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This is an excellent read. The characters slowly build and become real. The story is told at a good pace and it becomes hard to put the book ( or kindle) down. I did find it odd at first how the story jumps from one piece of action to a different piece of action from paragraph to paragraph, rather than by chapter. But I can see that it made the pace much faster and quite enjoyed it after a while. Book two here I come.
Overall I did enjoy this book. Excellent writing style, though a fair number of grammatical errors. Was there no editing before publication? It is a story which held my interest but I did become frustrated by the excessive long descriptions of all manner of things; which slowed down the plot. An over long book which would have been a five star for me with a lot less of unnecessary detail. In the final stages of the book especially, the battles with the dwarves just went on and on and on! To be truthful I became somewhat bored at this point and wanted to get to the next stage in the plot, however, I need to purchase part 2 to find out more of Whill as the book ends abruptly after the dwarves triumph.
Fairly standard coming of age fantasy, in a fairly typical fantasy world. Some nice twists though, and although a bit wooden the characters became better through the book. Enjoyed it, might go on to read the next.
I originally bought this book in October 2012 - and decided to re-read it when the next in the series was published. About a third of the way through I realised that I had never finished it - very rare for me! I don't know why I was not engaged by this book - clearly others did not have the same problem - but for me the characters were one dimensional and I did not care about them, so once again I gave up! Obviously this is a matter of personal taste - but don't be swayed by the comparisons to David Gemmell - not in the same league!