A fresh take on fantasy fiction,
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This review is from: Jacqueline (Kindle Edition)
The world this novel takes place in, was one of the things that drew me in before the main plot was even revealed. I expected fantasy, and it is, but besides magic, dragons and unicorns (the latter two mentioned as extinct species), there are also trains, cars and, well, Henry Ford. Not what I expected, but all the better for it: it stands out from the crowd of fantasy novels with their usual medieval(ish) backdrop.
The various minor plot lines often fascinated me more than the main story: stories of old and new love, of family ties and broken illusions. But when the main antagonist finally enters the scene in person (well, "person"...), the pace picks up speed and the stories tie together beautifully by the final battle. Each character is well formed with their own motivations and history, and they get you hooked. I especially loved the different approaches to problem solving between the "barbarians" (find people who know things, then get them to talk; apply violence as needed) and the "civilised people" (read books - it's probably in a book - are we out of books? Crap.).
The only thing I missed was to know more about the story's "Big Bad". Even within the story there are conflicting explanations (intentional conflicts, i.e. the story the history books tell versus what the Big Bad himself claims). The ending hinted at a sequel, so maybe there'll be more about that then.