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The author of the book: Richard Parks
Edition: Five Star (ME)
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781594147043
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 897 KB
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A nicely written fantasy with a standard backdrop of circa-medieval kingdoms, a beautiful princess, a heroic prince, an evil wizard, and an imminent power struggle over succession to the throne. The twist on the familiar themes turns on the various characters themselves, especially Tymon the Black, whose reputation as the world's most evil wizard is more calculation than fact. Tymon has been gifted/cursed with The Long Look: the ability to see into the future and the burden of averting great future evils by committing smaller evils in the here and now. The book thoughtfully explores the shades of grey between the heroic blacks and whites, not only for Tymon but for the other main characters as well.
I appreciated the approach, and the characters were sympathetic and well sketched out, but the book at times felt more like an exploration into the ethics of its characters than their emotional dilemmas. A bit more angst could have gone a long way.
Still, a good read with characters I liked, and a pleasant, if understated, sense of humor throughout.
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Read information about the authorI write mostly fantasy, both short stories and novels. My third short story collection, On the Banks of the River of Heaven was published in November, 2010. My second novella with PS Publishing, The Heavenly Fox, was released in early 2011. I've been a finalist for both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature.
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