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Not a fantasy but a fairy tale,
By A Customer
This review is from: Knight's Dawn: The Red Pavilions: Book One (Paperback)
If you haven't read fairy tales since you were a kid then I'd suggest you read a handful of Grimms' and Arabian Nights stories first. This book is far closer to the traditional fairy or folk tale than modern fantasy. Read as a fantasy the language is simple, the characters sketchy, and the story too episodic and unconnected. Many of the happenings are typical fairy tale events and the other elements are also true to the genre. Even the 'name' of the 'hero' is traditional (eg 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses') and the book's ending.
I enjoyed this book very much once I started reading it on its own terms. It does read like a first book but there are enough fresh ideas in it to make me look forward to the next.