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Interesting topic let down by a florid, forced writing style and poor narrative
on 24 January 2010
I found that Raiders from the North, whilst mildly enjoyable, to be overly long, with a poor narrative flow, forced and unrealistic dialogue and weak characters.
For example, at one point a horseman on campaign says "Lets pause under cover of those trees and eat some of the dried meat we still have in our saddlebags while we send some scouts ahead." This seems a very weak use of dialogue - it may be a small niggle but regularly I found myself frustrated at the way the dialogue in the book seems so unnatural.
As for the characters - at one point in the book a major character (I won't say who to avoid spoiling it) dies in the heat of battle. I can only assume it is supposed to be one of the most emotive parts of the book, but I didn't feel anything at all, despite the character being developed over the previous hundred or more pages. I neither warmed to, nor felt hostile to Babur, the central character. And because of this the 400+ pages dragged.
Other reviewers have noted that the story doesn't seem to go anywhere, with battle scene after battle scene with little of interest in between.
I feel as if I am being overly harsh about the book - I didn't particularly struggle to finish it and it was enjoyable in parts. But I really don't think this is worth your purchase, even if you are a fan of the genre. As for the book being the first of five - I'm amazed if it even gets to a third in the series. I'll be staying well away.