Tuesday, December 30, 2008

#51 - King of the Dead

King of the Dead is R.A. Macavoy's second book in the Lens of the World Trilogy and continues the tale of Nazhuret, the wandering optician. While many fantasy books, and I've read hundreds, prefer action and fights and cliche aplenty Macavoy has gone a completely different direction and focuses her considerable writing skill on depth and culture and characters. Not in the Tolkien way of boring the reader to tears but by drawing you in ever further into a world and a character's mind that is slightly absurd but still one of the most believable and rewarding characters ever put on paper. Make no mistake, though, this book does suffer the fate of all sequels in that it runs a bit flat so that it can introduce some plot and gear up for a finale. Even still, easily one of the best series I've ever read and Highly Recommended.

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