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I Must Not Be the Target Audience
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021
After reading the first book (which I thought was pretty good) I decided to read this one in order to preview it. I buy my nephew books for Christmas because he has trouble finding things to read. First of all, I won't be buying him this one. And I don't plan to go any further into the series after this. I'm 31 years old, so I'm sure the book is targeted at a much younger audience than me. I'm a bit of an old hand with fantasy books, and some of the names, places, and characters just fall flat to me. There isn't enough new, creative detail to cover up that the Skandians are basically Scandinavians. Morgarath is sort of like Morgoth/Sauron from LOTR. Celtica is like Scotland, or is it Ireland? Maybe both? (I think there was a reference to Hibernia, which would make THAT Ireland.) Apparently young boys aren't expected to study history or look at world maps. In that case Flanagan would be a creative genius. I just know where he's getting many of his ideas and so I can see the wizard behind the curtain. There are too many curse words in it for me to buy it for my 12-year old nephew. And there isn't enough creativity in it for ME to keep reading the series. Not a BAD book, but not really good either...