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Carnivores of Light and Darkness (Journeys of the Catechist #1)

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Part I of a major new fantasy trilogy.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Aspect (first published 1998)
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May 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is an archetype of the Bad Fantasy Novel. It involves:

1. A clear quest in the first chapter.

2. A dull hero who will fulfill that quest without actually thinking about it or having a good reason. They will do it because they’re just so full of virtue. They will have no real background or character besides this unwavering virtue. And this will be virtue, not pigheadedness. And it will never bite them in the butt. Butt-biting would add too much interest to the story.

3. A long journey fill
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, series, 2011
I picked up this book from the library in early August because I remembered reading it when I was eleven or twelve (around the age I was devouring the Dragonlance books as if they would disappear) and loving it to pieces. Now, over ten years later, I find myself rather...disappointed.

The first thing that annoyed me about this book was the language Foster uses. I kept getting thrown out of the store when I came across these large and/or obscure words that I didn't know the definition to. I guess
Michael Hall
This was a strange reading experience. First, the main character was far too perfect -- no one is that altruistic or humble! He has an almost childlike naivete about the world yet accomplishes everything in a manner that should only come to those with many long years of experience. Maybe he is more than he seems? His travelling companion is certainly convinced that there is more than meets the eye about him, believing him to be a powerful sorcerer seeking a secret treasure. Secondly, the encount ...more
Ms. Kelly
I read this book YEARS ago, but I remembered it very fondly. I would like to re-read it with an adult lens.

I remember vividly being initially attracted to the story because it was fantasy with a black main character, and that was SO important to me as a young blerd before there was a word for being a blerd.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Etjole Ehomba was a herder of sheep, until the day a man from another land died in his arms with the charge to continue his mission. Bound by honor to fulfill the man's last request, Etjole sets off for a land he doesn't know to rescue a woman he's never met. But in the midst of lands wild and strange, a simple herdsman can go surprisingly far...

This is a story in the best tradition of the heroic, with nods to fantasy and folklore and overall drenched in strangeness. Etjole is a humble man, a si
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
The hero of this adventure fantasy is a simple, humble, african (well African-like)sheepherder. He has incredible magical ability, but a zen-like attitude towards understanding his ability. I love his calm, positive, go-with-the-flow nature.

From the Publishers Weekly Review:

Etjole Ehombe is a warrior of the desert-dwelling Naumkib and a man of honor. When a dying foreigner charges him with saving the Visioness Themaryl, kidnaped by an evil sorcerer called Hymneth the Possessed, Ehombe reluctantl
Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in the summer of 2000 just before beginning high school. I read this book on the internet on the short-lived ''. It was a website with an idea to post books on the internet for the world to read (for free) and had hoped to round out the business model with ads etc. Sadly it didn't last long but at least I found this book on their main page and I'm glad I did.

I've read hundreds of books in my childhood and yet I was intrigued by this series like few others. I grew excep
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
I remember spotting this on the shelf of new books at the library when it came out. I had given up on Foster a few years before, thinking at the time that the quality of his writing had begun to degrade. Still, I thought I'd give his new series a try.

It didn't really impress me. Some of the ideas were interesting, and I'll admit that the book hooked me enough that I wanted to know how the series ended, but it was hard to struggle through parts of it. The most irritating thing for me was that Fos
Yvonne Boag
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Imagine that a man dying washes up on your beach. He has just enough strength left to beg you to continue his quest. A woman has been stolen from his country whose well being is important to all and taken all the way around the world. He begs you to rescue her and return her to her people. You are a simple herder of cattle and sheep and never leave your village. What do you do? In the case of Etjole Ehomba he agrees to travel half way around the world to rescue the girl that is of course after h ...more
Mary Ann
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a struggle for me to decide whether to put this into fantasy or science fiction. I had forgotten over the years how much I really enjoyed Mr. Foster's writing. I've had this book for years and am delighted that I finally picked it up for reading. Thankfully I also have the sequel to this story. Besides his story telling abilities I especially enjoy the new words (for me) that are sprinkled throughout his story. The main character is a fantastic role model and one of integrity. His underst ...more
I don't read much of this type of book - sort of science fiction/fantasy. I enjoyed this trilogy, though don't think it'll be particularly memorable. I found the author's universe compelling and interesting and the characters cheesy, but not overly so. There were a few moments where the author's morality picture sort of overwhelmed the story (e.g., a dig at TV and its ability to inculcate too much GroupThink), but mostly the story flowed along nicely. I don't think the second two books would sta ...more
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, dreamers, optimists
I love this series. The storyline contains so many basic fantasy archetypes, but every single one of them executed in a new, fresh way. It's difficult to guess what will happen next, how the heroes will get through each of the barriers set in their way. The characters are vibrant, the descriptions keen and detailed. There are also little surprises, tiny plot points from early in the story that are brought back later to great effect. It's The Odyssey turned on its head, twisted into a much differ ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent entry to the series. I have to read the second volume. Foster has created a superb character in Etjole Ehomba. He is a not-wizard, not-warrior given a task. He is "a simple herder of sheep" who manages to solve problems as they present.
The story is flawed by an undercurrent of deus ex machina, but I still want to see Etjole explore the world.
There is a bit of Candide to the story, but that is hardly a bad thing.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an unusual book. Etjole Ehomba is a simple, but very wise herdsman. He acquires a duty from a dying man. This is his journey north where he meets many people and animals. Helping those he can, recognizing those he can't. Along the way his humble wisdom is displayed. This is the first book in a a triology.
James Willey
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
A "simple heardsman" is compelled to go questing to save a damsel in distress. Thus he encounters numerous silly fantasy adventures and catastropies all easily overcome. At midjourny, and books end, I had no desire to read the continuation. I'm sure there is some profound satire or message that I'm missing.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Still re-reading some of my fav series:
Wow what an imagination this author has! Learn about honor and integrity from Etjole Ehomba, the main character in this series. Sometimes cold or odd, often magical... jouney with him and his companions through a world that may sometimes seem familiar... but mostly not.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I was in the mood for something different and stumbled upon this book. Not very well versed in the genre but found it very enjoyable. Good action and character development - good vs. evil, themes of corruption, integrity and naturally a sword with magical powers. Looks like I will need to read the other two books in the trilogy to find out what happens.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
An intriguing story of myth and fantasy remiscent of the wonderful, moralistic tales and fables of Rudyard Kipling.The continual string of adventures and consistent high values of the main protagonist were woven together into a remarkable sequence of events.
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long story with interesting interludes, but in the end, the story is just beginning...
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The beginning of a journey such as the Odyssey or the Iliad, but with a "simple shepherd", a swordsman, and a lion-cheetah cross bound together through unknown lands to an uncertain future.
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it
A pretty good escapist fantasy sci-fi novel.
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Way out for Foster. But absolutely engaging. The eater of darkness is a fascinating story.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love the many unique aspects of this book. The viewpoint of the war of ants, the tiny creatures in the desert, and the ponds that float in the air.
judy k colthar
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book and entertaining characters. Super plot and storyline. Alan Dean Foster definitely knows how to spin an interesting tale.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this years ago, then tried to find the series again but could never find all three.
Still an interesting read.
Sep 26, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: everyone
9 out of 10 : fresh story idea
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hero is too perfect but the story is entertaining.
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