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An epic fantasy
on 5 October 2013
Another reviewer compared this trilogy to Lords of the Rings, which is one reason I chose to read it. Is it comparable? Well there are Humans, Dwarves, Elves and Wizards. It is an epic struggle between light and dark. There are heroes and villains. However M R Mathias adds in Dragons, Giants and at least one God and an underworld full of demons. There is magic and majesty, but the writing is not of the stature of LOTR.
One critical review complained that the characters were two dimensional and I would have to agree that they lack the rich depth which Tolkien achieved for his characters through a wonderful synthesis of Earth myths and a creation of a middle Earth realm which is instantly recognisable in our sub-conscious.
Leaving the comparison to LOTR aside, most Amazon reviewers gave this novel a high rating and I can see why. They enjoyed the story and this is why we read, we want to be entertained and this trilogy is entertaining. The revised first book is tighter than the unrevised second and third books.This is, of course, the perennial problem for independent authors but the benefits of editing are unmistakable.
Frustrating! There are times when I wanted to scream, "No! Please don't do that again, move the story on, develop a sub plot, enrich the characters but not that again." However I must forgive the author for my frustration, he attempts to complete a fantasy epic on the scale of Robert Jordan's, "Wheel of Time", in just three books and I bless him for not having to wait twenty years for the finale.
Should you buy this trilogy? Well yes, let us support our independent authors but let us also encourage them to find good editors and to enrich their works by not rushing the conclusion and developing the characters and back story.