Home Literature Stories Movies Games Comics Blogs News Discussion Forum Art Gallery
  Science Fiction and Fantasy News
Esslemont's Stonewielder Prologue and Cover (07-26)
Deals and Deliveries (9!!!) (09-12)
Iron Man: Femmes Fatales by Robert Greenberger (09-12)
Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead by Steve Pe (09-12)

Official sffworld Reviews
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber (05-29 - Book)
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent (05-25 - Book)
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig (05-21 - Book)
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith (05-17 - Book)


Author

Site Index

Book Info    Bookmark and Share

Transformation by Carol Berg

  (29 ratings)

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Rating (29 ratings)
Rate this book
(5 best - 1 worst)
 
Book Information  
AuthorCarol Berg
TitleTransformation
SeriesRai-kirah Trilogy
Volume1
YearUnknown
GenreFantasy
 
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
 
Submitted by Kamla Mahony 
(Jun 13, 2005)

‘Transformation’ is an apt title for Carol Berg’s debut as it refers to layers of transformations that occur within the trilogy. It is fair to say that the first novel lends toward a character study, focusing particularly on Seyonne as slave, but also on Aleksander and the impact on both of the reluctant relationship the two develop.

It’s often a challenge for fantasy writers to mix action, pace and plot together with character exploration. Berg has mixed these factors beautifully. On the one hand we have Seyonne who epitomises all that may happen to a human spirit once enslaved, with the resulting mess of terror, resilience and internal rebellion one might expect. Aleksander, the enslaver, at first glance appears little more than an obnoxious brat preparing to inherit his father’s kingdom and Berg takes pains to create a perception that the two are very different indeed.

However, as the story proceeds it’s evident that they possess much in common: a fierce loyalty to their prospective nations; a willingness to acknowledge both their failings and strengths; and the particular type of cliched honour common to fantasy protagonists. It is these qualities that draw the two together in an unlikely bond that is continuously tested throughout the trilogies, but ‘Transformation’ itself focuses on the building of that bond.

Seyonne’s particular brand of magic is little explored in the novel. The reader learns about his magic from an exploration of his memories, and the aid he provides to Aleksander when he is maliciously enchanted; this provides a successful foreshadowing ploy for the next two books in the series.

‘Transformation’ can occasionally seem a little too cut and dried in terms of a classic good versus evil scenario but Aleksander’s character confliction helps to counter this. Berg has a smooth writing style, and her prose is easy to read without being simple or banal. All in all this is a fantastic, clever debut with excellent pace and a plot to keep the pages turning.


Submitted by Keyoke 
(Jul 31, 2001)

On a whim, I decided to pick up Transformation by Carol Berg. For a long time, it sit on my shelf, collecting dust. It sounded good, but, I just never bothered. One day, after finishing a long run of scifi novel, I needed some fantasy.. And hence, I decided to give this book a try, even despite the horrid cover. What a surprise! Amazing novel, it has been a long time since I've read a novel that has engrossed me so much in such a unique way. The story is told from the view point of a slave, his people conquered, and believing he is alone. It shows how his spirit has been crushed, and how he manages to live day by day. Soon, he is sold the ruling Prince of the people that destroyed his own. As time goes by, he realizes other malovent forces are at work, and that the very person who destroyed his people may be the only hope for the entire world. Excellent fantasy! The cultures come alive, and what I love is that the culture grows on you, meaning, simply, the author does not flood you with a set of rules for the culture, but, let's you discover the cultures through the eyes of the characters. I cannot recommend this book enough. The second book, Revelation, will be released in August of 2001.




Sponsor ads

 

Latest

The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize!
05-31 - News
Stephen King's Joyland UK Promotion
05-30 - News
UK Publisher of Stephen King’s New Novel Unusual Promotion
05-30 - News
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber
05-29 - Book Review
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent
05-25 - Book Review
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
05-21 - Book Review
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith
05-17 - Book Review

05-10 - News
The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
05-04 - Book Review
Galaxy's Edge 1 by Mike Resnick
04-28 - Book Review
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
04-21 - Book Review
Bullington, Beukes and Bacigalupi event
04-19 - News
The City by Stella Gemmell
04-17 - Book Review
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
04-15 - Book Review
Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
04-09 - Book Review
Frank Hampson: Tomorrow Revisited by Alastair Crompton
04-07 - Book Review
The Forever Knight by John Marco
04-01 - Book Review
Book of Sith - Secrets from the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace
03-31 - Book Review
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
03-25 - Book Review
Fade to Black by Francis Knight
03-13 - Book Review
The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent
03-12 - Book Review
The Burn Zone by James K. Decker
03-06 - Book Review
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
03-04 - Book Review
Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri
02-28 - Book Review
Excerpt: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
02-27 - Article
Tales of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
02-24 - Book Review
American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
02-20 - Book Review
Evie Manieri Guest Post
02-19 - Article
The Grim Company by Luke Scull
02-17 - Book Review
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
02-11 - Book Review

New Forum Posts




About - Advertising - Contact us - RSS - For Authors & Publishers - Contribute / Submit - Privacy Policy - Community Login
Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use. The contents of this webpage are copyright © 1997-2011 sffworld.com. All Rights Reserved.