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Fantasy Round 52: The Crooked Way

2017/02/12 Leave a comment

This is the sequel to Blood of Ambrose, and much like the first book, it’s a wild ride.  It explores many different applications of the setting’s magic, as well as questions about death and mortality.

I have a few (mostly spoiler-free) thoughts about the tale.

I'm not sure when this part happens in the story. The main dragon-slaying part that I recall involved an elderly dragon who wasn't doing a lot of flying.

I’m not sure when this part happens in the story. The main dragon-slaying part that I recall involved an elderly dragon who wasn’t doing a lot of flying.

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Fantasy Round 51: Blood of Ambrose

2017/01/22 1 comment

Merlin is not the hero.

Blood of Ambrose is the first in a series written by James Enge.  It’s an amusing sword and sorcery tale, which hints at Arthurian legend without being beholden to it.  It concerns the defense of Uther’s kingdom from a usurper trying to steal it away from his descendant, in an alternate fantasy-world.  Merlin’s children are at the forefront.

It’s a fun romp, and worth reading if you don’t want to think too hard about the real world for a little while.

And now, I will think a little too hard about this book.  The biggest spoiler is a bit at the end that doesn’t have a big impact on the main plot.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

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