|Submitted by Brys |
(Aug 28, 2005)
This is Eddings's weakest novel so far. His characters are still the same of those in the Belgariad and Elenium (yes, they have different names, and are allegedly original, but they have exactly the same personalities). His writing, far from having improved from the already weak writing has dropped to a new low, with awful dialogue and worse description. The concept, I have to admit, had some potential. It wasn't entirely original, but neither was it as derivative as his earlier work. Unfortunately, the plot was one of the most predictable I've ever read, and he tries to cushion the reader in a hideous way.
I enjoyed the Belgariad and Elenium as light reads. They were nothing particularly special, and don't come anywhere near the best of fantasy, but they weren't too bad. Unfortunately, this fails even as a light read because he is unable to make you care for character (who, as has already been pointed out, have ridiculous names), his plot is predictable and his portrayal of the gods and his anachronistic society make you want to stop reading almost as soon as you start. Even for light reads, there are far better alternatives, such as Feist or Gemmell, and for Sword and Sorcery, why bother with Eddings when you could be reading Fritz Leiber or Michael Moorcock?