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Rich Feitelberg is a poet and novelist, author of the Aglaril Cycle. The first of these epic novels, Aure the Topaz, is complete and released October, 2013. Rich is now working on the rest. He also has fifteen short stories to his credit. In his spare time, Rich writes poetry, and blogs. For more information about Rich's activities, visit his web site, feitelberg.net.
Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Worcester State College. His Master of Arts in Technical Communication was received at Bowling Green State University. Currently, Rich is working on several writing projects: completing his fantasy series, the Aglaril Cycle and writing more poems and short stories.
on April 25, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading this first novel in the series. It has a slow start, but once Aure is introduced and the plot starts to move, it holds the readers interest. The characters seem flat, need more background or shaping, but this may improve in the next novels. Also, the conflict among the two branches of the elven population and humans is rather vague. Nevertheless, if success is measured by a reader's desire to find out what happens next, the author has a successful first novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)
M L Sawyer
on Jan. 09, 2011 :
This is a novel about a Priest (who is also a warrior / demon hunter), who gets involved with an Elf, her partner a Bard, a human teen who was raised by elves, and a wizard to protect an ancient gem.
The world created by Rich Feitelberg is unlike any other I have read involving Elves. Here the Elves are split between basically the good Elves, that generally keep to themselves aside from the rare ones that live with humans, and the bad Elves that took over one of the human cities and remain there still, all sharing the philosophy that humans are only good if they are 'red and dead'.
Though his ideas and some of his characters are rather unique, I found that there were areas in the novel that perhaps required a bit more work in weaving a story that the reader can see instead of having a reader wade through only the words on the page.
Overall it was an interesting story and I would look forward to the next in the series, anticipating Rich's writing to mature as the tale continues.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)