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Posted December 12, 2012
Posted April 28, 2012
This is fantasy that leans towards the classic Tolkien side. It tells the story of Jerrick, a patroller (ranger), who returns home to find things a bit off kilter. The other characters are a sorcerer, a knight, and a bard. This troop bands together, somewhat reluctantly at times, in order to solve various mysteries going on in the Simarron Woods. The story itself unfolds in a fairly linear fashion, but there's plenty of intrigue and character development along the way. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the character development. I read Mr. Marlowe's other novel, The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book 1), in which we find similar (perhaps more) character development with personas who are as flawed as any one of us. It's a nice change in the fantasy genre, especially when you're talking about a fairly classic type of story like this one, when you find characters who make mistakes and then suffer the consequences.
I liked this book. As I said, I'd already read the author's other novel, so now I will have to wait for him to finish his next one.
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Posted July 31, 2012
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