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The Last Ringbearer by Kirill Yeskov
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Jul 15, 2011

it was ok
Read from July 15 to 19, 2011

Yeah, definitely not all it could've been. The concept was intriguing, but the long middle portion detailing the Gondorian spy's adventures in Umbar could've easily been tied to the main plot a lot more. Stylistically it was a bit of a mish-mash, with lots of odd real-world digressions and misprecisions of language (ex: A character is described in-text as having a "Nordic" complexion, even though nobody in Middle Earth would use that adjective, or even know what it means, since there are no "Nordic" countries.) that belie the book's fanfic origins. The newer English translation that I read is apparently better than the original 1999 one, but I can't imagine it's by much. At least it was free. C-
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07/15/2011 page 332
100% "Not as stylistically good as I had hoped, but interesting to an extent. More of a spy novel than a true fantasy tale, but worth a quick read."

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