City of Towers: The Dreaming Dark, Book 1 Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2005
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At no time in the novel did I empathize with the protagonist(s), or feel able to relate to them in any way. I thought their actions in the story to be contradictory at times, and outright silly (badly so) at others. Their actions, and reactions were bland, and forced.
This book is a good way to familiarize yourself with the Eberron world, as it is a fascinating place created by the author himself (kudos there!)... but, unfortunately, its not good for much more than that.
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There was one minor irritant. I assume the book was edited, but if it was, there were a great deal of spelling and grammar errors. Whoever did edit it did not do a thorough job. I found them every five or six pages. It was not a huge deal, but it disrupted my reading.
The author seems to assume that readers wll have a passing familiarity before they pick up the book.
There is a glossary and some history of the world, however it is in the back of the book, and I didn't even notice it until I had already finished reading it.
Characters in this novel are a bit, shall we say, flat. They aren't unlikable, they aren't likable, they are just there. Not a whole lot to them at this point.
The story itself is good and once you have a grasp on the world and the rules of Eberron, it flows well.
It's worth reading and for myself, I will be really looking forward to Baker's second effort.
I truly had a hard time putting this book down, and immediately knew I was going to HAVE to finish the series once I got about 1/2 through it. I genuinely recommend it to any readers, especially to those who may not like the idea of mixing fantasy and pseudo-science (artifice, as it may be more appropriately called in Ebberon). I am a bit a purist, and really prefer fantasy without tech, and though I was wary of the setting, I really had fun, wanted to learn more about the realm AND even the artifice & magics... Four and a half stars!
There are a number of things that distinguish this world from others of the fantasy genre. A number of things that could be positive in books to come. Things such as; warforged, dragon marks, air ships, etc. I won't go into detail here, but they are rather intesting. I think there may be some good things to come for Ebberon.
Now, on to the novel. The City of Towers is basically an introduction tot h world for readers, and as such it needs to give the reader a great deal of background information. This detracts (at times) from the flow of the novel as the author is forced to explain things to us instead of assuming we already have been exposed to it.
The overall plot and story is so-so. Now I say that with some hesitation as it's the first book of a trilogy so the story may progress more in the next book. There are some interesting characters that could make the next two books in the trilogy enjoyable to read, but at times they seem like card-board cut out and just go through the motions. I wasn't impressed with Baker's descriptions of action scenes at all.
While this book won't rank as one of my favorites it's a good introduction to the world of Ebberon and this trilogy should be watched for future novels and see if Baker can get any better.