Clawcoof's Reviews > The Shadow of the Gauntlet
The Shadow of the Gauntlet
Jun 04, 2013
If you're looking for a book to get lost in this summer, I highly recommend The Shadow of the Gauntlet. The world of Mages sucks you in from the very beginning, and before you know it you're 100 pages in and read through dinner time. As a main character, Thomas Scargen is a great guide through this new and uncharted world, since much of the reader's discovery is his own. The story takes on many points of view - from Thomas to a dragon to two troll henchmen to the commander of the evil forces - giving insight and back story into every character (their lives and personal family histories) lending an interesting perspective that many novels lack. Every character has layers of good and bad which allow the reader to not only understand the "bad guys" but empathize with them at times. It goes beyond a typical fantasy story, causing the reader to think deeper about morals and what really is good and evil. Caracciolo's imagination is something to marvel at as you travel the world with Thomas and his motley, magical and mythical crew.
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