I loved this book. Perhaps it isn't the most engrossing plot, but it was engrossing enough. It's the quick wit and humour that make this book and have me wishing for more from Mike Carey like his second work, Vicious Circle and his third, Dead Men's Boots.
There is no doubt that Chris Evans is not only a masterful storyteller, but also a really good writer; one who is able to weave magic with his words.
It is also very clear that upon starting A Darkness Forged in Fire the reader is making a commitment to what I believe will be one of the greatest fantasy sagas ever written. This first book of the Iron Elves fulfills its role of introducing us beautifully to the premise, the characters, the setting and the exposition of what will be an intricate storyline, while leaving us with a hankering for more.
I cannot wait for the second book, promised, I believe, for July of 2009. In itself, this first book is entertaining and moving, the language filled with moments of poetry, humour and raw emotion.
Do yourself a favour, read this A Darkness Forged in Fire and embark upon a magical adventure.
Gone with the Wind it is not, but it is fitting that we be invited into Rhett Butler's world and his side of the story, as it were. Rhett Butler's People provides us with a better understanding of who Rhett was, his relationships with others, including Belle Wattling and the life he had,independently of Scarlett.
I am sure I am not the only one who, after reading Gone with the Wind, hoped that Rhett and Scarlett would settle their differences. What Donald McCaig did is not easy, but he did it skillfully since Mitchell's plot was often communicated indirectly in epistolary fashion. McCaig touched upon former events, but told his own story. In fact, he is often more acerbic than Mitchell ever was.
It is true that the characters could have been fleshed out a little more had we been allowed to share in their innermost thoughts and feelings, butI do believe McCaig aquitted himself quite well, if for no other reason than the fact that he was able to continue where Mitchell left off and bring Scarlett's and Rhett's story full circle. If you loved Gone with the Wind, Rhett Butler's People should not be overlooked.
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