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Newcomb has created his own unique world, with characters that I found to be highly believable, characters that are "flawed" as the now popular saying goes, but are still heroic. Through all of this Newcomb creates a feel, an atmosphere to his work which is very "Goodkindian", while still being unique unto himself.
Some of the negative reviews around the Net are preposterous, of course the book has a few rough edges, after all it is the first novel that Robert Newcomb has ever written, but his writing improves with every chapter, which is also very similar to Goodkind. As far as some of the other comments go about being sexist and what not, all Robert Newcomb has done is reverse the tables, instead of the "Dark Lord" we have the "Dark Sorceresses", instead of evil men pillaging and raping, we have evil women doing it.
According to some of the reviewers here it seems ok when men are evil and participate in despicable acts, but when women do it, and the author is a man, then the author and his world are sexist. To me, this adds uniqueness to Newcomb's world, and there are many times where he stresses that women are not evil, and that not even all Sorceresses are evil, just some of the most powerful ones in the world at this time.Read more ›
The premise goes that 300 years ago the wizards (who are good) narrowly defeated the sorceresses (who are bad) in a war. But instead of executing them, the wizards took them out into the ocean, from where nobody has ever returned if they sailed out for more than 15 days, and left them to die. Naturally the sorceresses survived and spent the 300 year gap plotting revenge and breeding themselves a race of winged demons.
Then enter Prince Tristan, who behaves like a stroppy teenager despite being just days from his 30th birthday. On his birthday the King will abdicate and he will become King. But guess what - he doesn't want to be King. He'd rather spend his time throwing knives into trees. And then we have Wigg, the great Wizard who should have executed the sorceresses 300 years ago but didn't because the wizarding order doesn't condone murder. He has his suspicions that the sorceresses might be about to make a come back, but instead of sending the royal family into the hills to hide, he allows the "abdication ceremony" to go ahead, and, surprise surprise, the sorceresses and their winged minions turn up and wreak death and destruction on all but poor Tristan and the inept Wigg, who manage to escape, and Tristan's sister, who is captured. At this point, instead of packing up and heading for the hills, Wigg decides to give Tristan a history lesson and explains in a very long-winded and boring way how magic works and how the sorceresses were defeated in the war.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this book, and I really wanted to like the characters, but it's difficult to build up any enthusiasm when you get the over-riding feeling that the main plot was sketched out and then the detail was never filled in. The magic system was never explained adequately - for certain powerful spells rituals have to be performed and beams of light come from the sky, and yet for a sorceress to float about the room and make magical cages appear takes no effort whatsoever. Why? How are they doing it?
The book reminded me of children playing "I'm an evil sorceress and I'm attacking you with a lightning bolt"..."well I'm using my anti-lightning bolt cloak that I've just found behind this tree to protect myself" - okay it's not literally like that but pretty close upon occasion.
To add to it all there then seemed to be some printing areas, with paragraphs from later chapters appearing in the middle of earlier chapters.
Get this book from the library and if you like it then by it. I persevered to the end and then threw it in the bin straight away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Utter drivel, and trust me when I say the series only gets worse.Published 22 months ago by RhiAnima
Having just finished reading this second trilogy, I've just found out that the story isn't finished, but the final instalments are not going to be published. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by Miss K. J. Streeter
It has been some ten years since this novel was published, some ten years long it has lain hidden on a bookshelf. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2012 by travelswithadiplomat
Absolutely dreadful! I bought this second hand - and thank goodness, because I would have felt my heart sink if I had spent any more than a pound on this junk. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by Luke
I was extremely disappointed with this book.
I thought that it had really good potential in that the overall story idea was great. However, the execution was abysmal. Read more
Fortunately I bought this from a charity shop, as I would have resented spending any more on it. You can take it as read that I'm in agreement with all of the negative reviews (I'm... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2008 by D. Nilsson
The writing of this book I believe is in too much detail for the description. If you skip some of the description then the book is a great read. Worth readingPublished on 14 Jan. 2008 by M. Spears
This is not a great book, but there are some quality ideas.
The nearest series I can liken it to is terry goodkinds sword of truth. Read more
I was unimpressed with this book, and particularly so because after so many sub-Tolkeinesque fantasies have been published you would have thought every author knew how to avoid the... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2005