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The Long Way Home by P.D. Blake
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it was amazing

Stumbled across this and its two sequels for free and was pleasantly surprised. Some rough spots that would have been helped by an editor (biggest thing I remember is there was an emerald that would be described periodically as red). Basically a fantasy tale with a motley group of characters on an adventure and ultimately a quest, mostly centering around a boy (Alwin) who's managed to saddle himself with the soul of a very angry dwarf named Thorgrim Ironarm, who occasionally takes over and beats the bejeezus out of everything in his way with his golden axe (very handy when you're accosted by goblins and other nasties).

It's a pretty well conceived and executed story and really keeps all the threads pretty well together, considering they seem to travel all over the known world and tie the diverse group together in the end. I've seen better known authors pad stories to the point of inanity (GoT, anyone?), but that's not a problem here. At three books, this had little that was superfluous and didn't drag out unnecessarily. There are a lot of subplots and they all seem wrapped up at the end. Like the characters in the story, you're glad to see things resolved, but a little sad to part ways.

It's a recognizable genre, yet fairly original. Have tried some of Blake's other titles (totally different, save for the element of magick) and was pleased to find them equally enjoyable. Living largely on freebie eBooks, this is indeed a rarity.

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February 27, 2014 – Shelved

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