|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Mar 09, 2009)
This book is treated as a God in my household. After years of listening to people rant on about "harry potter" and how it was the best example of fantasy for years, i felt like giving up on the genre. However, as soon as i picked up this book i was hooked. The creatures are intelligently created, bloodstalkers and minions etc. They didn't just appear out of nowhere, they had purpose, they had meaning. Yes, it took a while to get up to the coronation scene, but as soon as i reached it i couldn't relieve my hands of the heavy book in them. I love how Robert isn't afraid to make his characters suffer, how many times does Tristan get his ass kicked within the first book? Many! Aswell as the other characters, they suffer from mental abuse and physical abuse, all of which make their characters more interesting. The sorceress were well written, however i believe some were rather useless and i would have enjoyed looking into their characters a bit more.
The ghetto of the shunned was easily imagined in my head, and the characters within it were likeable. I have read every book in this series and i believe the first is the best. Robert Newcomb is a genius when it comes to fight scenes, describing the fight so vividly i can imagine it in my thoughts like a movie.
I found myself thinking about this book days after i read it. I read this book within 2 days and considering it is 800 pages long in my version, that is a notable record. The book kept me turning throught he fast, driven scenes and didn't put it down until i had read the end of the sneak preview of gates of dawn.
Kudos to Robert Newcomb for making me believe in fantasy novels again!