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Solid foundation for a charming series
on 26 May 2017
This is a magnificent adventure from start to finish. To give an idea how engrossed I was in this world, I finished the 5 books in this series and the follow up “The Mallorean” series of 5 books over two weeks. It’s been a while since I have been that engaged in a series.The series is a bit more old school Good vs Evil coming of age fantasy rather than the more modern and grim series we have these days, but it provides a refreshing and amazing change. This book and series really is simple and not as deep as some series, but that does not prevent it from being an amazing book.
This initial book is somewhat slower in its pace as we are introduced to the primary character of this and the subsequent mallorean series in the form of Garion. In this book we see Garion grow up and evolve as one may expect, but unlike other series, he is still fairly young, even by the end of the series so we see some vulnerability and he is not a know it all king and relies on plenty of other people. He has plenty of boyish traits yet we do see him evolve in a realistic way rather than being someone who kicks a ball one day then turns in to the best king the land has ever see the next.
The supporting characters likewise are very likable and play just a crucial role as Garion and involved just as much. Some of them evolve through the book and series and others are a constant which works very well.
The world itself is detailed very well and easily imaginable, but unlike other books, does not go over the top with description to merely pad out the details. The various groups of people and their behaviours likewise are also fleshed out very well and seeing the friction between said groups adds more depth.
The fights and battles, while not the best I have read are still enjoyable and simple to follow. The magic system is also fairly simple on the surface and while not absolutely original still adds a nice element.
In all this is a bit more of an old school coming of age adventure. It’s not as nitty or gritty and as dark as more recent titles but that’s okay as it has its own charm. This book does start a bit slow, but really it needs to as it lays the foundation for the characters to build and evolve from. So while the rest of the books get 5 stars, this gets a solid 4.