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so nearly there,
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This review is from: Hinterland: The Godslayer Series: Book Two (Paperback)
I've read both the Godslayer books and have enjoyed the experience. But comparing Clemens to the best of his contempories is a bit like comparing a supermarket curry to a madras from a top curry house. All the ingredients are in place it just doesn't quite have the same intensity.
The books are packed with original ideas, I loved the fallen Gods, the bullhound, the wyr and the charactor Dart. The odd thing echoed a bit of other work, Pup for instance smacked a little of Phillip Pullman's daemon
idea from Northern Lights but it must be so hard to write a completely original book and Clemens has come as near as damb it.
No the shortage of spice for me is in the charactorisation or lack of it. Great story but other than Dart everyone is a bit wooden and non descript. In fact you end up almost supporting some of the baddies like Lianora just because they have a bit more colour. Clemens needs to give the leads a few more flaws, a really bad temper, a drink problem or a tendency to overspend on their credit cards or something!
Still I think these are very under rated books and I will be following the story to it's conclusion and if anyone is out there and fancies a different take on fantasy from the usual collection of elves, trolls, wizards and barbarians I can recommend this and if he can just add that missing spice he shoots up to a 4 or 5 rating for me.