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Built to last. Superb craftsmanship. Sturdy as a pack mule. No, these aren't the ramblings of an old-timer reminiscing about how things used to be made: They are fitting, albeit unusual, descriptions of David Keck's debut novel. Featuring no flashy narrative bells and whistles, In the Eye of Heaven is as strong and solid a fantasy as any to come along in years.
Durant's future is looking bright; after years of hard work, the squire will soon be knighted and is set to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy. But his life is turned upside down in an instant and, landless and penniless, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime -- complete with supernatural omens, centuries-old prophecies, and plenty of dark intrigue. In the words of an enchantress Durant meets during his travels: "The dream descends." Keck's steady and self-assured writing style is a throwback to much earlier times when the primary purpose of writing a fantasy wasn't to create the groundwork for a series of never-ending rehashed sequels or to market trademarked action figures and lunchboxes; it was simply to entertain and enthrall readers from the first sentence to the last. That's exactly what Keck's debut novel does. A blend of Arthurian legend-inspired works like Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon and timeless adventure fantasy à la Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion saga, In the Eye of Heaven reads like it should be recited around a blazing fire in the middle of a shadowy forest. This is the good stuff -- they may not write 'em like they used to, but David Keck does. Paul Goat Allen