Dawnthief by James Barclay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not very exciting. In fact, since I somehow had expected gritty realistic fantasy, but got some sort of bland, although action packed, sword and sorcery instead, I’m a bit disappointed.
If someone compares this to Erikson or Cook, don’t believe them. This is "dungeons and dragons"-style fantasy with silly-sounding spell names, mana-power and where the "dark college" has a name with an ‘X’ in it (everyone who’s played RPG’s know that if someone has an ‘X’ in his name, he’s no doubt chaotic or evil or both; that’s just the way the cliches goes). Also, yes to kill of your heroes, but if your going to do it, at least wait until the readers has attached themselves to the person you’re going to snuff, otherwise, it just feels silly.
This is kind of what you get if you mix your ordinary sword and sorcery with Eddings. No character development, cliches every second page, and a hollow story. Yes, it’s fast paced but that’s not enough for me. Now, I realize there’s something for everyone, so if you like fast sword and sorcery without any fuzz, this might be one for you. But not for me. So… No I will not be reading the sequels.
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