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G. M. Worboys grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia. Education and life led him to the city, first Melbourne and then Sydney. After almost twenty years he decided enough was enough and moved to a small bush block in the southern tablelands of New South Wales, from which he continues to create computer software for clients far removed from the kangaroos and goannas that stare in at him through the office window. A life-long obsession with books finally led him back to writing, an interest that for many years had seen exercise only in technical writing and scarily long emails.
Dryad was his first novel, inspired in part by the trees and the life that is so varied and abundant even in the dry of the Australian bush. Naiad and Nereid complete this first contemporary fantasy series, The Narun, but the writing hasn't stopped.
Kevin A. Lyons
on Nov. 19, 2014 :
This is the second book in the Narun trilogy, and you really do have to read the first book, Dryad, first. The first book introduces the main characters, defines the "Fantasy ecosystem," and sets up the storyline (well, storylines) for the second book.
The two storylines in this book involve a quest, or journey of discovery for some of the characters, while others are caught up in a government investigation into events that are especially suspicious since they partly involve the human world but are motivated from the hidden world of the Narun.
As the story unfolds it reveals that the plots are much larger, darker, and dangerous than anyone knew -- or could have predicted. By the end of the book we know much more about this fantasy ecosystem and its inhabitants, but the story doesn't really conclude -- it sets up the action for the third volume. This is another reason to read the first story first -- if you like it, you'll be happy to sign up for the rest of the journey.
Like the first book, this is a lot longer than most books I read. The characters are well-defined and their personalities are believable. The fantasy world is well thought out and consistent -- major points are always foreshadowed and there are no sudden, unexpected miracles. The landscape, especially for the quest, is interesting.
And, like the first book, I think the writing could have been "tightened up" a bit, especially in the first half. But it's a good story, well told. I enjoyed reading it, and I recommend the series -- at least, the two books that I've read so far.
Just make sure you read the first book, Dryad, first!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)