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The world is weird, but it doesn't really seem to be broken. Some of the numbers just don't seem to work.
Possible spoilers. For instance, how do the orcs, er, Bent raise a horde every 9-10 years? They don't farm, herd, hunt, or gather. Their sole source of food seems to be raiding, which, often as not, goes badly for them. But they still launch a horde at the civilized lands every 9-10 years. Other mysteries include the anatomies of Giants and Dragons which can't possibly work, a continent, with a culture, where there was once open sea. and fossils older than the world. "It's magick (or mantics)" isn't a good enough answer for our hero, Druadaen, Predictably, looking for answers takes him into dangerous places and situations. But there are people who object to him asking the questions at all.
Finally an intelligent hero, with intelligent band of brothers to support him. Druadaen isn’t on a quest, he’s following questions. He doesn’t bungle his way thru his adventures, he’s thoughtful, earnest and honest. He has questions about the world and pursues the answers. When’s the next book coming out?
A great fantasy adventure with elements of the familiar as well as the innovative in high fantasy overlaying a mystery within the world itself. Good characters and a lively pace make every page a joy to read.
I had the opportunity to read this book early and WOW! I've read a lot of SF and Fantasy stories over the years and how this author builds his world reminds me of an earlier author, M. A. R. Barker, PhD. Barker created Tekumel and the RPG game Empire of the Petal Throne. In his book, Dr. Gannon creates as complex a world. There are hurdles, assignments, and trials along with the weaving of plausible, to this world, reasons why certain things work or act in the way they do. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this 'series'.
Druadaen was orphaned at 9 and raised in an archive. Working as an outrider in the Concentium of Dunarra, he starts finding that parts of This Broken World (hard from Baen) don’t make sense. Charles E. Gannon has a fun tale of Druadaen’s quests he tales along with a few soldier-of-fortune types including a magician. The Bent come out in hordes from their deep caverns every decade despite lack of enough food. Then there are the giants who are too big to even move, The dragons who fly with relatively small wings, and even a continent that appeared suddenly withing the historic record. I really enjoyed this tale of exploration and can’t wait for the sequel that may provide the answers to the questions.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
I finished reading this book over the holiday weekend (Thanksgiving 2021), and enjoyed the reading.
I am wondering where this story is headed. It is not your typical fantasy novel.
While there are conventional elements, a young lad comes of age and sets out to seek his fortune (or answers to his questions), the hero's journey does not have a discernible target. We know the direction of his next journey But what he will find is elusive.
This book was so good!!! Cant wait for book 2!!!! Mr Gannon has outdone himself with this new book series. Amazing writing and great characters on a quest for the truth. Great adventure book and it has Giants and Dragons!!! Hope you all check it out and discover the first book in a brand new series from a terrific fantasy author!!!