Superb, absolutely superb. I make it a point not to spend over $9.99 for a Kindle book, but I have been waiting a long time for this series to be releSuperb, absolutely superb. I make it a point not to spend over $9.99 for a Kindle book, but I have been waiting a long time for this series to be released, so I didn't hesitate at all to buy each of the three books in this series despite the fact they were each around $12.99. Though I have only read it once before, about fifteen or twenty years ago, I remembered it as an outstanding story, and I wanted to read it again. That impression was vindicated as I come to the last page of the last book. Kay really knows how to end a story.
This is an outstanding series on every level: characters, plot, theme, setting. Highly, highly recommended, though definitely for older readers due to some mature content....more
It's extremely gratifying when a book you love as a teen turns out to be just as good when you re-read it as an adult. That's how I feel after readingIt's extremely gratifying when a book you love as a teen turns out to be just as good when you re-read it as an adult. That's how I feel after reading The Face in Frost again. Written in 1969, I first read it in the late 1980s and loved it. I am happy to say that it was just as enjoyable this second time around.
Light-footed yet dark-hearted, gothically detailed yet deliberately vague, delightfully complex yet deceptively simple, this is an example of what the fantasy genre can be in the hands of a master storyteller.
And that's what The Face in the Frost is: a story. In the best sense of the word. This is a tale to read in front of the fireplace in the evening, or to bring with you to the beach when you need to shrug off the weight of the world for a while.
At significantly less than two hundred pages, The Face in the Frost shows that high quality fantasy can be tightly written and still open up new worlds and mysterious situations.
A hauntingly great story that ought to be better known and appreciated....more
Start with a base of Sherlock Holmes, add a drop of Lord Peter Wimsey, stir in a healthy serving of Brother Cadfael, and season with Jonathan StrangeStart with a base of Sherlock Holmes, add a drop of Lord Peter Wimsey, stir in a healthy serving of Brother Cadfael, and season with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell—it all adds up to the highly satisfying diet of Lord Darcy stories by Randall Garrett.
Lord Darcy is the Chief Forensic Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, in an alternate history where the British Empire in the 1960s consists of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the New World. The Plantagenets are still in power, and the Church is still a visible and integral part of the culture.
The four stories that make up this collection are enjoyable not only for the mysteries that have to be solved, but also for the sheer pleasure of exploring this world that might have been. Elevators and guns exist alongside gas lamps, carriages, sorcery, and sword-play. I loved the mixture of medieval and Victorian England, and the way the Church was such a significant part of daily life.
This is exactly the kind of book I love reading for pleasure: quick moving, intelligent, imaginative, and filled with personable characters.
I look forward to reading the full length Lord Darcy novel, Too Many Magicians, and the final collection of stories, Lord Darcy Investigates....more
A must read for anyone who has been moved by Tolkien's works and wants to know why. But perhaps even more important, a must read for those who don't uA must read for anyone who has been moved by Tolkien's works and wants to know why. But perhaps even more important, a must read for those who don't understand or who misunderstand what Tolkien has created. Far more than escapist literature for hippies and geeks, The Lord of the Rings is a sanctifying myth that illustrates some of the foundational truths of life to a world that has forgotten them. Bradley Birzer truly understands the significance of Tolkien and his work and explains it in a clearly written, organized, well-researched and thoroughly documented way. Superb in every respect. Highly, highly recommended....more