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Wings of Arian by Devri Walls
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Jul 20, 12

really liked it
Read from June 05 to 06, 2012

I’ve mentioned before that I rarely read high fantasy. Here’s a true confession: I rarely read it because I can almost never follow what in the hell is going on. It’s always full of people with crazy names and fantastical creatures and places that don’t exist. I don’t know if I just don’t have the imagination for it or what, but more often than not I find myself scratching my head and/or re-reading because I’m totally lost. Fortunately with Wings of Arian I was able to follow along really well and while it is definitely high fantasy with all of the usual crazy character names, fantastical creatures, etc. I didn’t feel like I needed a flow chart to understand it.

I think that was mostly because of the really good world building. Devri Walls does a really good job of explaining everything from who is who to where is where, and the mythology behind the story. I felt like I was able to visualize the characters and the places where they were. And the creatures, too. Normally I’d be all “pshaw” as soon as a pegasus showed up, but I really liked Arturo. Yes, his name is Arturo. For some reason the really cracked me up.

So just about the only thing I really didn’t care for was Kiora herself. I felt like she was way too weepy and whiny. I get that she was tenderhearted or whatever, but more than once I just wanted her to get a backbone already. I found Emane a lot more endearing and his steadiness balanced out her insane mood swings.

Recommended for fans of high fantasy.

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06/05/2012 "Starting this one today. My tour date is 7/18."

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