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4.0 out of 5 stars
Good old Feist, 14 Dec 2006
Although, as ever, I loved this new Feist epic, it IS quite a thin book. Compared to 'Magician', it's almost half the length! I think the problem is that, as he is getting on a bit, Feist is probably looking to roll in the cash more. To be fair, no reason why not! His first books were real masterpieces with so much detail and character and a lot of passion, I felt. Feist has built up an amazing set of detailed worlds, which he can now just play off. In some ways, he can't do much more --Midkemia has been well-explored already-- but also he doesn't HAVE to. In fairness, he's trying to range further afield, as it were, in these books, what with new dimensions etc. but the core is long-established. It's great how he reintroduces characters *spoiler alert!!* like Macros, but also terribly sneaky. It's been thorougly asserted that Macros has a particular air of mysticism about him and Feist just, well, can't let that go cuz it's such a brilliant character trait.
All the same, I can't complain: I was totally hooked and can't wait for the next book! In fact, despite what I said about Feist's penny-grabbing, there is an appreciable level of philosophical speculation about the gods and their nature --obviously applicable to the context-- which engages your interest and shows evidence of ratiocination rather than a concoction of cheap-thrills (or rather, expensive ones!) and I liked the way the characters muse over the nature of reality. Buy it: it's a great read :-)