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  • Mass Market Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (Nov. 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579345
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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As most reviews have mentioned, this book is NOT very original. Since that's out of the way, I must say it was a lot of fun to read. There is a lot of action, the characters are charmingly flawed, if somewhat predictable. I really enjoyed the high drama, and rather silly plot twists...just as someone is about to say, do, or discover something important, they are interrupted by a completely bizarre event. (Action! Swordfights, fires, storms, attacks by evil creatures, translocations--that type of thing.)The lead characters are irritating in many ways, but for some reason, this made me like them! Travis is unbelievably passive, and really upset...about his PAST! Grace is an ice princess, who feels DEEPLY, and can't quite express herself. And, as mentioned in other reviews, Melia is a virtual clone of Polgara this sorceress, even calling people "dear" the way Polgara does. If you can get past these flaws, however, you will find an enjoyable read, with nice touches of humor. It's not a gourmet meal, it's more of a takeout pizza with everything on it. Sometimes, that's just the thing.
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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. There were some very nice dark fantasy elements that gave this a bit of an edge over other fantasy I've read. And I enjoyed Travis's journey (and that of Grace), but I would have liked to read more about Travis and his "pals", not to mention a bit more action. Travis came across as too wimpy throughout the entire novel. Maybe book 2 shows him dealing a little better with his newfound powers. Grace was a very interesting character, but it wasn't very plausible why she considered herself such a loner, such a social outcast. Everyone she met was struck by her incredible beauty. Seriously, how many gorgeous women are social outcasts? All in all, a fun read, and at some point in the near future I'll have to check out the second book.
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By "milton1989" on Sept. 18 2003
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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.... This is a book you'll want to read over and over again, so don't just rent it from the library, BUY IT!!!!
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Well I finished and I'm writing this as a follow-up to the initial review that I had written after reading the first 79 pages. I still think it is pretty derivitave but after awhile you do get sucked into the plot. The initial similarities of the female heroine, Grace, to characters in both Stephen R. Donaldson's and Anne Rice's works faded into the background once Grace leaves the world of the Denver ER and enters Eldh. However, after several chapters another influence became glaringly apparent; Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series which also features a sometimes confusing array of characters and POV. My biggest complaint with this novel is its sketchiness. I also have a few bones to pick.
When Grace and Travis ride off on a spying expedition Grace, who has never ridden or horse, manages to mount a STALLION, no less, with only a 'small degree of difficulty'. She manages this dubious feat while wearing a heavy woolen gown. Anyone who has ever ridden knows that mounting a horse with ease takes practice. Especially in a non-Western saddle. If the stirrups are in proper riding position they are quite high. You mount facing the back of the horse so you have to place your foot into a stirrup which can easily be at your mid-chest level and swing yourself forward and around into the saddle. Most people need a boost or a stool the first few times and even then it isn't easy. Anthony wants us to believe that Grace, by sheer power of a noble demeanor, is able to control not just any horse, a STALLION! There is a reason geldings exist. It is because a stallion can be a very willful and difficult to control animal except under the most skillful and competent hands.
When I was 13 I spent a summer working at a stable where the owner kept a stallion that was used only for stud services.
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I'll start by saying I'm giving this book 3 stars because to be fair, I haven't finished it and I don't want to be too harsh since it isn't a bad book so far. I'm writing a preliminary review now because I was getting frustrated and I figured by writing this while it was fresh in my mind would give an idea of why.
I have read only 79 pages of this book so far and I have already detected at least three blatent rip-offs.
1a. Strange, appocolyptic prophets from another world in modern, real world setting. (Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenent series)
1b. As an added bonus, the description of the leader of these prophets is a pale imitation of a Stephen King type character.
2.Cold and remote yet brilliant female doctor with mysterious past. (Thomas Covenent series AND Anne Rice's Mayfair Witch series)
3. Glimpse into the thoughts of a soon-to-be victim-of-a-horrible-death (very awkward aping of Stephen King's unique style)
4. Mysterious organization which studies strange phenomena. (almost of any of Anne Rice's books which feature the organization whose name has maddeningly escaped me at the moment).
It was when I got to the scene introducing the erudite gentlemen of hard-to-place ethnic origins from the above mentioned organization that I decided to write this initial review. However, I plan to continue reading. The all-to-obvious influences are a bit distracting but for the moment the plot is diverting enough to capture my attention. The writing is skillful if not original. As others have pointed out, many classics have their origins in earlier works. It's too early for me to predict whether this series will be a classic (somehow I doubt it) but so far it is a decent summer read.
Also, I found the name of the bar owned by the main character a bit revealing, particularly in light of the reviews of the next two books in the series. The bar is called, The Mine Shaft. HAR HAR HAR!
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