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5.0 out of 5 stars Karavans
It's been too long since I read a good fantasy and this is an author who although I own pretty much all her fantasy series' I have never read her before, and also checking out the reviews it seems this is not as good as her other series and strange as it may sound when it comes to authors whose books I have a lot of I prefer to read the ones that are rated not so...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Karavans
I was disappointed by the slow pacing of this book, which does seem to have prospects and could be just a precursor to a better series. The last caravan of the season of homesteaders, traders and travellers is about to leave but the caravan master is in charge and can cancel if it is too risky. The caravan has to skirt a forest which contains unknown but definitely there...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Karavans, 17 Dec 2012
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I was disappointed by the slow pacing of this book, which does seem to have prospects and could be just a precursor to a better series. The last caravan of the season of homesteaders, traders and travellers is about to leave but the caravan master is in charge and can cancel if it is too risky. The caravan has to skirt a forest which contains unknown but definitely there dangers.
We get introduced to all the main characters at the start, instead of learning about them as the caravan travels, which means that with all their back stories, resentments of overlords, seeking out of fortune telling, double crossing and hoping to bear a child in a better land, nothing happens for most of the book. Finally they get under way and at the end we get some action and some indication that everyone who enters the forest goes mad. Meanwhile a couple of strange people hover around the edges, who have several lives and can be killed many times. And other strange people as well, who are not properly explained but just like hanging around with humans.
Roberson previously wrote the Chronicles of the Cheysuli series about shapechangers, which grew in depth as it progressed and the Tiger and Del sword-dancer novels. I did like those, even if Tiger and Del spent too much time riding through the desert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karavans, 31 May 2009
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It's been too long since I read a good fantasy and this is an author who although I own pretty much all her fantasy series' I have never read her before, and also checking out the reviews it seems this is not as good as her other series and strange as it may sound when it comes to authors whose books I have a lot of I prefer to read the ones that are rated not so great.

Anyway, back to the book - overall the book is quite slow to start but, then its introducing you to the characters and JR has a great way of weaving words and though it seems slow to begin with its so descriptive that you really build a great world in your mind, if you have ever read (and loved!) Cecelia Dart-Thornton you will know what I mean.

One of the main characters is Audrun, an expectant mother she has to take risks to give birth to her magical child somewhere much safer. Alisanos is a place where Demons live and if any humans vebture there they are captured.

Davyn is the husband of Audrun and he leaves to talk to Jorda (Jorda is the master of the last Karavan opf the season), Rhuan is a guide for Jorda's Karavan and Rhuan is a from the Shoia people, they are people who can rise from the dead six times.

There are many people to be introduced to and to learn about which is why if your not into descriptive fantasies this is probably not one you would enjoy as there is little in the way of action but, I think this is a pre-cursor for the coming books.

I really enjoyed this I love descriptive fantasies so if this is one of JR's weaker books sounds like the others will be brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting world..., 16 Feb 2012
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I found this text to be intriguing and exciting...it is not often you find a new world, a new setting, of people, customs, conflicts, and possible resolutions...i really enjoyed this one, it promised so much...i hastened to order book 2...well....
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