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The Shadow of His Wings by Bruce Ferguson
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Oct 26, 08

bookshelves: fantasy, full-reviews
Recommended for: Robin Hobb fans
Read in October, 2008, read count: 1

This story is the first of two set in Bruce Fergusson's setting - The Six Kingdoms. While this is the first book, I actually read The Mace of Souls (Book Two) first, but in truth, this doesn't really matter, since they are only connected through the setting, not through characters or story.

The Shadow of His Wings has a first person narrative, as we hear the story from the lips of Lukan Barra, a simple man fom a small mountain village called Deepwell. His parents died a long time ago, but his brother is still very much alive. The brother is called Vearus, and this tale is dedicated to those two and their love and hate relationship.

Lukan has always felt inferior, and his parents, especially his father, never hid the fact that Vearus was considered their favorite. Vearus worked in the mines, like their father, and Lukan studied at home, doing menial work. When their mother died, Vearus sought to get revenge, but this also made him into a creature of hate and evil. He left for the grand city of Myrcia - Castlecliff. Lukan followed, in fact, throughout the story, Lukan follows in his older brothers footsteps, learning from his mistakes. He finds himself in the Rat House of Browall Keep and an exile of the realm, much like his brother, and even when following the Long Road, Lukan finds himself set on the same path as Vearus, on the road towards Shadow Mountain, the Eyrie and the mystical creature known only as the Eiseiyr.

I will not tell you anything about the ending, except to say that when War threatens Myrcia and Castlecliff, Lukan finds himself searching for answers on Shadow Mountain, where he also teams up wih his brother's old love, the skarrian Featherman, Rui Ravenstone.

This is a great tale that spans over several years. We follow Lukan Barra through an apprenticeship to Gormley the Carpenter, through the battle on Dawn Hill. Its written in the first person, which always add a special feeling to a tale. Lukan develops through the story, as he grows into a man, a man that will not stand... in his brother's Shadow.

Bruce Fergusson is a wonderful worldbuilder, who has created a world that feels real, with plenty of details that adds mood and flavor. If you like this ind of worldbuilding, a tradition that has since been carried on by such masters as Robin Hobb and George R R Marin, you'll love this book and will surely want to pick up the next in the series - the Mace of Souls.

A great read and worthy of a great master!
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Reading Progress

10/12/2008 page 6
2.16%
10/15/2008 page 86
30.94% "An amazing read thus far, reminds me very much of Robin Hobb's writing!"
10/22/2008 page 184
66.19% "Still a great read, and the tale isnearing its completion."
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