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Posted August 24, 2010
First read of a new author.
I found this book / author when I was visiting Gencon. After talking to the author I thought I would get it a try.
I love the writing style of world and the character introductions. The characters are described in such a way that it paints a picture of who they are and what they look in the minds eye without distracting from the story. When you read this book it really places you in the world and makes you feel a part of it. I had a hard time putting it down once I started.
The story itself is mostly about two brothers who find themselves on different sides of a world conflict that both believe in. This does not change who they are and they strive to remain close brothers regardless of the world events around them.
The magic system is well thought out and is not used as a crutch like many fantasy novels.
I would describe the writing style to be similar to Robert Jordon but missing the "fluff". I eagerly await book two and was upset when the publisher delayed its release.
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Posted November 8, 2012
I have never offered a review of any books I've read in the past
I have never offered a review of any books I've read in the past, BUT I am compelled to write one for this book! Never thought that I would even like, let alone enjoy, a Fantasy Novel. Maxwell Alexander Drake's writing held my attention throughout "Farmers & Mercenaries" and left me wanting to read Book Two, "Mortals & Deities". Surprisingly, the story took me with the characters, feeling all their emotions. I am definitely recommending this one to everyone I know!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2012
Farmers & Merchants has a nice blend of characters that are
Farmers & Merchants has a nice blend of characters that are believable and enticing. I had the opportunity to attend a couple of Drake's seminars at Origins 2012 where I was first introduced to the characters in this book. My first thought of Klain was one of skepticism when he was briefly discussed during one of the seminars. I did not know if I could be drawn into the book with a character who was an animal. I decided to give this book a shot after witnessing the passion Drake displayed when he talked about his characters and the world they lived in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After reading the first chapter, preconceived idea of Klain as a talking animal was shattered and I realized that in fact, Kain is an interesting and riveting character, one that I was cheering for during the Coliseum scene.Not only does Drake have an interesting character in Kain, he does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the lives and minds of not only the other characters, but the world of Talic'Nauth as well.
I am eagerly awaiting the third installment as I immediately purchased the second and just recently finished that one as well. I do want to give you a word of caution, unless you are a speed reader, plan on a few nights of very limited sleep because this book does cause you to not want to put it down. I found myself saying just one more chapter!
Posted March 6, 2011
A great start
Having recently read his second book, I wanted to come back and review his first. Drake is a new author, but don't let that stop you from starting a great story. While the book does start a little slow, it really picks up after the characters are introduced & the plot starts to get rolling. You want be disappointed! Book 2 & a prequel are already out & book 3 due this summer, so plenty of material to keep you going!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2010
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Posted April 27, 2011
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