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Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey
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Jun 05, 2012

it was amazing
Read from May 29 to June 05, 2012

This book is fantastically interesting, and continues my love affair with the work of Jacqueline Carey. I short, it's a typical 'Epic Fantasy' but told from the perspective of the 'bad guys'. It's Tolkien influence is deeply felt, but here we get a work were the Monstrous creatures of the 'Dark Lord' have feelings, intentions, and a reason for what they do. Where the Dark Lord Himself is less 'bent on controlling the world' and more sees himself as a figure for freedom from his over-bearing 'brother' god.

The writing is superb the illusion and construction and inversion of the typical tropes of fantasy are beautiful. We see inside the head of the Immortal 'evil' sorceress, the Ancient Dragon, the Warrior who has pledged his service to the 'Dark Lord'. Events that are triumphant or depressing in a typical fantasy epic are inverted; You cheer with the Dark forces when they triumph and feel their defeats as well as their aggravations.

All in all it's a very well done book and I'm very much looking forward to reading it's conclusion.
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