Riddler's Gift, The: First Tale of the Lifesong Paperback – 31 Jul 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful story, true to life heroine and hero. Complex magic. A little bit wordy but had me gripped to the end. Now downloading the second book.Published 15 months ago by Ilona
Really enjoyed the characters and their development throughout the story.
Couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend, especially for a free book. Read more
Loved it .I have since read the second book and it is just as good if not better than the first. I hope for more books from this author.Published 15 months ago by martha black
Very spell binding read. Kept me enthralled until the end.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
My son recommended this and I am halfway through, so far it's a good read and more adult than I expectedPublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by Victoria Skipp
If you like fantasy then this is a good book to read. The storyline is good and keeps you captivated, the only fault is I thought it went on a couple of chapters to longPublished on 8 May 2014 by graham hammond
I really enjoyed this booked and am looking forward to reading more from Greg Hamerton. He has great new ideas which is refreshing within this genre.Published on 27 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
I thought this book started a little slowly, however, one the sorry gripped me I was hooked and couldn't put down. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I cannot put this book down. Characters are alive and the plot well crafted. Really good fantasy novel that takes you alongPublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Patricia Hughes