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Wings of Dawn by Sigmund Brouwer
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Jan 07, 2012

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Wow, the first 300 pages of Wings of Dawn are a fun 4-star romp. The book is set in medieval England. There's tons of action with heroes and villains and peasants and knights and the whole deal. It's very fast-paced, chockful 'o action. This is not detailed historical fiction that places you in the time period with elaborate narration or anything. It's meat and potatoes, baby. Which is good. Count me in!

Alas, the book dies a pretty horrible, twisted (and disappointing) death over the last 150 pages or so. The lead character leaves England for the Middle East (WTF?), and the whole thing gets completely bogged down. Each plot device seemed to get used twice or more. For example, on multiple occasions people fake imprisonment to spy on someone else. Or someone's escape is faked, so that they can be followed. It got really silly by the end. Also, when he left England, Brouwer had to dump in a whole new lot of characters just to keep the thing churning, but it crossed the finish line as flat as a pancake.

Oh well. It was a fun read and worth it. So close to more than that though. He he.
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