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Yes, there will be those who only bother to read the first few pages and declare this book another "Lord of the Rings" ripoff - too bad for them, because they will miss an excellent adventure. For those of us who can indeed recognize a respectful nod to Mr. Tolkien and who love to play the "Dungeons and Dragons"-style role-playing games, this is the stuff of dreams.
Make no mistake, readers, while this tale carries some traditional features of the fantasy genre, it is not your everyday fare. By the time you reach the end of this first novella in The Tower and The Eye series, you had better be in it for the long haul with the characters, because the author makes it clear that things will get much darker before the dawn.