|Submitted by Ken |
(Mar 20, 2005)
Badly written at times, yes. Run-on sentences, difficult verbage, confusing wording, and worst of all an ending that fizzles a bit. All that said, a book I read twenty years ago that, until I found a copy of it a couple years ago, haunted me. After re-reading it I still think it contained one of the most innovative ideas in fantasy, up there with Zelazny's Amber series. Some of the passages and images are so vivid they will never leave you. The city gate made out of bodies and souls entrapped by the wizards. The lances of the undead cavalry as they attack the human hover tanks. The bomber plane approaching through the changing realities...one moment close to the observer, the next far away.
This is a book about an invasion of our mechanical, logical world by irrational, unpredictable (at least to our mind-set)wizards with enormous magical abilities. They are trying to impose their world view on our planet, we are trying to survive. Neither side understands the powers, motivations and philosophy of the other. There are hints the wizards were fleeing something when they came here 800 years ago. The war has lasted that long, with magic taking over many places on Earth (at least half of North America, though the descrption is vague) Some of mankind has adapted and lives in the magic countries, while the remainder is fighting as best it can. The book is set at the time when human forces have finally started to partially understand the magic, by breaking it down with empirical science, and counter-attack. What will the wizards do?
Not a long book, but one that requires reading passages over and over to get the meaning out of them.