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Riddler's Gift, The: First Tale of the Lifesong Paperback – 31 Jul 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Eternity Press (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958511845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958511841
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When you reach the end of The Riddler's Gift, you're left wanting more. Highly, highly recommended." --FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

"There are moments in this novel that are sheer magic..." --SFBOOK.com

"Utterly compelling ... with a blistering climax. --TERRY GRIMWOOD

"A highly recommended fantasy novel - enormous fun to read and extremely easy to lose yourself within." --FANTASY BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

Greg Hamerton hopes that writers have the best chance of learning magic, because they know how to spell. He lives near London, close to the airport so he can escape should the island go under due to global climate change. He is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys soaring over clouds and getting lost on his paraglider.

"My primary-school was artistic. We made up stories. We painted things. We acted out Norse Mythology. It was great, and it's probably the reason I'm a writer. I love reading all kinds of fantasy, and have been influenced by the wonderful writing of Charles de Lint, Robin Hobb, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Jordan and Terry Pratchett."

The Riddler's Gift is the first novel in the Tale of the Lifesong cycle, followed by Second Sight.

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Wow, what a plot! The main character, Tabitha Serannon is a charming young girl, a Truthsayer with aspirations of becoming a Lightgifter and healer like her mother, but then she hears the Lifesong and her whole life changes. Suddenly we are thrown into this magical world of Dark and Light fighting to rule the Kingdom of Eyri. Tabitha is helped (or is she?) on her journey by the Riddler, Twardy Zarost, who was hilarious. I laughed many, many times at his great sense of humour. There were riddles to solve, evil demon beasts to fight, Light to save, characters to hate, characters to adore and of course there was love ... and who couldn't love the gorgeous male lead in this book, the Swordmaster Garyll Glavenor. A true gentleman and leader of the Swords who has a soft spot for Tabitha, and she for him.

Although this book is very long with 643 pages of small print (although if you find small print hard to read, there is also a Kindle edition), it is well worth reading. I found that I couldn't even begin to second guess where this plot was going. Fast moving storyline which becomes deeper and thicker the more into the book you move. The characters are well rounded and arouse an array of emotion. Hate, love, fear, hopelessness, happiness, thrills and exhaustion. You name it and I felt it for these characters. The ending is nicely rounded up with no loose ends, but I've come to love Eyri and it's wonderful characters and am looking forward to reading the second book in The Tale of the Lifesong.

Magical! That's how I would describe it. I was hooked from the very first page and I could tell I was in for a fabulous reading journey. Greg Hamerton did not let me down. If you love fantasy, go and lose yourself in The Riddler's Gift.
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The Riddler's Gift had me riveted from page one. I was captivated by the very personable characters, which I felt I had met and had grown to cherish. Such was my enthrallment, my family had to fend for themselves until I had reached the journeys end. Each time I thought there could not possibly be another summit to climb, Greg Hamerton managed to draw one out the bag. This is an incredible, epic flight of fantasy. A roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I so enjoyed it that I bought The Second Sight without the slightest hesitation.
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The story is of a 19 year old girl gaining magic after her parents are murdered and dealing with the implications of the magic she learns. So far, so generic. What makes this interesting to me are a number of things. There is the magic system which we gradually learn through the book. There is the well conceived world which doesn't feel like you just add on bits as and when you need them. There are the also the hints of the wider story. This story is intriguing enough that I will buy the next book.

Why not five stars then? Well firstly the heroine is madly in love with the top soldier and that is so generic that I found it annoying. There is also Ashley who seems to have a rather pointless role in this book. Maybe he will be shown to be more important in the sequel. Mostly what irked me was the lack of time between riddles and solutions and that was because the riddles were too obvious. There wasn't the eureka moment from the heroine because too much was given to her too quickly.
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Won this in the GR giveaways and my god I'm glad I did. Hamerton is well on his way to creating a fantasy series that could very well rival Tolkien in it's skill and imagination (and I don't make that comparison lightly, I can tell you).

The story starts in Oldenworld, which is being ravaged by Chaos and the Sorcerer Ametheus. The Gyre, a group of seven wizards, create the olde worlde domain of Eyri protected by a very strong shield of magic which keeps Chaos out. Within this protected land a slow simmering battle between the King and the Lightgifters on one side and Cabal the Darkmaster and his Shadowcasters on the other begins to take hold. In doing so a young Truthsayer and Singer, Tabitha Serannon, is caught up when she stands up to a Shadowcaster intent on kidnapping a local child.

As the story continues Tabitha finds herself on the path to the Wizard and she must follow the path of both the Dark and the Light to obtain her goal. Helping in this task is the Riddler, an enigmatic and delightful character who can only speak the truth, but only in rhyme. Tabitha is also aided by Glavenor, the King's Swordmaster (head of the Swords, Eyri's Army), who saves her from the Shadowcaster and she in turn saves him from something worse.

This is an absolute epic fantasy story but once it grabs you, it is impossible to put down. Hamerton develops each of his characters perfectly and really makes you feel for them and get involved in the story whole-heartedly. At one point I was that engrossed I was muttering rather loudly that Tabitha couldn't see what was right in front of her (it was very frustrating I must say, but a huge relief when she finally got it).
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I am reluctant to say but I almost missed this book because I didn't like the look of the cover which I thought looked a bit like a T. Pratchett which I am not keen on. However, I am glad I didn't because it was the best read I have had for ages - the characters are so believable, even lovable, and there are heroes and villains, wizards and sorcerers - everything. It is one of those books that you don't want to finish. I purchased the second book in the series immediately and enjoyed it immensely. Can't wait for more by this author. Please, please write more. You are very talented. Thank you very much.
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