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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. 24, 2014 :
This is the concluding volume in the Narun trilogy. It's the longest in the series, but I didn't feel that it needed to be "tightened up."
This books sets up the final conflict among the various peoples of the Narun. The book does a great job of filling in the last details of the races and setting up the conflict. When war comes the action is handled deftly and without confusion -- showing, in some cases, the "fog of war" without becoming foggy itself. The war itself has aspects that range from the Battle of the Bulge to the Trojan War.
Since the war is for the world, and humans are part of that world, humans are involved -- even though they cannot see or hear the Narun. This was my only (mild) concern. It seemed to me that the way that the humans were involved was a bit too easy. Not quite a caricature, but a bit two dimensional -- especially given the richly detailed development of the Narun.
Anyway, I enjoyed this trilogy very much and recommend it. But the volumes really must be read in order.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)