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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Conspiracy of Wizards: Book One of Th

    While this novel is an impressive expression of human genius, it is not a light read. It's apparant that Harvey has mobilized a complex universe of thought and imagination in the production of this story, both to the novel's benefit and detriment. Like many a capably aspiring Homer or Shakespeare, Harvey has written a book that high school students may someday be forced to read, but which few will enjoy. This is a novel for the truly dedicated, for readers who want to be taken into the depths of the human and natural spirit and have the wherewithall for the journey. Abundant details of a mythological world both add to its authenticity, but also challenge the reader's memory. This is a book probably best suited to highly intelligent young adults in their late teens and early twenties, the kind of people who might sit in cafes discussing metaphysics in the predawn hours. Harvey takes such discussions to a new level and in colorful way, demonstrating that he has tempered and matured that youthful wonder with years of study and contemplation. The story itself is both brilliantly imaginative and innovative, and at the same time so complicated that it strains the sinews that must hold it together. The use of language is so beautiful as to sometimes be distracting, and some will consider it pretencious, though I believe this perception is due more to the modern tendency to try to make the language disappear than to the author's defect. All in all, this is a marvelous work of literature, but one which eschews both simple language and simple plot in favor of the perhaps quixotic quest for literary perfection.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Conspiracy of Wizards: Book One of Th

    I don't know what this guy's on, but pass me the pipe! This is the mind's journey in hyper-drive, some wierd and wonderful mix of intellectual brilliance and unfettered imagination. I loved the characters, who really came alive, even while being larger than life (sometimes literally!). Algono, his humor, his soul, his very human drive to find his peace, his 'harmony' with the world around him. Sarena, driven by similar feelings, but ones shaped by different circumstances. And the way there were no good guys and bad guys, but just people, all of whom had foibles, many of whom were thrown into conflict without it being clear who was to blame. This was a very nice touch! Much more true to reality than most fairy tales, and yet a fairy tale none the less. The way in which the beliefs the reader was introduced to throughout the novel, and accepted just as the main characters had, turned out to be just one culture's religion after all! I don't want to give it away, but by the end, you really have been treated to that 'Ah-ha!' experience that makes great novels great, and an 'Ah-ha!' experience on many levels at that. You come away from this novel changed, enhanced, with a clearer vision of reality than you had before. THAT is what literature should be!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Conspiracy of Wizards: Book One of Th

    The author has created a very elaborate world in which every aspect, from the physical and ecological context, to the magical races, to the personalities and aspirations of the human characters, all combine to form a living representation of the real world's most intriguing mysteries! The story weaves supernatural phenomena, complex and realistic geopolitics, and the social and psychological challenges faced by very believable, complex characters into a single tapestry of sound and color, adventure and discovery. Unlike most novels, this one recognizes that what we hold to be true and what is true are not identical, but that the truth we never quite grasp is even richer and more magical than the shallower ones we invent in its place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Conspiracy of Wizards: Book One of Th

    As a fan of both scientific thought and fantasy fiction, this novel really delivers! Harvey has succeeded in creating a modern incarnation of classical mythology which captures in a web of complex metaphors some of the most subtle and sophisticated ideas of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. For those who are familiar with Chaos Theory, Thomas Kuhn's classic on the philosophy of science, 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,' Evolutionary ecology, microeconomic and game theory, and even some of the more reasonable ideas of the (usually jargonesque) postmodernist movement, you will recognize in the Loci imps, the Vaznallam wizards, and the Ilyarian muses the essences of these analyses. The language is often poetic, and for some it may even at times be challenging, but it offers a payoff well worth the investment! I highly recommend this novel, and, in my opinion, would even say that it could become a classic of world literature.

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