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The Third Sign
     

The Third Sign

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by Gregory A. Wilson
 

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Publishers Weekly

Wilson's cliché-laden fantasy debut opens with callow youth Calen fleeing from an unprecedented attack upon his city. He seeks out forestwalker legend Arvan Eleron to help deliver a critical message to the rulers of his land: the attackers are renegade arlic, Minotaur-like creatures who have traditionally been friends of humankind. It's up to Arvan and Prince Rell Krollner to gain the support of the human lands and their remaining arlic allies before the prophesied "Destroyer" arises. Wilson's laughably flawed prose ("He could have sworn he had heard, or felt, someone ask an unanswerable question") alternates between gratuitous minutiae and insufficient information, easily overpowering a simplistic and hackneyed plot populated with talking animals and a headstrong, rebellious princess. Even the most generous and undiscriminating fantasy readers will find little to like. (June)

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Library Journal

The country of Klune has been free for a decade, but the agreement between the small group of liberating heroes known as the Covenant and the alien mercenaries who keep the land safe from its many enemies is breaking down. When Calen Gollnet flees an attack on his home city, he rushes headlong into circumstances involving the appearance of the sinister Soul Wall and the Prophecy of Return, which await only the fulfillment of the third and final sign to come to pass. Wilson's fantasy debut recalls the complexity of classic epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan. Combining adventure with mystery and memorable characters, this is a good choice for committed fantasy fans.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594147654
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
06/17/2009
Series:
Chronicles of Klune Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Third Sign 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Beezer_Review More than 1 year ago
The Third Sign by Gregory A. Wilson is a fantasy debut novel. It takes place in the nation of Klune. This appears to be a stand alone novel, but one in which additional stories could easily be developed. As I have said in the past, I have long been a fan of giving new authors a chance and exploring their work. After all, every author, at one point or another, was an unknown. With that said, here are my thoughts on this novel. The overall plot of this book is slightly clichéd, in that there is a mysterious entity bent on overtaking the nation of Klune to spread its evil. If that would have been all this book was about, I would have been extremely disappointed, as that particular plot line has been done to death. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find several other sub plots woven into this story creating an engaging and worthwhile plot. Some of the things I particularly liked are the Arlic and their political situation, the subterfuge being played out in Klune Illar, a young man whose family and city have been completely destroyed must find is way in the world, and the treat of a prophecy being fulfilled and coming true. As a general rule, novels in which a prophecy is present fall short in the execution of the prophecy. This book is no different, while I knew about the prophecy during the novel, I found myself not really interested in that particular aspect of the story. It just seemed not to be needed to supplement the story. I would have liked a little more development of the Arlic plot instead of the prophecy being included. With that said, this is an engaging plot and one that held my interest. There are several scenes where the author portrayed the grim reality of war, the loss of life, destruction of property, and the general helplessness feeling. As a reader, who has read many novels with large scale battles, it was nice to see the author pay attention to the price of those battles on the people experiencing them. While there may have been a couple clichéd aspects of the plot, overall I thought it was well done and those couple things did not bog down the story at all. The Third Sign by Gregory A. Wilson is a fantasy debut novel. It takes place in the nation of Klune. This appears to be a stand alone novel, but one in which additional stories could easily be developed. As I have said in the past, I have long been a fan of giving new authors a chance and exploring their work. After all, every author, at one point or another, was an unknown. With that said, here are my thoughts on this novel. The overall plot of this book is slightly clichéd, in that there is a mysterious entity bent on overtaking the nation of Klune to spread its evil. If that would have been all this book was about, I would have been extremely disappointed, as that particular plot line has been done to death. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find several other sub plots woven into this story creating an engaging and worthwhile plot. Some of the things I particularly liked are the Arlic and their political situation, the subterfuge being played out in Klune Illar, a young man whose family and city have been completely destroyed must find is way in the world, and the treat of a prophecy being fulfilled and coming true. As a general rule, novels in which a prophecy is present fall short in the execution of the prophecy. This book is no different, while I knew about the prophecy during the novel, I found myself not really interes