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Great characters and plot in epic fantasy series

  • May 14, 2013
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Enter a world of dwarves, ogres and more, of dark powers and light hope, of tortured (sometimes literally) protagonists, politics, rebellion, friendship, loyalty and more—the world of the Brotherhood of Dwarves.

The series stats with Book 1, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, then continues through battles and alliances in Red Sky at Dawn and the Fall of Dorkhun. But you really can start reading here with book 4, and you’ll be quickly enthralled. The author builds a convincing and consistent world, with genuinely nuanced world-views amongst his characters. The writing’s quick and sharp, with smooth dialog leading to quick action, just enough backstory to remind regular readers or save new readers from getting confused, and descriptions that build smoothly into whole scenes of town and countryside.

Several plotlines intertwine as armies gather for a final confrontation. Alliances are made and broken. Old enemies are chased and old cruelties avenged, while new threats rear their heads, and nicely nuanced characters change and grow. The story follows different groups and events without ever seeming confusing—and I’m saying this after failing to read books 2 and 3! If book one intrigued me (it did), this book four has me hooked and I’m eager for more.

A series of novels that stand complete in their own right and build to something larger as each tale is told—what more could I want?

 

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to win a copy!

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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