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Writer of fantasy, adventure and SF. Visual artist, musician.
Chris's books include: Avenger : a swords and skulls fantasy, Beastslayer : Rise of the Rgnadon, The Relic Retriever, the Rogues of Bindar series, Future Destinies, Fantastic Realms and Denibus Ar.
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on May 21, 2012 :
This novel has quite a slow start, as I only really became interested in the story about halfway through. However, from that point on, I was intrigued and wanted to know what would happen to Baus.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Dec. 10, 2011 :
The first book from Chris that i read was Denibus Ar which i liked (a lot). The next was Fantastic Realms which gave me a headache. Nice stories but alost unreadabe to a non_native speaker. This book is no better but is also hampered by two other things. First of all, there is no real plot (that i could find) but rather a sequence of unbelievable adventures. Nothing amiss with that but other than the main character, Baus, it does make you wonder where all the other characters have gone and done. Maybe this is explained in the next books but if so that woud be equally unsatisfactory. This book does require multiple plot lines that diverge-converge or a lesser amount of main characters.
Talking about characters, they are not ovely developed either. It took me a while to figure out whether Baus was cunning or just plainly lucky for example...
All in all a though read for all people without a degree in english literature.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on Nov. 03, 2011 :
The words get in the way of this story, which is a shame as it could well be an excellent pulp fantasy. If you are a fan of grandiose, overly descriptive language in your fantasy novels, this may well be for you.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Hard to get into the storyline of this book, the author didn't develop his characters well enough early in the book to keep a reader attention, storyline was very slow to develop as well. Will not recommend this book to others.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Early in the book, one of the characters proclaims to another, "“An eloquent remark for one so vulgarly inebriated." Indeed, the tale is plagued by eloquence - in fact it is an eloquence that is seemingly out of place among such a plebeian, common-placed folk. The author has a vast command of vocabulary, but while his language skills are impressive they are out of place among the commoners that occupy the wharf town of Heagram. I admire the writer's command of vocabulary, or thesaurus, but they interfere with the story and perhaps the best development of the characters. As I began the book, I thought that perhaps it was his intention convey a sense of the archaic, but if so, he has perhaps gone too far. The language overpowers the characters. It also overpowers what plot there is - which is thin. I was fully three-quarters of the way through the book before the plot made any sense at all, and then it was weak. Between his use of language and the length of time it took to develop his plot, I found the book tedious to read and struggled to get through it. I would like to give the author the benefit of the doubt, but found very little in this book to regard or recommend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)