on June 26, 2011 :
A well written series
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on June 19, 2011 :
This series is excellent! Continuing where the first book, The Stairway to Nowhere ended, this book draws you in immediately with clever dialogue, a fast-paced & entertaining plot, fascinating characters, & epic battles between Good & Evil, Love & Power. The Talismans & the Background realm incorporate themes similar to Zelazny's classic magnum opus the Amber series (a must read for any fan of fantasy, compiled in one volume The Great Book of Amber), but do so in a way that is fresh, original, & modern, set in the foreseeable future. The characters are complex & believable; magic, swordfights, & sorcerous duels abound, & yes, there is enough sex to make it fun & interesting for adult readers without derailing the plot & still be appropriate for most teens. I have already read The Stairway to Nowhere & The Child of Paradox twice each, & can't wait for the next in the series to be published, The Golden Game. Brian Rush deserves recognition for his great writing - Please keep it up! Thanks for the great reads!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Dec. 5, 2010 :
Although not normally a fan of fantasy and science fiction, I found this book so well written and convincing that I was willing to "suspend my disbelief" and enjoy the story.
The characters were well developed and I particularly liked the way the book delves into the tug of war between power and love.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2010 :
This is a magical meditation on love and power; it'll make you think, laugh, and think some more. It's set, as is The Stairway to Nowhere, in modern physical reality, but most of the action occurs in the Background Realm, a parallel stew of a world that includes fairies, goblins, and trolls. Events in this Background Realm impact human reality, which is the fascinating construct Brian Rush uses to imagine how the social evolution of humanity might be occurring. And he backs it up with loads of history and mythology!
"It is Power, not Love that insists on respect and trust," says the Librarian of Thoth to one of the two main character narrators, Falcon, as Falcon goes through his parallel personal choosing of love or power. This choice, love or power, mirrors what all of humanity must ultimately be allowed to do, but the timing has to be just right...and that's where the other main character and the alternating narrator, Angee, the Child of Paradox comes in. Angee grows up before our eyes and is very real and engaging; Brian does a wonderfully believable job of bringing her to life, or rather back to life, as the embodiment of love and power. Her task in volume 3 is to toughen up the Star Mages and ultimately pave the way to make us all Star Mages. I'm totally with her for the ride.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)