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Enthralling and superbly crafted character driven fantasy.,
By A Customer
This review is from: King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1) (Paperback)
Set in an alter- mediaeval middle europe, this book carefully, clearly (and slowly!) crafts a society on the cusp of profound change, beset by sinister external forces, schism and the dark shadows of a long fallen golden empire.
Into this volatile setting are pitched a trio of young protaganists , each in turn wrestling with their inheritances, characters and destinies. Their struggles to come to terms with themselves mirror, and influence, the unfolding disintegration of their kingdom and the unfolding of a new order.
Well, OK, pretty standard fantasy fodder in outline. But, the leading characters are rounded out and well differentiated, the supporting cast crisply portrayed, the matriachal society and religion lovingly (if a little too, sometimes) detailed and the monsters, magic and violence sparingly and effectively deployed.
What it all adds up to is a book, like early Modesitt, Donaldson, or perhaps most closely, the Fionovar trilogy, that portrays an almost tactile sense of living in a profoundly different world; it draws you in and leaves you craving more. In fact, I'm off the buy the follow up (Prince of Dogs) on Amazon right now.