Icarus Rising

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Icarus is a fantasy fiction, where a medieval world full of different races of Men, Elves, Dwarves, and Gracies have recently defeated the Dark Lord, Magnar. Now each race is trying to keep their lands and skills for themselves while expanding into each other's territory. Conflict quickly grows within and without of each race creating a complex world of intermeshing alliances and relationships. More

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About David Pauly

David Pauly grew up in Winnetka, IL, attending the University of Wisconsin—Madison, majoring in History. Working for a year as a Domino’s Pizza manager convinced him of the need for higher education, so he attended Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Moving to New Mexico David opened his own law practice in 1992 and remains a solo practitioner.

During a sabbatical in Paris, David attended Le Cordon Bleu, earning certificates in pastry and cuisine. Recently married, he and his wife Anne have several furry children, but no human children as of yet.

Interests include cooking, weather forecasting, martial arts, writing obviously and Japanese swords.

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Review by: Sarah (Workaday Reads) on June 1, 2011 :
Nostraterra is still recovering from the Great War. The peace is shattered when Alfrahil, Crown Prince of Eldora is the target of an assassination attempt. Preliminary investigations hint that his brother Daerahil may be involved. The King and several members of the other races start looking for the truth, but is there a greater evil working behind the scenes?

I had a really hard time getting into the story. The first few chapters seemed to be full of geographical and political descriptions that were confusing without knowing the storyline. There seemed to be a lot of looking back at the Great War. So much so that I felt like I was reading the third book in a series and had missed a very large, important part of the story.

But once I reached the storyline concerning Alfrahil and the assassination attempt, the story really took off and became engrossing.

The world was very developed and intricate. You can tell that the author put a lot of thought and time into creating it. But there was a downside. There were too much unnecessary descriptions. Geographical, historical and political. Much of the content didn't add to the story, and just seemed to be there to prove the author had fully developed the world.

With some ruthless editting this would be an amazing first book in a series. As it is, it is hard to get into and stay into.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
Review by: Albert Yang on April 29, 2011 :
This is a incredible book with complex plots, well fleshed-out characters, and lots of political and family conflicts. If you have read The Lord of the Rings, you will definitely enjoy this book.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Review by: Judy Cox on April 13, 2011 :
I don't normally read fantasy novels, but I am glad I read this. I really enjoyed it. All the dwarves, elves, and other fantasy creatures, were fascinating. I did have to get use to the names and creatures, but once I got into the story, I was set, and no looking back.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: John Schember on April 13, 2011 :
Highly enjoyable. If you're a Tolkien fan you will like this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Book Addict on April 7, 2011 : (no rating)
I like the book alot but don't need so much background stuff going on
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Paul Steele on April 5, 2011 :
It took me a bit to get into it... At first I was thinking the dialogue a bit over the top and the names of people and places a bit campy, but I have to admit it did grow on me and was glad I stuck with it.

There are the familiar races of a typical Fantasy story. However Pauly writes more of a dramatic story, with twisted plots, mystery and family intrigue. The storyline was well thought out, and I like that the characters were real people (or elves, or dwarves, or what have you).

My only complaint is that Pauly spends too much time on the back-stories, which distracts from the main storyline. Just my opinion... but obviously not too much of a problem, since I plan on reading the next installment as well.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Crimson Blayde on March 25, 2011 :
Written in the style of Lord of the Rings, this books follows several races as they try to recover from the reign of a great evil. While the plot was transparent in places, it was overall an entertaining read. I would have no problem giving the sequel a try.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: sile on March 22, 2011 :
If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings you will love this book. It has everything. There are elves, dwarfs, Men, ent-like beings called Magi, and Gracies , who I find akin to Hobbits. There are Dark Elves, Giants, and at least one Vagwar. The political intrigue is everywhere and eventually will affect everyone. Will the evil that has been vanquished return? Will one of the Princes of Eldora be dragged into evil's embrace? There is to be another book in this series, and I can hardly wait for it to be available. I loved this one.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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