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Not at all the usual Eddings standard
on 24 August 2005
I totally agree with the majority of reviewers on this book, particularly 'sarjs' - I too bought only the first book then borrowed the second and this one, then I went one step further and gave 'The Elder Gods' away.
The characters are exactly the same as those featured in other of Edding's books (The Belgariad, Mallorean, etc.) just under new names, the plot for this series has dragged out far too long and it's hard to believe there's still another to go. Eddings once said in reply to a fan who wanted to know why he ended the Elenium/Tamuli series where he did that 'The fact that you wanted more is a fair indication that we hung it up at just the right time. The next logical step would probably have been, "Another Sparhawk story? Oh, God, can't he find something else?" ' ([...]) and this is exactly how I (and many others, it seems) feel about the Dreamers series.
It's disappointing to see work like this apparently just churned out by Eddings when there are so many other fine novels he's written, and whilst I acknowledge that there's only so much you can do in the fantasy genre before you start repeating themes/characters this really is dire. If this series and this book in particular were my first experience of Eddings then I would never have bothered buying another of his books.
I think I'll take sarjs' advice and go reread classic Eddings - I would highly recommend the Belgariad!