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The Far Kingdoms (Cosmos) [Mass Market Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was an avid fantasy reader, focusing mostly on Dragonlance, when I recieved this book as a gift.
I put off reading it for a long time, and that was a mistake. This is one of the better Fantasy books I've ever read, and in fact I've read it 3 times.
I really can't explain the negative comments read here. This book was great. The culture, the characters, the world had enough depth to launch dozens of books. The characters are really the best part, they're very realistic and they're very multi-dimensional. Not a soul remains unchanged throughout the book.
On my list of Fantasy books I rank this up at the top along with Tolkein, Dave Duncan's Seventh Sword Trilogy, and Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me coming back for more. Jan. 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great book. I picked it up for 50 cents at a used book sale, and while I did put it down from time to time (school and all) overall it was excellent. Creative, well-written, and it has a good blend of humor that many fantasy novels seem to lack. It's a good book to just sit down and read, rather than ponder. My kudos to the authors.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book gets quickly to the plot and sticks to it. A young man must go on a journey to discover a trade route so he picks to try to discover the far kingdoms. He has a few problems along the way and if he gets there (which you will have to find out for yourself)he might haave a disaster and a love to get him thruogh it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly just nonsense Aug. 4 2002
By not4prophet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Far Kingdoms" is one of the most pretentious fantasy novels that I've ever read, by which I mean that the authors apparently think that they've written something that's deep and meaningful and will have a big effect on the lives of their readers. In reality, this novel is completely forgettable. The plot deals with Amalric Antero, a spoiled rich kid who becomes a spoiled rich adult and joins with a soldier, Janos Greycloak, in several voyages. They hope to find the legendary Far Kingdoms, a land of wealth and happiness that supposedly lies a long distance to the East. Antero is one of the least likeable characters that I've ever seen in a fantasy novel. His men die, and he has no emotional reaction at all. His wife and child die, and he only mourns for a couple hours before taking off on another trip. He seems to drift through the book without caring about what he's doing or what happens to other people. In the end, I found that I didn't care whether or not Antero and Janos ever reached The Far Kingdoms.
In addition, it seems that not much thought was put into the plotting and writing of this novel. The pace is very uneven. Sometimes the authors dwell for pages on minute details, while other times they skip over months of action in just a few sentences. The first fifty pages are totally irrelevant to the rest of the book; I think that they were written just to include some rather insipid sexual content. After that, the plot falls into and endlessly repeating pattern. The main characters travel somewhere, get into a desperate situation, get rescued miraculously, travel somewhere else, get into another desperate situation, get rescued again, etc... Many of the scenes border on the absurd, such as an encounter with apparently intelligent tigers and monkeys in the middle of the desert, and by the time that a thirty-foot-long ghost ferret showed up to eat the bad guys, I was ready to throw this book into the garbage can. In short, don't waste your time with this pile of nonsense. If you want a short fantasy novel that's both creative and well-written, try "The High House", by James Stoddard.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly great adventure... Nov. 25 2004
By maslinkata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mother offered to me this book and my first impression when I read the back cover was not so good. Then I started reading it and it just grabbed me. It is a really interesting story. People who like fictional tales would enjoy this one. I practically fell in love with some of the characters especially Amalric. If you start reading it you cant stop till you reach the very end. Then you hate the writer for not making it a little bit longer. Well there is a siquel the story of Amalric`s sister but I havent read that one because when I finished the book I could not look at another one.. I couldn`t start a different story it felt as if I would be starting a new relationship all over again.

In my opinion you should defently read this one..it will take you far far away..
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars Dec 30 2013
By WillyB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Classic fantasy type and we'll written. A surprise at every turn and unexpected. I give five stars for the book
5.0 out of 5 stars :) Dec 14 2012
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this in paperback over a decade ago, and love it! A simply written story that takes you all over, I definately suggest this book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 29 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was an avid fantasy reader, focusing mostly on Dragonlance, when I recieved this book as a gift.
I put off reading it for a long time, and that was a mistake. This is one of the better Fantasy books I've ever read, and in fact I've read it 3 times.
I really can't explain the negative comments read here. This book was great. The culture, the characters, the world had enough depth to launch dozens of books. The characters are really the best part, they're very realistic and they're very multi-dimensional. Not a soul remains unchanged throughout the book.
On my list of Fantasy books I rank this up at the top along with Tolkein, Dave Duncan's Seventh Sword Trilogy, and Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance books.
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