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Still in print?,
This review is from: Guardians of the Flame (Hardcover)
This tale originally came out in a series of much shorter books, aimed at an audience of teenagers. It tells the tale of Karl Cullinane, and all American hero, and his come-uppance for fraternising with people who indulge in Satan's Game, Dungeons and Dragons. One minute he's rolling dice, the next he's battling bandits and freeing slaves, high school football left far behind...
The first four books were absolutely stunning: classic examples of a well spun yarn. They offered ultimate escapism for their target audience, starting in this world and escaping to another, starting in one body, finshing in another. Perfect. The tale was full of extremes of the human condition, love, war, politics, and came to a poignant end with the fourth book with a tale of faith and self sacrifice that, even as a sulky teenager, made me think for a moment.
Unfortunately Book 5, "The Warrior Lives" was a bit of a let down and I for one wished the warrior hadn't. It felt hastily written, and spent far too much time exploring one scrawny young man's inability to fill his father ultimate warrior sized boots. It was whiny teenaged insecurity I was trying to get away from, not immerse myself in!
I have to admit, I never got round to Book Six, but I will now, if only for the sake of completeness.