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The Magefire Hardcover – 13 Sep 1990

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (13 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747202419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747202417
  • Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,223,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First volume in the Dark Amulet Cycle. Leighor, the healer finds himself falsely accused of murder...

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Amulets of Darkness' series - could have been / might still be the alltime greatest 2 Aug. 2005
By John H. Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My favorite novel, ever. I like this book so much, despite its flaws. At first it seems a bit earnest, boy scout-ish. When it first appeared in 1990 it received a bad review in Locus, for, among other things, having characters who were too stupid to be believable. It has about as few female characters as Lord of the Rings. Although it has a central character, he is one of the more shy and retiring members of a group of adventurers dominated by loud, proud types, and he seems almost invisible at times. In fact it is one of the most 'group-minded' books I have come across. (The other central character is a young woman, who grows increasingly important as the book progresses.) The sense of the quest being bigger than any individual, with new members joining as old members died or were forced to drop out, is very inspiring.

The landscape and the world depicted is fabulous, feels real. A magic-haunted seacoast, downs modelled on the North Yorkshire Downs, a vast trackless forest like the Siberian taiga, Ice Age-era grasslands, and a swiss-style mountain kingdom. Of the various races, goblins are treating surprisingly sympathetically, whereas the grisly Rievers and Tarintarmen are hated by all life.

As the pages turn, the book turns darker, and the scale of the forces stacked against the heroes grows. There is magic, yes; but the evil is primarily a political one, being that the leaders of men are traitorously allying themselves with an ancient and cruel enemy, the prize being greater power and wealth - at the cost of complete mental and moral submission. It seems very unlike most other fantasy (honorable exceptions: the works of Hugh Cook, Ursula Le Guin, Glen Cook, Gene Wolfe, etc etc).

The sequel, The Tears of Ginara, was written but never published; Headline cancelled the series. Last I knew the author was living in Scarborough; I haven't been able to contact him in over 10 years. If he reads this - please selfpublish the rest of the series, on Lulu or similar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marx versus Henry V 6 July 2005
By Radianman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating book. At first it appears to be a fairly typical, if better written, fantasy novel, but in it's own way it is original in the ways it subtly challenges the accepted norms of modern fantasy. What most fantasy novels since Tolkien (whose originality I respect) have in common is an idealised perception of feudalism and monarchy (and the pre-industrialised natural world). Baliol goes beyond the good nobles versus bad nobles formula adopted by far too many writer, instead he challenges feudalism itself. His characters are complex, and multi-faceted: from an antagonist who embodies shades of Rasputin, Marx and Marty Feldman, to an idealistic young nobleman who never questions the validity of the political system he enforces...the system that is the basis for his social station. This critique of feudalism is not the core of the book, or at least it will be difficult to determine that until I can locate the sequels. Personally, I find it the most interesting and novel aspect of the book. I have been waiting many years for the sequel but have not seen anything else by this writer. If anyone has any information on the sequel I would be interested in knowing about it.
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