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The Initiate Brother (Daw science fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Mar 1995

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (30 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886774667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886774660
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These were evidently arranged to save Sean Russell from the curse upon the author of the perfect book, because _The Initiate Brother_ and its sequel _Gatherer of Clouds_ are in all other respects a display of hubris. Most of the characters are charismatic leaders, gifted artists, or spiritual adepts. This is bold, because almost anyone can create a credibly weak and stupid character, or a shallow and conventional Hero; but convincing greatness is difficult. Russell achieves it consistently: when his poets produce poems, they are impressive poems; when his generals lay plans, they are impressive plans. And yet they are all vividly human, with appetites, failings, and senses of humour. It would be a remarkable experience to meet any of them, but one can easily imagine doing so. And the books are not just showcases for these memorable figures, either: the plot is both gripping and elaborate. Finally, while it is easy to rave about these books after finishing them, in reading them one is much too immersed in the story to be conscious of the author's skill.
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If there is one criticism to be levelled at Tolkien, it is that his Lord of the Rings books were so wonderful that they spawned scores of annoying imitators. Sean Russell did not fall into this trap. He created an unique (for this genre) society based upon Asian, especially Chinese, themes. His charcters, which in another setting might be Tolkienish, here are incredibly refreshing. His plot is as epic as can be. Also, THIS BOOK AND ITS SEQUEL ARE NOT FORMULAIC! The jaded conclusion that my many years of Sci-fi readership led me to expect, did not occur. I cannot reccomend this book highly enough.
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This book and the one that follows (Gatherer of Clouds) are some of the most original fantasies in the last 10 years. While most fantasies have magicians and all kinds of magical creatures, Mr. Russell decided to concentrate on people, and not only that, he decided to concentrate on INTERESTING people. This, I wish to impress, is a rare occurance in fantasy novels where the spells or the dragon or the magic sword are usually the bread and butter.

The last fantasy that was this original was probably "Seventh Son" in the Tales of Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card.
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By A Customer on 15 May 1999
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Humane, beautiful, humorous, poetic, genteel; scattered with lines and passages that inspire reverie ... I have such a grasshopper mind that I rarely finish even short books anymore, but for me this novel was worth the time, and I am looking forward to the continuation in "Gatherer of Clouds" ... I am glad to see that Mr. Russell is getting hardcover deals now, and I wish him every success, as he became one of my favorite writers while I was only partway through this novel
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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 1997
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If I could could have chosen one book out of the literally thousands I have read to outshine the drab pack of dragon and wizard fantasy wan-a-be writer hacks. This would be the author and title to choose...wait, I can choose!! and did! This book is one of the best Fantasy/history novels of all time (in my opinion) a must read. and once you start you are a fan for life. read all his books they all carry the same refreshing style intrigue and action that I have come to expect and enjoy!!
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By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1998
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Easily one of the best culturally based fantasy novels that has ever been written. The "Shogun" of modern fantasy. Superb.
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