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Vassal of El Paperback – 19 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Born in 1964 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Bounced around several states during the teenage years, finally ending up in Texas for good. Married for twenty years, and is the proud parent of a very independent daughter. Originally entered the University of Texas in Arlington to obtain an Aerospace degree, but eventually moved over to the University of Texas in Dallas to gain a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. Is currently working in the finance/accounting field. Hobbies at present are reading, writing, watching Japanese animation, collecting music, and translating Japanese comics.
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The characterization is well-done. There aren't two-dimensional characters in this book. You can picture the awkward, uncertain Larana...the strong but tortured and shamed Torren, lost in the cracks between two worlds...brash, protective Sal...sweet, devoted, and strong Micca...and so forth. It's not a small group of characters, but you won't get lost in the crowd either. You really feel for the characters and their aims. These people, though we see them from Torren's POV, are complex, with their own goals, biases, and fears. When Torren doesn't know something, Gloria Oliver doesn't slip out of deep third to tell you. It simply becomes an issue for Torren to consider, and in this story of deception and betrayal, there are few people Torren can trust completely.
The world is fantastic, lush with lore, history, and well-written visuals. Oliver shows us the world and lets us experience the wonder as Torren rediscovers it through fresh eyes. It's also got great culture clash, since the Landers and the Flyers have such very different societies and mores, and they each have outlandish stories about the others...humorously so.
The plot is intricate and without continuity errors. As I said earlier, there are lies within lies, distrust, betrayal, and all manner of dangers outside of that as well.
There is not a romantic interest in the book, though there are glimmers of what MIGHT someday become a romance, which is nice.
To be honest, I would LOVE to see something more from this world, to revisit the characters years later, but I understand that the story has come to a satisfying ending. Well done!
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