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Etchings of Power by Terry C. Simpson
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, indie-authors
Read from January 03 to 09, 2012

Etchings of Power by Terry C Simpson is a slick piece of work by any measure, from its editing and formatting, through its natty use of graphic illustration, to the sheer detail and vivid life that powers the storytelling.

The book ends with a bang – and then some – and topped off with such a startling revelation, Simpson clearly isn’t messing about. Either he has bluffed his way into a fall or he has some serious confidence in the story-telling arsenal he has yet to field.

At 152,600 words, it is a big book – and it is but the first in the author’s Aegis of the Gods series, so there’s plenty more to come – but for all that, it never feels as if it’s been padded out.

Well, it is epic fantasy so you want it to be of epic proportions – and not just in terms of the novel’s girth. On that score, Simpson doesn’t disappoint. The landscape is suitably vast, not a theatre set but an entire world, peopled with rich and varied cultures, steeped in politics and history that is never thrown in for the sake of it.

At the heart of the story is one Ryne Waldron. At seven feet tall he is almost literally a larger than life character, but he never feels less than human, albeit troubled with powers almost too much for his control. The man’s history is a terrible and bloodthirsty one; he is as good as a legend in his own lifetime for the dreadful reputation he has forged in blood on the battlefield, but it is a past he is ashamed of and wants to put behind him.

Unfortunately, events in Denestia and Ostania, will leave him little choice but to pull on his armour and live up to his bloody reputation once more.

All in all, Simpson has created a vivid and rich world, with a suitably subtle and sophisticated cast of characters, caught up in a fantastic story of intrigue and high-octane action. So catch your breath, there’s more to come.

To read a fuller version of this review, visit my blog The Word On The Wall
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