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Posted September 7, 2011
Great Heroic Fantasy
This is the best fantasy I've read in quite a while, and there were lots of things to like. A diverse, interesting cast of characters that I nonetheless could keep straight (unlike the zillion characters in Wheel of Time). A great system of magic with costs, drawbacks, limitations, and checks-and-balances, but still plenty of power, flexibility, and plain old coolness. The pace was beautiful--some parts had rip-roaring action that practically made me want to skim just to find out what was going to happen, but that pace was balanced with slower parts. Not slow as in boring, but the necessary tension-building phases in which characters are deepened, new plot threads woven in, mysteries unearthed or revealed. Fans of fantasy, this is good stuff. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2009
Highly original, full of adventure and suspense!
For a long time I had heard from my friends that this was a really good book and theat I needed to read it but I kept putting it off. After a while I finally gave in and borrowed my friend's copy. HOLY COW! From page one I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. The originality of the plot and the characters was refreshing and the voice of the author was especially evident. It is a colorful story that is better thand Harry Potter. I devoured this book and I wait impatiently for the 2nd book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2009
I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for book 2
So the other reviews you read here will be much more eloquent than my ramblings, I am not a professional book reviewer but I am now a big John Brown fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
his book was amazing! It is getting great reviews all over the net but still not many people have heard about it or read it. I loved it so much I have been telling everyone I know about it even non fantasy readers.
Instead of giving you a synopsis of the book let me just say that I was totally immersed in the experience and I literally could not put it down. Actually one of the reviewers said it has a bit of a slow start. I agree I read the first four chapters and then put it down for a few days but when I picked it up again I was completely hooked. So read chapters 1-10 if you want to get completely hooked.
One thing I loved about this book was how I felt emotional attachment to all of the characters including the villain. He is not unlike any of us when we do the wrong things for what we think are the right reason and later are filled with regret. If I ever meet John Brown I am going to give him a high five for making a brilliant villain.
here is a link to the authors website if you want to read more about it.
Posted July 28, 2009
A great new fantasy series
In the New Lands, the Koramites who have settled on the land are vassals to the Mokaddians. There is danger in this mostly unexplored place; the least of which are Bone Faces who attack the colonists from the south. They cut off a person's pinky and use black magic to bind that individual to them. More dangerous are the Sleths who use Fire (another person's life force) to give them incredible strength and speed. Only the Divines are allowed to use Fire because they feel anyone else would over use and over time would tirn into something evil. A monster nesting amidst the colonist has turned others into monsters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Charity has come to the attention of authorities when her dead baby with parts of a stork and a stork with body parts of a human were found when the rains washed up the casket. Her husband was killed but her children blind Legs and Sugar seek shelter at the home if a member of the Order who use magic for good purposes. Talen, the man's son wants to turn them in but his father refuses. The monster Hunger seeks Charity and brings her to his master. Soon many members of the Order are trapped in the monster's monster's cave and only a miracle can save everyone.
This is the first book in the Dark Gods series and it uses action to introduce the reader to the dangerous New Lands in which life is not precious. Readers get a sense of the differing species competing for power. For instance the Divines want more power to strengthen their hold at the top of the food chain. The monster who creates monsters out of humans wants to go back to where humans were herded like cattle. The Order is mankind's only hope for a free life, but many doubt the lords and the commoners will believe in their cause due to prejudice against magic users who are not Sleth. John Brown has written a compelling but bleak fantasy world filled with a complex and convoluted social structure that will grip readers from the onset.
Posted October 30, 2009
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Posted October 14, 2009
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