on 11 September 2007
Another gem from the master of easy to read Fantasy.
Duncan's books are like a creamy soft chocolate after a diet of stodgy so called "High Fantasy". Which I have come to conclude refers to either; the height of the books stacked on top of one another or the price you have paid for the tower of a collection by the time you have reached the end of the series.
The attraction of his books is the very fact that they are fun and easy to read. There is no commitment to an unending list of volumes of a world the author can't seem to leave behind long after their readers have. His stories are witty, direct, action packed and though the plots are often complex and intriguing, there is no need to be Einstein's more intelligent distant cousin to untangle them.
This book tells the tale of siblings torn from their homeland during an invasion by barbarian hordes. Their experiences as they come to terms with their adopted families, the Gods they have chosen to follow and the realisation that one of them will have to return home to take up the reins of ruler ship from a father they can barely remember.
For those who have read Duncan before the style reminds me of more of the Omar books than any of his others. For those that haven't read Duncan books before give yourself a well earned treat!