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This review is from: Cry of the Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I'm afraid I have to agree with the negative review below. I am another huge fan of the Chronicles of the Raven series, and eagerly awaited his new book.
Such a disappointment! The Raven series worked so well because the fantastic characters drew you in and made you care about them and what was happening. Even more impressively, he finished the series on a real climax rather than just limping to the end as long running series tend to do. So I had really high hopes for his next book.
Such a disappointment! It almost seems like Mr Barclay has had the popular acclaim from the Raven, and now felt he had to do something "serious" for the critics. I'm afraid it just reads like a travel guide to Ancient Rome. No characters I care about (or even really know), no discernible plot, no emotion, nothing but page after page of setup. Maybe the payoff from all that setup comes in the final third of the book, but I wouldn't know because I just couldn't get through it.
Essentially, if you liked the long-winded, "world defining" bits in Lord of the Rings - I'm talking to you Tom Bombadil - then you will love this. If you preferred the plot-driven sections then try the Raven series instead.