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Across the Face of the World (Fire of Heaven Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fun fantasy to lose one's self in.

It is a fun escapist read although a bit slow starting off. I encourage anyone to bear with it because the story as it unfolds becomes more and more intriguing. The characters are well fleshed out and the reader is often caught by surprise with twists and turns in the ...
It is a fun escapist read although a bit slow starting off. I encourage anyone to bear with it because the story as it unfolds becomes more and more intriguing. The characters are well fleshed out and the reader is often caught by surprise with twists and turns in the plot.

posted by 964157 on August 13, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

ehh

Just your typical fantasy. Kids growing up in a small town leave riding horses because the fate of the world is actually in their hands. blah blah yawn. A huge book with two or three more to follow, I see no reason to waste your time with this one.

posted by Anonymous on July 18, 2008

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    A story that wants to be great...

    "Across the Face of the World" desperately wants to join the ranks of great fantasy epics, but it disappointingly falls short of the mark. I had picked up the book based on the cover art, which is beautiful and evokes images of Tolkein-like journeys across, well, the face of the world, and the back cover description sounded interesting enough. That's the most positive thing I can say about it, sadly.

    The characters are predictable and boring, there is no aura of mystery or wonder, everything seems culled from one great epic or another (from Tolkein to Jordan) and the plot moves at a pace just short of geriatric. It is a very one-dimensional story, and offers up nothing original or intriguing into the realm of fantasy.

    I could tell that the author was really trying with this, and maybe his other books are better, but this introduction into the Fire of Heaven trilogy was very underwhelming.

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