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Recommended for fans of Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazny, Robert E Howard etc
on 2 January 2012
I bought this one as a present for a friend, and decided just to take a loo(c)k before wrapping it; when I put the book away, I was on page 32 and though not hooked, clearly interested and 'into' the book. It is a quick read, and a very satisfying read if you know what you are in for. High fantasy it isn't, low fantasy a la Abercrombie it isn't either - even though the cover tries to imitate everyone's (including my) favourite Joe. It's what used to be called 'sword & sorcery', a sub-genre of fantasy that does not see too many new entries anymore, and at that is very good.
Accordingly both sorcery and swords play THE central roles, but both the characters and the setting are not badly drawn, and the plot comes to a conclusion that managed to satisfy and even surprise me - and I have been reading fantasy & sf for 40+ years.
The novel also has a proper ending. No need to read the next one in the 'Ancient Blades'-series, but I think many will, including me.
I would not have written this quick review were it not for the first review moaning the weakness of this book over the author's history novels. That review is unfair in my view. If you like sword & sorcery-novels, you will no doubt really enjoy this one.