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Kevin Stevens (Sussex, England)

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by Sherwood Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.36

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - where's the marketing?, 3 July 2009
This review is from: Inda (Mass Market Paperback)
Inda is a typical fantasy book in many ways. It tells the story of a Lord's young son, Inda, sent to a military training camp, having to deal with a tough regime, being bullied and making friends. This forms the first half the book and the second half shows the beginnning of Inda's life after the school. There is a lot of political maneouvering by various factions as they vye for whatever power they can get. The book is written imaginatively and well and, although there are obviously familiar themes to many other books, it does not become cliched. Characters motivations are consistent and their actions are believable.
I have only two minor complaints which stop this book from getting 5 stars.
No.1 - The names. Why give so many people such similar names and also why give them about three different names which are used at different throughout the narrative? It can get a little confusing at times.
No.2 - It can be a little disconcerting to spend half a chapter viewing things from Inda's perspective, jump into someone else's head for a paragraph to discover what they think and then jump back to Inda again. Although this can help show what other charactors think about particular things it feels a little disjointed at times.
Overall I would definately recommend this book, it has strong and interesting characters in a well imagined world. I am very suprised that it has not been promoted very much.

Furies Of Calderon: The Codex Alera: Book One
Furies Of Calderon: The Codex Alera: Book One
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but why all the hype?, 3 July 2009
This is quite a difficult book to review as I can't decide how much I enjoyed it. It is an easy going traditional fantasy book with lots of magic and some cliched characters.
The book has many of excellent twists and turns in the plot which keeps you involved whilst you're reading and most chapters end with a 'cliffhanger' to keep you reading that little bit further.
My problem with the book is that everything feels too contrived, characters get pulled and pushed in different directions and make strange decisions to further the plot. Maybe it's just the fact that I was reading Joe Abercrombie before this novel but I never really connected with any of the characters or worried that they may meet a horrible death (which may have made it a little more interesting).
Overall a reasonable fantasy novel but more in the vein of Forgotten Realms than GRR Martin.

The Weavers Of Saramyr: Book One of the Braided Path: Braided Path 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Weavers Of Saramyr: Book One of the Braided Path: Braided Path 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Chris Wooding BA
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oriental Fantasy With A Hint Of X-Men, 22 Aug 2006
The book is set on an oriental world slightly like that of Tsuranuanni from the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts with rival houses vying for more power through alliances and deceit. People appear to be more technologically advanced than in most fantasy novels with rifles and bombs the weopons of choice alongside swords and daggers, however this in no way detracts from the story and fantasy purists should not be put off.

The style of writing is excellent, descriptive but also fast paced and you find yourself completely immersed in this strange and beautiful world. The plot is well thought out with characters responding logically to situations and plenty of suspense thrown into the mix. Put simply this is the type of book which you constantly tell yourself that you'll go to sleep/do the washing up/walk the dog after reading just one more chapter.

My only complaint is that the Weavers are just too evil and despicable, it leaves them too one dimensional and how they come up with their plans for world domination while obviously completely insane is a little puzzling, as is why the noble families put up with their habits. This is a very small complaint about an excellent book and the other two books in the trilogy maintain the high standard set with this opener.

In conclusion this is one of the best fantasy debuts that i have read and i've read alot. If you enjoy fantasy novels by Feist, Martin, Eddings etc then you'll love this book. I've read it three times since its release and enjoyed it every time.

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