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David Gustafson graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after he began work on "The Shrine of Arthis," but life got in the way. After being married for nearly thirty years and raising three kids, he began re-writing the novel and introducing his life experience along with an ever growing love of nature.
When not writing, David is the Energy Resource Manager for the Board of Public Utilities in his home town. His hobbies include hiking, day dreaming and long walks through the woods.
David's works have been inspired by authors like Frank Herbert, Ursula Le Guin, Steven Donaldson, Robert Silverberg, and, of course, J. R. R. Tolkein.
on April 08, 2016 :
Book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off. That's a good thing, but there were no reminders for me, so it took me a while to remember the events of book 1. If you're able to, I'd recommend reading them straight through. You won't be disappointed that you did. :)
The descriptions of magic in this installment really had me hooked. I almost felt as I were the one channeling the raw powers of the elements. I love it when I'm drawn into a fantasy world like that. Also the vivid descriptions of the world itself gave me an excellent view of the characters' surroundings. There's just enough to give me a feel for the world without slowing down the story, which is fast-paced with some very nice action scenes.
I was most delighted to see Jerrid grow and change during the course of the story. His magic evolves, and he becomes wiser, growing from a headstrong boy into a man. I also enjoyed getting to know Rendel better in this installment, and the addition of King Arthis (though his part is small) was a nice touch. Last but not least, there is also a more detailed look at some of the bad guys, which I always enjoy.
I was surprised this book ended up being so short. At only about 130 pages there was certainly a lot within the pages. I know I would have been happy with a longer version, even if it only meant stretching out some of the action scenes. However, I didn't feel that anything was lacking, and the story comes to a tidy conclusion.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)