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Wow! I'm a HUGE fan of Salvatore's other books - I've read the 30-ish books in the Drizzt series as well as his 3-book series "The Crimson Shadow" - but this one might top them all! Firstly, to my surprise, it doesn't even feel like Salvatore's other works, except for some of the descriptions of certain fight scenes. The story and characters are so original. How can an author be so prolific and yet not feel like he is getting repetitive?? Anyway, this is a work of sheer beauty that had me physically nervous and exultant at several points. The narration is also top notch. I recommend this book very, very highly.
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Unfortunately the story did. The character building was superb.and the world building a little lacking in that same richness. I suppose the author expects the reader to fill in any gaps with standard fantasy town filler and I have no problem with that, it just stands out s bit.
The main problem for me with the book is the lack of pace. There is action and there is the possibility of some pretty good political intrigue as well Ryira styled hijinks and banter. For some reason that never gets explored as much as I would have liked and hoped would happen after the prologue.
This could easily be the beginning of a great series and Salvatore does well in tying all loose ends satisfactorily while leaving room for more books to follow. Worth a credit if you like the genre and many will like it much more yuan I.
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