- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (Feb. 15 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812539257
- ISBN-13: 978-0812539257
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,574,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
War of the Gods Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1999
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"An action-packed fantasy extravaganza."--Science Fiction Chronicle
"One of the field's greatest writers....War of the Gods is one of a number of Anderson's works that will stand the test of time."--Orlando Sun-Sentinel
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"One of the field's greatest writers.... War of the Gods is one of a number of Anderson's works that will stand the test of time." --Orlando Sun-Sentinel
"One of science fiction's most revered writers." --USA Today
"An action-packed fantasy extravaganza." --Science Fiction Chronicle
"Anderson has produced more milestones in contemporary science fiction and fantasy than any one man is entitled to." --Stephen R. DonaldsonSee all Product description
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To give Anderson credit, he seems to be trying to replicate the speech and tone of the sagas themselves, and he includes a wealth of historically-accurate detail about daily life in the viking era. But I found myself skimming big chunks of history and wordy speeches looking for the occasional, brilliant nuggets of suspenseful story-telling.
I would have liked to see more depth in some of the characters; even Hadding himself doesn't really take on dimension until the last third of the book. The last 100 pages are better all around than the beginning, and there's a nice twist at the end.
I picked it up because the book jacket suggested parallels to King Arthur - familiar elements of fosterage, leadership, sacrifice and betrayal give this story added dimension if you're interested in Arthurian stuff.
In trying to make the tale sound like sagas, the author has used a writing style that is somewhat archaic and filled with words and terms not familiar to the average reader, particularly in the first part of the book. Also, Chapter 1 should have been a prologue. Periodically in the tale, people pause to give long poetic speeches. The latter part of the story steps back in time to set the scene with Hadding's daughter, and the timeline becomes somewhat tangled. Giants and gods drift in and out of the story at various points. The novel could have been aided by both a map (for readers unfamiliar with the area) and a glossary defining various words and terms.
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