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Dark Moon by David Gemmell
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May 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read on May 03, 2012

Dark Moon is a stand-alone fantasy novel -- a rare thing, in my experience, and thus worth a read for that alone, I thought. It has a lot of fascinating ideas and characters in it: a warrior with two personalities; a warrior woman troubled by her abusive past; a harpist raised by a gentle and non-violent race, who gets pulled nonetheless into death and destruction. The world is surprisingly rich in history and detail, considering it's a one-shot, and without being overburdened with it, either. It feels natural.

There were parts that troubled me -- the magical healing of disabled people, for example, like nobody could be a whole person with a limp or a damaged eye. The constant use of the word whore relating to a woman who is sexually active with more than one partner. But there are counterpoints to some of this in the narrative, and Gemmell doesn't shy away from presenting his damaged, unhappy characters as strong and worthwhile people.

He doesn't go gently on his characters, so the end of the book feels something like real life: a horrible compromise, with lovers dead and the world utterly changed, but nonetheless, with hope for the future.
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message 1: by Terry (new)

Terry I had never heard of this one by Gemmell. Sounds interesting.

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