1) Take the broad cultural stereotypes of European nations (with maybe a dash of Ethiopia for colour - make them all naked hehe) mix them up & pull out of a hat; then assign the new mix a "fantastical" name. Don't go too far, Russians will still like drinking and live in hovels. 2)Take the broad facts about WWII change nothing except the names of countries. Retain all the leaders' personalities and politician's roles they'll come in handy later! 3) Change weapons names. Now guns are sticks! Bombs are eggs! Though that changes nothing else about there function so you don't even have to think of new battles or tactics. This can actually make dragons boring.
Voila - Tolkien eat your heart out?
No not really, the writing is functional but any novelty gained from crystal (ball) radios etc. fades well before the hundreds of pages run out. Insulting to adults and there is so much more on offer for teens. When compared to the imagination let loose in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan for example, this can only be one star.
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