Tersias Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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Tersias by G. P. Taylor is a gripping adventure of night chases, double-crossings and weird magic from the bestselling author of Shadowmancer.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You may remember GP Taylor from previous books he has written which include Shadowmancer and Wormwood. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2012 by Liz Coulter
I have become a huge fan of this author. Since reading Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box, I couldn't wait to get hold of the rest of the series. Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Rich Maw
I really liked this book, it's sort of different to the stuff i usually read, cos i loooove epic fantasies and magic. Not london and comets. But it was really interesting. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2007 by The Purple Hermit
London has fallen into decay; many have fled in fear of the comet that is said to be about to strike earth, but out comes a boy called Tersias. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2006 by KP crisps
We ended the last installment with a vengeful commando angel, (who ever said that angels had to be peaceful? Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2006 by R. O. Griffiths
Tersias carries on where Shadowmancer and Wormwood left off and once again Mr. Graham doesn't dissapoint his readers. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2005 by Michael Chang
Following from the immensely popular Shadowmancer and Wormwood came a new and darker tale in August this year. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2005 by KP
G.P.Taylor has written 3 books, Shadowmancer, Wormwood and Tersias. They are all great. I am not telling you to like them nor saying that you will, but if you like fictional... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2005