment. I would give this book four and a half stars if I could - it is that close to a five star work.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)