- Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast,US (12 Dec. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786942452
- ISBN-13: 978-0786942459
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Frostfell (Wizards) Mass Market Paperback – 12 Dec 2006
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When her son is stolen by slavers, a renegade female wizard ventures deep into the treacherous depths of the frozen north to risk everything on a single desperate venture to find and rescue her son. Original.
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The plot of this book is a little on the `been there done that' scale, but Mr. Sehestedt does it in such a way that some of it feels new and slightly different. If you are looking for a deep plot arc and multiple sub-plots this book is not for you. The plot is straight forward, there is an evil group that a group of heroes must combat in order to save a child's life. This book is set in the Endless Wastes which, to my knowledge, has never really been written about before. One complaint I have about this book is that the overall environment wasn't really described all that much aside from discussing the cold. I would have liked to see a couple scenes giving me an idea of what was really there. The reader needs something to latch their imagination onto, I felt that was lacking here.
The characters are your traditional characters. The main character is, of course, a wizard. She has a decent back story, but I found myself not really caring too much about that. Along the way she comes into a couple of side kicks to help her. Of course, one is the all knowing old guy. This cliché I could have done without. The side kicks are fairly well done, if a little one dimensional, but they do add to the story. The knowledge filled old man cliché is the most over done cliché in fantasy and I could have done without it here. There is not very much real character development within this book either. In most books, when a character undertakes a task, the journey helps the character grow and become more than what they were when they started the journey. I didn't feel that with this book.
Overall, this is an average book. Yet, when compared to the rest of the Wizard books, this outshines any of them. This book fits in with typical Forgotten Realms books, so if you are a fan of those I have no doubt you will enjoy this one. If you are expecting a deep, engaging read, than you may want to look somewhere else. When push comes to shove, I would likely recommend this book for someone looking for a book with quite a bit of magic and some good battle scenes. I enjoyed it and I thought it was a pretty good book for a first time author.
As the last survivor of a small village, Jalan is found among the wreckage by Amira, a Warwizard tasked to care for the child. Amira ultimately becomes attached to the boy and comes to think of him as her own, little realizing the history of his heritage. When a cadre of sorcerer's kidnap the child, she enlists the aid of Gyaidun and Lendri, blood brothers and exiles of a remote elven tribe, as well Kwarun, the tribe's shaman.
The boy's bloodline holds a story and secret that the group unravels as they give chase to the kidnappers. Amira, as a foreigner in the Wastes, comes to learn more about the history of the land and people that live there and ultimately accept and embrace her role in it's unraveling.
Mark's description of the cold, empty vastness of this region leaves the reader with goose bumps and a sense of desolation. His method of showing this region is palpable as he weaves his story around the backdrop of the land. The characters are rich in complexity and his seamless control of the "foreign-ness" of Amira in this region is perfect.
The story is primarily told from Amira's point of view and Mark captures the communication differences in the dialogue wonderfully. The learning experiences between Amira and the others are fascinating as they struggle to understand one another. Mark's ability to maintain an intense pacing whilst the characters are forced to interact and save the child are amazing. Many times the reader is caught up in the middle of the character's frustrations and anger and then relieves the pressure by providing leaps of progress in the character's interactions.
The story itself is very well thought out and the plot balanced between lore and character with no distinction of the two. As a Realm's fan and reader there is a lot of showcased material in this story but to enjoy the book on its own does not require background information. This was a strong tale and it holds its own weight even without the background knowledge.
A wonderful and enjoyable story to add to any fantasy collection.
First something from the good side. The author does a great job of describing the wastes, and people that live there. Gives really detailed view of the Lythari and their habits. Side characters are also developed and have interesting backgrounds. Here I'm talking about Lendri and Gyaidiun (or whatever its spelled). Besides that, the story also has a nice background, with foundations well in the past. A standard fantasy story, but again told in a very nice way. Sehestedt writes in a flowing, reader-friendly manner.
The main character is the one of the most uninteresting characters I ever saw. She cant carry a chapter, let alone the whole novel. Also there is no introspection from any of the characters, so that makes them bleak and easily forgettable. The plot lacks any intrigue and twists, and it is the boring "go from here to there and defeat evil threatening the world" plot. Also I had a feeling half the book is in italics, with all those expressions in the language of the Wastes.
All in all, a mediocre book at best, closer to 2 stars then 4.
The series of these Wizards books, as a whole, are an epic fail. One decent book (Bloodwalk), one mediocre (this one), one with a good story written in a very confusing way (Blackstaff) and another Cordell classic (Darkvision), a completely unreadable and amateurish work. Mathematically, the series score 2.25 stars in average, which is more then disappointing. Read Bloodwalk, and skip the rest.