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In my youth I spent hours reading fantasy novels. I would wade through the huge tomes of Edding and Brooks or whoever else crossed my path. Now that I have a little less time on my hands I have become a bit more discerning. I recently read the Age of Misrule by Mark Chadbourne which had the excellent notion of mixing classical fantasy with a contemporary setting. The delivery made for an entertaining and ambitious peice that never really found its footing.
Chappell attempts a similar thing with Forger of the Rune Blade but with a far greater level of success. The scale is not quite as ambitious and the author seems more concerned with his story telling than trying to… Read more