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Transformation by Carol Berg
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Jun 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended to Kayleigh by: Lynne
Read in June, 2010

I love Berg's characterizations. Rather than using the "blank slate" technique (found in so many other works of fantasy) of introducing a young, handsome and untried hero whose character and personality are formed by the quest they undertake, Berg's protagonists always have a past, along with the knowledge and the scars (both physical and mental) gained through life's experiences. They are not perfect, nor are they necessarily faster, stronger, or more talented than the other characters (another common fantasy trope). They have flaws and weaknesses, they make mistakes, and they require the aid of friends in order to accomplish their goals. Besides being a nice change from the almost Christ-like characters so common in the fantasy genre, these qualities give Berg's heroes a depth and a complexity that makes them far more interesting to the reader. I found myself wishing for a prequel so I could learn more about Seyonne's past, and wondering what Aleksander was thinking throughout the book--his changing perceptions of Seyonne that lead to their eventual friendship, his inner transformation from arrogant youth to honorable man, and his thoughts upon seeing his entire world turned upside-down.
This is one of the few books that I didn't want to end. I'm glad it's only the first of a series.

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Lynne So glad you liked it <3

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