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on 9 July 2001
How sadly appropriate that this work should bear in its title the word 'tear' for it is surely a threnody, a lament for the skill of a man who was arguably the greatest fantasy writer of our time after Tolkein.
Feist's great ability was to describe his worlds in intricate detail and to bring forth characters that sprang from the pages in their realism. When magic and fantastical acts occured the reader could accept these without question. A talking dragon, a rift in space, a goblin, all were as believable as a taxi in London or New York.
His characters were real people and he made them interact with each other just as real people do, it did not matter that they were fighting the forces of darkness and evil aided by magic.
'Tear' on the other hand presents us with a plot so shallow that it is not worthy of the name. The work is so full of gratuitous slaughter that it lacks the moral depth of earlier works. The characters are automata, poor Squire James is but a shadow of his earlier self. Even the syntax is second rate and just how many 'deft blows' must one expect in one book?
Was this book really written by the same Promethean author who gave the world 'Magician'and 'A Darkness at Sethanon' - come on Feist you can do better than this!