- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books (1 Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671318462
- ISBN-13: 978-0671318468
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,294,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sentry Peak (Baen Fantasy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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It has on the surface what I would Love - the American Civil War retold in a fantasy setting.
The problem that I have with this book is that it is a civil war story and it is told - there is a ton of politics (because, guys, there was) - and a ton of military strategy (yeah, that too) - but there is not too much to keep me going.
Replace the Calvary with Unicorn riding military (very cool) replace trains with magic carpet 'slipstreams' kind of, weird, - and replace guns with crossbows.
The sad part is, that there is not anything to taste in this large meal - because it is an allegory and a retelling of sorts, there is nothing to be excited about, there are no characters to like, and a few characters to hate.
In watching North and South, it is a very dramatic movie with war thrown in and also romance. This is like that with less actual fighting (the war is more of a backdrop than front and center) and thank god there is not a romance angle.
Point being, this is more of a Fantasy History book, and not a Fantasy novel with action that I had hoped for.
3 stars because I love the concept, and the mixture of time-periods, but I did not love this story and will not continue this series. Maybe another in the Turtledove line.
I really didn't like anything else in the book.