- Copertina flessibile: 266 pagine
- Editore: AuthorHouse (9 settembre 2013)
- Collana: Four Companions
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1491811382
- ISBN-13: 978-1491811382
- Peso di spedizione: 358 g
The Forging (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 9 set 2013
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Tim Rose is a poet, author and world traveler. Over the last years he has lived and worked in The Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. His most recent project, writing the fantasy novel "The Forging" is the culmination of years of being a fan of fantasy. Tim is currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
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The story is energetic and full of fighting and adventures. Luckily I was not put off by the fighting and violence, as that is something to expect when our four adventurers keep meeting monsters and fantastic creatures of all kind, from goblins, to orcs, dwarves, elves, and magicians of course. As our adventurers progress in their quest I felt drawn to each of them. None are perfect, they each have some strength but also fears and it is their courage and comradery that help them overcome the obstacles.
However what I really loved was the plot as we start to know our heroes better and find them in mysterious, unknown worlds. I would say that the meeting with each monster brings a new story and new depth that brings the story to greater and greater depth (literally), and comes a point where it's no longer possible to put the book down. I was able to spread the reading over a couple of weeks (only allowing myself a set amount of time every other night), but I am afraid to confess that about two third of the way I could not resist and finished the book in just one last night of (very pleasant) reading.
I am now eagerly waiting for the next book in this series because the characters are now well developed, and they have discovered an amazing world that only seem like the beginning of a long and suspenseful journey.
The Forging is the story of Brehana Songsteel, Olan Stronghelm, Kod Hawklight and Smunt the half-orc, who meet under strange - yet oddly fated - circumstances, and begin a journey based on Olan's map. A journey that is sure to become an adventure the likes of which they've never had before...
Tim Rose's first book of the Four Companion series is strongly influenced by Tolkien and Salvatore, and, while it was not mentioned, I did notice a few Elaine Cunningham points here and there (particularly from her Elfsong and Silver Shadows books). I enjoy all of those writers, so the writing style did not faze me in the least - on the contrary, I loved it! The pace was similar to an RPG game, and there were more than enough details to show that the writer did some serious research before he wrote it all down.
What is a good and very stong point of this book was the introduction. It escalated in layers, showing us a little bit of every character just a little while before they all met, and it served as a perfect "hook" to get any reader interested. The characters are all unique, and I don't mean just their race, they all thought and even acted in different ways, while still maintaining their unity as a group. I personally found Smunt to be my favorite of them all - always a sucker for the sarcastic, blunt ones, I'm afraid. There is a little something for everyone in there. Readers will find at least one of the main adventurers to their liking, and that guarantees flipping through the pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. 200+ pages full of adventure, action, humor and fantasy, are sure to bring even the most hardcore readers of the genre on their knees, begging to have a taste!
The only problem in all this, was the fact that it might be hard for those who are not familiar with this writing style and genre to fully enjoy the story. Still, I encourage you to try, as it will leave you with a very sweet aftertaste once you've reached the end of this particular adventure - side by side with the adventurers themselves, what more could you ask for?
***I was given a review copy from a LibraryThing Member Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***
I really wonder where the story's going to go in the up-coming books and can't wait to read them. The characters developed well in this book and I believe I see the beginnings of a general theme coming into view: namely, that (without giving too much away) the various creature groups in this fantasy world, though at odds with each other, can (and have in the past?) come together to great benefit for all if they would break down their divisions, celebrate their diverse skills and virtues leaving behind what is truly evil.
This doesn't happen among the creature groups overall in The Forging, but within our adventurous foursome, a true breaking down of prejudice occurs and a microcosm of true brotherhood takes hold. This isn't to say that the members of our foursome are good by the absolute standard but their eyes are opening and the exciting journey will continue. I can't wait to read more!
The Forging is Tim Rose's debut novel into the fantasy genre. This novel contains the usual elements of dwarves, orcs, orgres, elves, magicians...you get the idea. The writing could be a bit more polished and I did find several type-o's.
Overall the story is quite simple; 4 friends on a quest. There's plenty of adventure and fighting with our protagonist getting their share of bumps and bruises.
I think what sets this story apart from typical fantasy novels is the fact that there are 4 of them working together. No one is stronger or smarter. Each brings his and her own strengths to the group. For a new writer in the field, Mr. Rose did an admirable job of meshing these 4 characters to make a cohesive and daunting adversary. On the flip side I would have liked to see more depth given to the characters, especially Breanna; perhaps have entire chapters devoted to just one character at a time. Mr. Rose does incorporate this concept but very fleetingly when he gives each character their moment of retrospection after a battle.
No Lord of the Rings or Hobbit, but a decent adventure story from someone who is trying his hand in a very hot genre right now.