Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Magician's Gambit

Magician's Gambit
Magician's Gambit by David Eddings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although I'm enjoying this series, I just can't motivate a 4 star rating. It somehow feels like "lightweight" fantasy. Still enjoyable though.

I'll hold back on writing more in-depth reviews for each of the books until I've finished the series. There isn't much to say right now, and I'll stand the risk of repeating myself in each review.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Queen of Sorcery

Queen of Sorcery
Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As with most 2nd books there was no grand finale that left me in awe, so I won’t judge the book in terms of grand endings. Overall it's still an easy read with a simple yet enjoyable mix of mystery and prophecy with heroic character development.

I'm certainly enjoying this as a gap-filler while waiting on Mr Brandon Sanderson and Mr Patrick Rothfuss, but I don't necessarily equate and judge this book with modern fantasy. The genre is so saturated now, that it's very unfair to compare some of the early fantasy writing with the modern material. Everything has been done, all ideas have been explored and world building has become complex and rich. Readers are not satisfied with unexplained magic and mystery, but are constantly looking for rich mechanics and detailed, in-depth exploration of the why and the how.

While reading this I have to constantly remind myself to just sit back, relax and enjoy an easy read in the genre that I so love.

Mr Eddings is a good story teller, and sometimes that is all I need. An easy 3 stars.

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