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Renshai Chronicles #1 Beyond Ragnarock Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reissue edition (July 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886777011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886777012
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,416,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Terrific traditional epic fantasy sure to appeal to the fans of David Gemmell * Reissued simultaneously with the mass market paperback of the latest Renshai novel PRINCE OF DEMONS. * Each volume in this series was sold to BCA asa Main Selection for Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. * 'I enjoyed Mickey Zucher Reichert's THE WESTERN WIZARD for her engaging characters and her e --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I made this my summer book a couple years ago, i think i was 13 or 14. I had picked it up at chapters one day when my dad had taken me on a big book-spree (yes, im insanely in love with books) anyway, on our way out i spotted it in a bargain box and i instantly had to have it. Even though it was a beautiful hardcover, I got it for little more than 6 bucks. I bought it straight away. i started reading it that night and was done about 2 weeks later. The characters are amazingly real to me, and the setting was so well thought out that i was actually convinced a few times that it was real! i really loved that book, and have read it once more after that summer. If you like fantasy novels, I really do suggest this one because it has everything you could ever ask for; romance, fighting, quests, arguments, elves, humans, knights, princesses, kings, deception etc. etc. I could go on, but im not going to take up your time since your going to buy the book now instead of listening to me ramble on about how AWESOME it was **winks** go, buy, now!
~Rav
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This trilogy holds itself against the original. The author builds on the characters she created in the first trilogy and takes them to levels of conflict that she could not have set up otherwise.
Good and evil? Let's try shades of both...her characters this time are young...full of life and of themselves. They learn about violence, love, and the true evil that normal men of power can accomplish...on top of that, they are forced to deal with a supernatural evil of unprecedented levels.
The badguy in this book will have you wanting to jump into the story, grab a sword, and take his head (sorry, reference to another good fantasy tale ;-) ).
Don't start with this book and its trilogy...start with "Last of the Renshai."
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Overall this was a great book. It is full of deception and heroism. Some of the characters seem to act irrational sometimes, but this is how it would work in real life. The plot is defined and developed, and the characters have strong values which they usually stick. I also enjoyed it because I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. This book is definately a good read, but I would not put it in my top five.
(This book was great, don't get me wrong, but after this book definately read the Iron Tower Trilogy {The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom, and The Darkest Day} by Dennis L. McKiernan. Especially if you liked LOR.)
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By A Customer on July 6 1999
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Starting strong, *Beyond Ragnarok* holds great promise at the beginning, the seeds of an epic tale sown in the excitement and terror in the prologue. However, the work continues on to become a sloppy mess, brightened only by the powerful images of the characters and the cool concept of Law vs. Chaos. The pace is definitely too slow, and the language has a flowery, showy feel, as if Reichert is trying to impress her readers. Well, it doesn't work, because the formality of the words adds to the tedium of the plot, which splits off in a dozen directions and meanders away to pointless storytelling.
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This book was almost the destruction of my 2nd quarter grades, since with it and the sequal I didn't really accomplish _any_ schoolwork for at least a week. I haven't been so engrossed since "Wizard's First Rule," and in my opinion these characters are more real, dear, and ultimately heroic than Goodkind's. Though I feel Matrinka's backbone was made of wet noodle, the other strong characterizations in the book more than made up for it (especially Kevral and Tae). I have no doubt that I shall read this book again, and I anxiously await the paperback of number three.
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By A Customer on March 2 1999
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This book was great! But i was a little disapointed when Mitrian of Mar Lon (or the "old" characters) weren't in this book. But i realize it's necessary. It bothers me that they didn't tell about what happened to them in this book. I like the new charecters though. And the elves are funny! But another thing that REALLY annoyed me was that Reichert repeats herself over and over again. Like how every time Baltriane passes the paintings on the walls she always mentions that he takes no notice of the beautiful paintings or that it ceases to amaze him.
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We all know how hard it is for contemporary authors to create epic tales that are not copies of the classic greats, ie. Tolkien. Mickey Zucker Reichert has done this and done it in fine style. Based on the greatest of Norse legends, this tale of politics, religious loyalties, and the never-ending cycles of life will suck you in, fill you up, and spit you out with a renewed appreciation for fine authors like Mr. Reichert. Definitely a weekend read of non-stop entertainment every inch the equal of the first series--with a twist. Enjoy!
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By A Customer on March 1 1998
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Just to make this clear, Mickey Zucher Reichert is a she :) Beyond Ragnarok is very good in that it fills you with magic beyond comprehension (yet fun to read about) and elvish descriptions. This book is not as good as the Renshai Trilogy but if you read these you better read the follow-up because they are still a page turner. Not as much hack and slash but it fills this gap with magic foreign monsters and a daring Renshai named: Kevral. (almost resembles Harval) =)
Great book read it even if you never have read the originals.
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