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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Wonderful!!! The Scar is a story of Egert Soll who is transf

    Wonderful!!!

    The Scar is a story of Egert Soll who is transformed from a swaggering local hotshot to a lowly coward who flees from home. The transformation is the result of a curse that is put on him by a man called The Wanderer. Egert eventually searches for a way to remove his curse and that isn't as easy as it seems.

    The book was quite enjoyable and the story was wonderfully presented. I think there were some parts that lacked finesse only because of the translation from Russian to English. But even those parts didn't distract from the story itself. This book probably won't get as much publicity or press as other novels out there, but it is worth reading. It was a little gem that I found in the midst of searching and was very much pleased.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    The Scar is one of the most original and most intriguing fantasy

    The Scar is one of the most original and most intriguing fantasy novels
    I've read in quite some time. Considering this is a novel that begins
    with an entirely unlikable protagonist, it's surprising that the read so
    that immediately captures your attention. The writing is so fluid and
    poetic, and the characters so well established, that you find yourself
    easily drawn in to a world that's dark and bleak, with a shadow of gloom
    that hanging over all, but also one in which people can be good or bad,
    not because of their environment, but in spite of it. The speed and
    depth of Egert's fall from grace is almost as stunning to behold as it
    is chilling to experience. I can honestly say I have never before seen
    an author do such a compelling job of detailing a character's rank
    cowardice. To see the fearless, arrogant young captain reduced to
    whimpering against the coming of night, fainting from a fear of heights
    atop his horse, and nearly soiling himself at the slightest sound
    outside his door, is stunning. By the time his cowardice is exposed to
    those around him, and Egert is quite literally shamed out of his home,
    you're beginning to feel sorry for taking such delight in his
    comeuppance. Really, above all else, this is the story of Egert's fall
    from grace, his grudging acceptance of his new place in the world, and
    (ultimately) his hope for redemption. Had this been a typical fantasy
    novel, that redemption would likely have come about halfway through the
    story with the breaking of the curse, sending a once again brash young
    hero out to avenge his fate. Instead, Sergey & Marina leave their
    protagonist to cope with his bleak situation, with only the beautiful
    Toria around to provide any semblance of hope or joy. I honestly wasn't
    sure, until the very last page, whether or not Egert would ever find
    redemption, and I loved that uncertainty. Definitely one of the most
    satisfying conclusions to a novel I've read in quite some time, it's
    also an ending that's as unique as the The Scar itself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Those authors are among the best of modern Russian fantasy (or s

    Those authors are among the best of modern Russian fantasy (or sometimes of urban tails). And i truly hope this series of Dyachenko would became well-known for Western readers too, as their stand-alone books (i'd highlight "No taboo for mages", "Century of Witches" and a somewhat controversial "The Cave").

    Some reader asked "when bringing translated works to an Anglophone audience, why not begin at the beginning?" and this is really the second novel of four books. Well, i think that i the best choice. The Scar is easy but immersive reading that can easily introduce the reader into that Universe. Personally i got familiar with the authors with "No taboo for mages" book, then i purchased this trilogy (it is tetralogy now, but when i purchased that all-in-one volume, only three novels of the world existed. Actually i am somewhat amazed that they manages to come out with a 4th story after a very conclusive ending in the 3rd one.) - and i started reading it with the Scar. "The Gatekeeper", though arguably more artistic one" would better be read as a prequel. It is more dark and dry story, and (while it sounds weird for the fantasy genre) more realistic. Thus reading it after you get familiar with the world and the heroes would go better.

    And i definitely hope this would be just the 1st book of many, that you would read of the authors!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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