- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057122153X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571221530
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,310,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tersias Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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Magnus Malachi, a magician, is guarding his latest moneyspinner - Tersias, a blind boy who can see into the future. But as Tersias's powers become known, others who seek to use them are drawn from the shadows: Jonah, a teenage highwayman, and his companion in crime Tara; Solomon, a crazed zealot who has bred a new species of giant flesh-eating locusts; and Lord Malpas, a keeper of mysterious powers. They all want Tersias - but is he a force for good or evil? And can he ever rid himself of the dark spirit that torments his soul?
About the Author
GP Taylor lives in the shadows of a medieval castle and the rugged North Yorkshire Moors overlooking the cold Oceanus Germanicus. He has spent most of his life in search of the eternal truths and finally believes he has found the reason why he inhabits a tiny space on this planet. In his spare time he enjoys looking at the stars and eating at the Ivy. If anyone is so bold as to ever want to contact him he can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. GP Taylor apologises that as he was born in 1762, he has a pathological dislike for telephones and can only write with a quill pen. He is a friend of Charlemagne and during the Boer War worked as a stage hand at the London Palladium.
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Yet the story had many problems. The plot contained many threads that went nowhere, making the story feel fragmented and unfocused. Taylor's writing style also had a lot of problems, primarily that it uses overly purple prose. His descriptions aimed at dramatic but often came across as being laughably ridiculous due to his over-the-top adjective usage. It also made the novel feel very slow and I struggled to get through it.
Yet the worst thing for me was the characterisation. I hated every single member of the cast. Tersias barely did anything within the story - acting as nothing more than a convenient plot point to move all of the other players into position. Both villains were completely irredeemably evil and existed only to fulfil their selfish goals but the heroes weren't much better. Both Malachi and Jonah behaved atrociously until they received sudden inspiration to turn their lives around (which they did without question). The worst of the lot was Tara, who was transformed from a strong independent woman to a mindless zombie and never recovered from this. I think based on her (and Kate and Agetta before her) it's very clear that Taylor struggles to write female characters.
All in all, I'm still pretty sure this isn't the series for me. I hope the last book of the quartet is better still but I don't have very high hopes.
The storyline moves very cleanly and swiftly and leaves you wanting more and more. The characters are well described as is London in the mid 18th century.
The author has researched the 'darker' side of the occult extremely well and maybe he has drawn on his vocational experience to portray this for us the readers.
I would thoroughly recommend this book for adults and older children alike.
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