An Exercise in Futility

Rated 2.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Beyond the borders of the mighty Kalharian Empire, the Tribes of Gurdur wander a vast plain. When the border falls under dispute and his tribe prepares for war, Ezekiel is left behind to train with his mysterious uncle. There he learns the art of necromancy, and begins to wonder: If a man can be brought back to life, why not a civilization?

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 65,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452337036

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Review by: Marilyn Velez on May 03, 2012 :
An interesting idea, writing the book from the viewpoint of a dying civilization. I thought some of the characters were very well-written and I particulary liked the descent into the underworld. That was a very interesting mythology and I loved the story development at this point. I felt that he story seemed to be trying to incorporate too many different kinds of fantasy genre; including a sword and sorcery, dwarves and elves, and even biblical references, and it felt muddled as a result of this. I did enjoy the characters and the historical aspect of the events that I would like to read more about these different cultures in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Australwind on April 27, 2012 :
Not sure what age group this is pitched at, but I would suggest that even for the teen fantasy market it falls a bit short. I was expecting something with more depth given the way the book was described in the blurb...and it failed to live up to that promise. There is in no doubt, the makings of a sweeping fantasy saga - the characters, the locations, the political background and even the language are all in place but unfortunately I found this piece of writing thin and underdeveloped.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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