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Posted March 4, 2013
A good, though highly confusing read.
K.J. Parker is a great writer. From "The Hammer" to the "Engineer Trilogy" his/her world has been more than a fun twist on the old fantasy sword'n'sorcery stories, with a realistic bent a mile long and darkness so black a man would be forgiven for thinking he'd gone blind.
But what of the 1st book in the Scavenger Trilogy? Well, this is the first book of Parker's (that I've read) where there may very well be a supernatural element to it all. It all starts when a man awakens on a battlefield to find he's the only survivor, and has amnesia to boot. He's understandably confused about what all is going on, and when he winds up playing the part of a folksy God in the Cart in place of another man, he begins to wonder (along with the reader) whether he may in fact be the fabled god Poldarn, who is said to bring the end of the world once his cart has reached its destination.
What follows is dry wit, a good dose of sarcasm, and humor right beside the ever darkening plot.
The only downside I found was that at no time did the main character simply grab someone, put a dagger to their throat, and demand an explanation to what is going on and who the heck he is. But I guess that'd ruin the plot, so it can be forgiven.
All in all, I'd definitely buy this series. Again, if I had too. Worth every penny if you like your fantasy based in realism.
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Posted December 17, 2013
Posted October 11, 2004
This is A good Fantasy novel. I am truly surprised I am the first to review this book here K.j. Parker needs praise for writing such a good book. It goes out of that Tolkien mindset that any fantasy is based on. It was a good read and I hope the other two are even betterWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.