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Roger Parkinson is an author by night and a software consultant by day, although sometimes the two are reversed. He lives with his wife (high school sweetheart) and four sheep in New Zealand in an earth brick house that looks like a Romanesque Abbey (lots of arched windows). He built most of the furniture for the house himself and so far only one piece has collapsed.
Apart from writing books he dabbles in electronics, gardening, kayaking, hiking and growing his hair.
on July 12, 2016 :
A disappointing sequel.
This is a straight-forward fantasy story.
Olcish is a decent character, he's likeable enough and his actions are believable.
The plot is slow moving, a lot of the book is about nothing, Olcish learning about his own world with some coming of age stuff mixed in, all pretty standard fantasy fair.
Things pick up towards the end, the very end, but even then there is a little too much being forced from outside rather than having events follow from the characters decisions.
All the magic, working from outside the characters, gives the book a very simplistic feel, there are no surprises, there is almost no action and there is very little plot.
The ending feels too easy, especially by comparison to the difficulties faced in the first book.
This isn't as good as the previous book, Summon Your Dragons, it is well written and that makes it an easy read but it is quite forgettable.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 22, 2010 :
This is well written and a good squeal to "Summon your Dragons."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)