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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second book in a page-turning fantasy adventure from one of the most successful new fantasy authors of recent years.

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James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961. He now has a veterinary practice in Sacramento, California, where he shares his home with two Dalmations, a stray German Shepherd and a love-sick parrot named Igor.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Jarvis on 15 Nov. 2008
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I have read all of the fantasy works of James Clemens and this book is his best so far. It suffers from some drawbacks, but overall, it is rather enjoyable. Clemens has created a rich world to set his story in and his Gods (and rogue gods) are sincerely intriguing.

The good news (for me) is that 'Hinterland' is an improvement from 'Shadowfall'. My main problem with the first novel of this series, though I enjoyed it immensely, is that it starts well, but the end gets a bit ridiculous - a villain with maniacal laughter et al. I felt Chrism was a clumsy plot device, not set as a development, but to serve as a mere "twist" at the end of the story, which is why it fell flat on its face (and the fact that Clemens is a bit confused as to what insanity is). This novel does not have that problem. It has villains, but not just for villains sake; they actually have a motive, and they seem at least a little sane and make some sense (Lord Ulf, for example).

'Hinterland' starts off very slow indeed, as we read endless chapters of a boy obsessing over wolf cubs, Dart going about her duties in her new position, and Tylar always being unhappy. Fair enough, normality is depicted, and soon after that, the action and plot development is full speed ahead, and it becomes difficult to put the book down. Although there are some predictable and obvious twists scattered throughout (having everyone related to one another loses its shock value after the first revelation), there are still some surprises, and it is a genuine treat to venture outside into different lands to learn of different cultures and such.

There are a few problems with Clemens ability at this point. Characterisation is a bit of an issue. Most characters are stereotypes or are black or white.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 6 Aug. 2008
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I've read both the Godslayer books and have enjoyed the experience. But comparing Clemens to the best of his contempories is a bit like comparing a supermarket curry to a madras from a top curry house. All the ingredients are in place it just doesn't quite have the same intensity.

The books are packed with original ideas, I loved the fallen Gods, the bullhound, the wyr and the charactor Dart. The odd thing echoed a bit of other work, Pup for instance smacked a little of Phillip Pullman's daemon
idea from Northern Lights but it must be so hard to write a completely original book and Clemens has come as near as damb it.

No the shortage of spice for me is in the charactorisation or lack of it. Great story but other than Dart everyone is a bit wooden and non descript. In fact you end up almost supporting some of the baddies like Lianora just because they have a bit more colour. Clemens needs to give the leads a few more flaws, a really bad temper, a drink problem or a tendency to overspend on their credit cards or something!

Still I think these are very under rated books and I will be following the story to it's conclusion and if anyone is out there and fancies a different take on fantasy from the usual collection of elves, trolls, wizards and barbarians I can recommend this and if he can just add that missing spice he shoots up to a 4 or 5 rating for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jan. 2007
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What I want to know is when the 3rd one is being published!! I just can't wait! I managed to read this book in 2 days, and I couldn't put it down.

The story continues with Tylar going for far off lands in search of the Cabal, there are some twists in the story and a lot of misdirection. In my opinion this makes the book that much more exciting and suspenseful by the end.

I can honestly say that James is one of my favourite fantasy authors. He has the skill and wit to put together a truly magnificent story that just makes me beg for more. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MKJ on 23 July 2007
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Although not quite as good as Shadow Fall, this is still a very good book. I wish there was the option of awarding 1/2 stars, because I would have gladly awarded this work 4 1/2.
The Godslayer series is now 2 books old and I will admit that I wil be impatiently keeping an eye out for book 3.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Jones on 8 Jan. 2007
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Having read James Clemens first series The banned and the banished a while ago, i picked up this series by pure chance, and am glad to say i havent been disappointed, flew through the 1st book in a matter of days, really drew me in, being a fan of eddings, fiest, is it so hard to find good fanstay, that isnt churned out by the bucket load. i have read the malazan books of the fallen series, and the prince of nothing trilogy and am happy to say while this isnt on the grand scale of those, it was a good read and am happy awaiting the next book in the series.

So i recommend anyone to pick this series up and have a read, you wont be disappointed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sammy-Fae on 28 Jan. 2007
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I have read all of james clemens' books to date & have enjoyed all of them he is definately my favourite author so far. I found this book very enjoyable and a good follow up to his Shadowfall. The story was gripping & introduced some new & interesting characters. I love the twists & deciet he places in some characters. Although this book wasnt quite as climatic as shadowfall it has still left me eagerly waiting for the next book to this series. I hope it comes out soon.
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