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Tersias Paperback – 7 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571236081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571236084
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Tersias by G. P. Taylor is a gripping adventure of night chases, double-crossings and weird magic from the bestselling author of Shadowmancer.

About the Author

GP Taylor lives on the banks of a river in the midst of a dark wood, an arrow's flight from The Prince Regent Hotel. He spends his days writing and collecting firewood. He can be emailed at shadowmancer@btopenworld.com.


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This book was a noticeable improvement on both Shadowmancer and Wormwood (hence the extra star). I loved its gritty setting and the desolate London due to the aftermath of the comet and I really loved the fact that Taylor presented the novel's Christian message subtly as this was far more effective than his heavy-handed rants in the previous books.

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.
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There are some very good points and some considerably less good points to note about G P Taylor's Tersias.

On the upside, it's a pretty thrilling, well plotted tale, with plenty of twists and turns. Switching between locations for each chapter creates a filmic effect, with lots of cliffhangers. The writing is vivid and intense, and the characters are well drawn. It's highly original and imaginative.

On the downside, rather like Shadowmancer, there are too many different baddies and monsters, and no clear sense of an ultimate uber-foe. None of the protagonists are particularly sympathetic (this may be a strength for some; it's not for me. I found them all quite repulsive, and rather hoped they would all die). It's good that he's working with "new" monsters, such as the Wretchkin, but a new mythos perhaps needs to be better established. There are too many different ghouls and spirits - the wolf, the Wretchkin(s?), random spirits, white wavering hand, far too many glowing red eyes and fangs and things creeping in and appearing and being remembered from childhood. Admittedly I tend to read things a bit too quickly, being impatient for the ending, but I got confused.

Having two protagonists whose names both start Mal- is not a great idea. It creates a strange sense of echo or confusion, at least in my head. "Magnus Malachi" is a superb name, but "Malpas" could easily have been changed to Valpas or something.

Then this one is a matter of taste, but many readers might find Taylor too graphic and too gruesome. I would be wary of buying this for more delicate little flowers, it's considerably stronger stuff than Harry Potter.
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I found this book quite hard to get into, but once I did I was gripped and found it really compelling. Then I got bored of it again, then it gripped me again... Tersias has a very disparate style and the plot seems to follow no sort of sense or logic (even in fiction terms). The characters whilst quite vivid do not have any real depth and I didn't finish reading the book caring about any of them. The motivations of the book's "bad guys" were obscure and all in all I finished the book wondering quite what the point of it had been. There are however some great concepts within the book and parts of it had me enthralled, but then whatever was happening would just stop and I'd be left wondering what was going on (again) - the rest of the novel seemed to meander along aimlessly all the way to a very wet ending.
Maybe this is part of an intended series and all will be revealed later, but it didn't feel like that and even if this were to be a serialised story I didn't feel that the unresolved issues or less explored concepts would really translate well into a sequel. Entertaining but lacking the fullness of a really great novel.
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G.P. Taylor's earliest books (Shadowmancer, Wormwood) were like craftily great. And the assurance was there, when i got this slice of his works. Unfortunately I was disapointted. Out of the many characters there was, only one really appealled to me, (whom was barely in the book at all) the rest were incredibly annoying. Either bratish kids, all power-crazed psychos. I had to withdraw from reading about 3/4 of the way through, as I didn't care who died or lived anymore. But there are some things to recommend: the clever verbal battles, the kidnappings of Tersias, the many double crossings and such. Many fans of Taylor will love this book, because they may adjust to the characters and the continuing dreary language. But this member of the fans didn't, although wouldn't pass off an opportunity of another Taylor book.
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