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Posted April 16, 2009
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I continue to be amazed that this series doesn't get 1/10th the attention it deserves. So, I'll try to give it appropriate tribute here.
This series is definitely "fantasy adventure," so if you love that genre in general, you MUST read these books. The first installment, "Gideon's Dawn," opens the story about a man living in our world, Gideon Dawning, who is a geology student. He trudges through a messed up life and during a geological survey, which he leads, there is an earthquake. He falls into a pit that opens up before him and finds himself in another world. Very Narnia like, I know, but M. Warden doesn't plagarize off of Lewis. Anyways, he immediatley finds himself in the middle of a war between two factions of people: The Council, that possess a terrible ability to speak Sa'lei, which is mystical tongue of death, vs. the Remnant, that speak Dei'lo, which is the tongue of life. In these stories, the power of these two Tongues can do amazing things, like make storms of wind that tear people apart, control the minds of monsters, and bring people just dead back to life.
The character Gideon is emotionally and mentally damaged from an abusive past, and it shows in the book as he struggles to come to grips with the strange world that he had been thrust into. And despite his many failings, that he can clearly see in himself, he tries to step up to the plate to help the Remnant, which, despite his emotional distance, distrust and sometimes contentious attitude, counts him as their friend.
I love a lot of things about this story. For one, the plot is interesting. The Council has basically taken over all the lands, except for a few tiny strongholds of freedom that hide in mountains and valleys and continue to flourish. The main characters are diverse, coming from a variety of backrounds of age, gender, social class and military, etc. As Gideon learns more about the world called the "Inherited Lands," we learn about it too. From the start, some Remnant members trust him at once, believing he was sent to save them, while others are uncertain. He also finds in this new world, he wields amazing powers that manifest themselves unexpectedly, and enable him to call lightning storms and other feats to help the Remnant battle the Council.
Also, all of the characters are very well developed and you learn some of the history of each person. And another twist is, not all of the villains realize they are the "bad guys," which adds another facet. After Gideon arrives and the Remnant takes him in, they make an incredible journey filled with battles, revelations and dangers to the stronghold of the Remnant, called Wordhaven, which is an astonishing place where all the people commune in a mutual telepathy and can all read each other's minds and train to battle the Council. There Gideon comes to accept his new life that leads to the invasion of the Council city of Phallenar, where the Remnant go seeking the lost Book of Dei'lo, which holds Words powerful enough to challenge the oppression of the Council. The end battle is amazing and the unexpected help they get is fabulous. The ending reveals the true purpose that Gideon has in these new lands, but will he accept it? And do they get the Book? Who lives through the battle and who doesn't? The Remnant pay a terrible price for locating the book I will admit.
This book is SOOOO worth reading, I can't begin to impress the 'MUST' in you M
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