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on 17 October 2003
I have read some of the reviews of this book, and one in particular deriding the vocabulary used by the author as someone trying to impress us with his knowledge of the dictionary. To the person who wrote that review the answer is simple - BUY a dictionary.
Byers is as eloquent as he is witty; his main character Pharaun, a Drow wizard, an excellent creation; and the expanded world of the Drow he shows us is as rich a tapestry as we could hope for - from the heights of the luminescent houses to the lows of the filth encrusted poor quarter of the city, you can almost smell it such is his style. The difference between this and the Drizzt books is simple - it is written about the Drow who actually want to live there, and who play the games their station in life demands with the tools and skills at their disposal (when available). In this respect, you see the city and race from the point of view of one who actually belongs there, as oppose to Drizzt who obviously doesn't and so has a very different perspective of his first home. The drow here, especially Pharaun, have fun, in their way.
It is very entertaining, excellently written, and a joy to read a book written by someone who obviously knows the subject matter very well and who knows how to have fun telling a story. Highly recommended, and 'only' four stars because I hope he writes more Drow and continues this excellent start.
And expands all of our vocabularies. Aren't we supposed to learn from books...?