15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
fine genre piece,
This review is from: Magic's Pawn (Mass Market Paperback)
Before buying an item I always take care to read many reviews to get a general idea of what I am going to purchase and, before writing my own, I read them again to fix my first impressions.
For sure this is no masterwork: as one angry reviewer writes, Ms Lackey writes for money, so it was probably not meant to be.
True as it may be, I simply could not stand many of the negative reviews because they were not discussing points of some importance or the evident flaws of this work but rather the choice of a gay male main character: everyone is entitled to his own opinion, for sure, but one simply CANNOT say a book is bad because one does not like the sexual orientation of the characters.
As far as THE book is concerned the plot, though a little slow and atypical, works very well: the quest of the hero is not a journey through perilous lands peopled by scaring monsters but a journey to self discovery: he grows up, changes, learns to love and to suffer.
Of course he WHINES, as many have pointed out, but I guess a non whining sixteen-year-old would simply not be believable.
Ms Lackey has an unfortunate tendency to overwrite physical and mental pain, and the characterization of the lesser characters is sometimes vague.
The writing is neither beautiful nor refined; still there is nearly nothing out of place, except quite a redundant use of italics.
I suppose that, if you love fantasy novels and manage to drop homophobic attitudes, this can be a most entertaining read.