Travis, a bespectacled barkeep from Castle City, Colorado, and Grace, a regally beautiful ER doctor from Denver Memorial, wormhole their way through a magical billboard into... a Robert Jordan novel. Well, sort of. Sure, in Beyond the Pale, it's a chilling winter--not a sweltering summer--that's gripping the land. And the seals (little stone disks, no less) are weakening on the prison of the Pale King, not the Dark One. But, surprise--Travis finds that he's the first man in centuries to successfully wield the One Power... er, runes, that is... and is the sole hope of keeping the Pale King at bay.
Beyond the Pale isn't entirely derivative of Jordan's wildly popular Wheel of Time series: if nothing else, Anthony sets himself apart by having things actually happen in his book. Travis and his fellow earthling Grace end up in Eldh after surviving run-ins with the Pale King's servants on Earth. Grace, mistaken for a fairy queen, is quickly shanghaied as a spy for King Boreas, who has just convened a council of Eldh's rulers. After a series of adventures, Travis joins Grace, and the two must tangle with the mysterious Raven's Cult and a bunch of iron-hearted bad guys who are trying to derail the Council of Kings and hasten the PK's return. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Launching a new fantasy series, Anthony, an erstwhile Forgotten Realms author (Curse of the Shadowmage, etc.), makes use of the classic premise of humans from our mundane world transported to a fantasy milieu; in this case, the travelers are two Coloradans, bartender Travis Wilder and ER physician Grace Beckett. The pair are not wholly surprised at their journey, as the world of Eldh has made several bloody visitations to Colorado already, but the reality of Eldh, full of political intrigues, is still terrifying, despite the protagonists' ability to work magic there. Anthony's pacing is spotty, frequently slow?there is just not enough matter here to justify the sheer mass of words. His characterizations are also uneven, sometimes exceedingly original and moving, other times relying on simplistic fantasy archetypes. He lays down exceptionally exciting action scenes, however, particularly those set in Colorado, as when Travis must escape an onslaught of fierce creatures from Eldh. This novel is only a so-so series kickoff, but if Anthony pumps up the pace and writes to his strengths in future volumes, the series could gain many a fan. Agent, Shawna McCarthy (Danny Baror for foreign rights).
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I definitely enjoyed reading this, and once I started I was hooked. HOWEVER, this was a relatively looonnnngggg book that could have easily been trimmed by 100 or so pages. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by J. Resnick
If your into wizards, magic etc... this is the book for you. Marc Anthony is the best author I have ever read, since JK Rowling, of course.... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by "milton1989"
I picked this book up at the library and I must admit that I am very pleased that I did not pay for it. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Alistair
The Last Rune Series is beyond a doubt the most compelling, well-written series to come along in many moons. Read morePublished on March 17 2003 by Dave Moore
This is a quality book. I picked it up thinking it was just another real life character to fantasy world book, which have generally been disapointing. Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by William
It was on chapter 13 before I decided I was going to read the whole book. During the first part of the book I kept falling asleep. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Moongirl2001
I'll admit that I was suckered into reading this book because of the cover (and such a gorgeous cover it is!). Read morePublished on March 10 2002
When I first started to read this novel I could not belive it was called fantasy. It was our world with a few strange happenings. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by Nika Suli