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This was my choice for reading during two weeks at the beach. It proved to be perfect beach reading for me -- dark fantasy with a gripping plot, but not overly complex.
I had bought the first two novellas in the series but then decided to spring for the omnibus since I knew by that point I wanted to finish. The core of the story is the main character's resistance to fulfilling his legacy. Yes, that's been done before, but here it seems fresh, in part because Collins doesn't weigh down his tale with endless backstory or too many characters to keep track of. This omnibus edition is 700 pages, so there's plenty of satisfying dark fantasy here, and secondary plot lines do develop, yet "Saga of the Go-Touched Mage" never drags, and always entertains.
A satisfying and substantial epic that still is quite tight. That's a tough balancing act, and Collins achieved it.
Kindle is the third platform on which I've purchased Mr. Collins's epic fantasy. It's a real page-turner. The protagonist Garrick is a young mage's apprentice who makes the proverbial deal with the Devil—or in this case, a god-like planeswalker. The quick path to power comes with hidden costs. Garrick's personal path is intriguing. He goes from downtrodden whelp to lifesaver to ... let's just say, things get interesting to there. He's a complicated protagonist and his arc is well worth exploring.
This is Mr. Collins's finest work to date. Take the dive and you just might discover a new favorite author.
I really enjoyed this collection of books. I don't recall any low points. Some Authors fill pages with repeated text. This one did not. So I kept reading and it was worth. I was bummed to get to the end.
The pace never slowed through the whole book. The imaginative concepts of "All of Creation" and gates between worlds, and the fallibility of the planeswalkers those godlike beings shows the authors gigantic imagination.