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Posted February 12, 2012
This book is perfect to pick up and put down. (Well...Maybe not so easy to put down...) ;)
Where everyone seems to be describing 'what' the book is about, the forget the main part most people look for 'In' a book.
Style. Antiquitas Lost, doesn't drag, it doens't lack anywhere, it is the perfect book for someone who is wishing Tolkien could write more book, sadly they don't want to face facts and realize he 'can't' write another book, so desperatly we search to find a new book, and Antiquitas Lost is that book. It isn't following the LOTR overly used plotline, though it holds the greatness of the LOTR. I cannot wait till Robert Louis Smith brings out his next volume! I will be waiting 'not' so paitiently for it. :)
Posted October 6, 2011
Fifteen year old Elliott worries about his mom Mary who he believes his dying. They moved to New Orleans to live with her elderly father in his home built in 1796. The kind old man tells him about the house's history and sadly informs his grandson that his mother has breast cancer.
Hi grandfather sounds as crazy as his dad claimed him to be with talk of the cause of the cancer and artifacts in the basement. Elliot explores the basement where he finds strange paintings and hears whispers. He soon finds himself in the Forest of Ondor in war wracked Pangrelor where two tiny gimlets (Marvus and Jingo) believe he is a Shamalan. They explain his species once ruled the realm, but due to ethnic cleansing are down to Princess Sarintha, prisoner of the Serpans at war with the Shamalans, Gimlets and the Grayfarers. They take him to the ruling council who plan to execute Elliot and Hooks the Susquatanian, but Jingo and Marvus rescue both. The quartet tries to prevent a Serpan attack, rescue the princess and elude the Council; while the hero needs to be with his mom.
This is an entertaining quest fantasy with unique species that bring a brisk freshness to the tale. The story line is fast-paced with vivid illustrations enhancing the good vs. bad guys plot. The Serpans who seem to be winning the war come across as incompetent in battle scenes (even their pictures make them look like losers). Mindful of the NeverEnding Story, young adult readers will appreciate this engaging thriller starring heroes with histories and allies with nebulous motives not as lucid as they first appear.
Posted October 3, 2011
The first thing that I noticed when I picked this book up was the amazing illustrations. I didn't count them all but there are at least 70 detailed works of art distributed throughout the book. The artist is Geoff Isherwood, to the fans that know him he was/is a former Marvel comic book artist and in my opinion the artwork is amazing. Each illustration corresponds to a chapter in the book and though this a not a new concept I'm not sure that I have ever seen this done with a fantasy novel before. It certainly makes the reading experience that much more enjoyable.
The book itself is pretty long but don't let that dissuade you from reading it because once the initial scene and back story are setup the book moves at a really fast pace. Antiquitas Lost is packed with tons of interesting characters and creatures. One of my favorites were the voracious shark-like people that the main character Eliot happens upon or Eliot's friend a Susquat named Hooks who is like our Big Foot. There is plenty of action, fighting, and battles with good old fashion magic to go along with it. The author has a great way of leaving unanswered questions which urged me to keep reading because I had to know what was going to happen. Typically, as with most fantasy books you know how the story is going to end without having to read it as they are usually very predictable however I was surprised with the ending and the plot didn't necessarily evolve the way that I thought it would which kept things interesting.
The ending of the book was awesome and it almost reminded me of reading a mystery novel because the author makes us wait until the very end before he reveals some of the answers to the questions that are posed throughout the book. Its obvious that this book was written with a sequel in mind or as the first in a series. I can definitely say that I will anxiously await the next book. Overall,the artwork and story were great and I enjoyed it thoroughly as it was one of those books I just couldn't put down.
Posted September 25, 2011
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Posted November 4, 2011
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