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Just finished this book. I felt like the 1 star review it had was grossly unfair. At the begining I was drawn into the story right away. It such a refresher to read a book that doesn't follow the overdone storyline in alot of fantasy books. You know the one. Some poor farmer kid has great magical power. And can't control it. Or he is secretly the son of a king. or something along those lines. I have over 500 fantasy based books in my collection. and this one is definitely in the top 20. take a chance you won't be disappointed.
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I am an outlier with my review ratings of this book. The tale was not very engaging and it felt like the author more or less contrived story arcs along the way to insure that most of the DnD/LotR had some mention, even if briefly. Then, not satisfied with that alone, the authors felt obliged to provide scant mention of gnomes and djinn but, oddly, no orcs. Instead, where Tolkien imagined orcs being of elven origin, that honor befell on the lowly (pun intended) dwarfs.
Where Bilbo's magnum opus was 'There and Back Again', the author could have taken a hint from the Beatles and named this, 'Here, There and Everywhere'. There were lots of inconsistencies such as Mandred's constant lamenting over the lost companionship with his first son but then barely giving his second bastard son a few minutes of holding.
Lastly, the length was way too long for the story which was made even more obvious by the rambling, reminiscing, reaccessing, reacquainting and regretting occurring in each story arc.
The writing was fine but the story itself never garnered much interest with me. The narrator was also good with voice modulation and gender variations but lacked a proper amount of inflection that would have made the characters more interesting.
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