torsdag 9. juli 2009
On The Wizard Hunters.
The first book of a trilogy; something of a curiosity since the two other books I have read by her has been standalone books. Set in two worlds (oh so 90s fantasy), one somewhat like the UK during one of the world wars, the other more medieval with the typical fantasy concepts of mad sorcerers vs brave villagers. Both worlds share a common enemy, and people from the two worlds ends up meeting and having to work out their differences to whack the common foe. So yeah, it's fantasy by the core rules.
The previous Wells books I have read have been fun, mostly due to the characters. It's the same here. Took like 3 pages before I started warming to the main protagonist, a playwright with a shady father, who is depressed by a lot of things, and when the world is getting torn apart by evil other guys too, she starts off being not exactly the common "nobody turning hero", though of course she follows the usual self discovery journey. The other characters are the same, it's not rocketsurgery (nor is it -30 dkp) changes, but it works, and they feel humane in a neutral tone, compared to the maniacs of say Abercrombie that also feels humane in some way, but oh so dark. It's just interesting to see how they change and how their relationships change in the backdrop of all the fantasy themes.
The setting, the fantasy mechanics and so on is slightly dissapointing. Neither City of Bones nor Death of the Necromancer had incredible backdrops to the characters, but it still was as much depth one can get out of a single book. The setting(s) is just plain boring in my opinion here, the magic is just.. oh so normal magic (and thus doesnt feel magical to me at all) and while the magical items (like the orb the main protagonist inherited) is what I want such items to be like, it's not handled in a way that makes it as interesting as it could be. But on the other hand you don't have to choke on a lot of useless details that does nothing (Instrumentalites of the Night comes to mind here), that removes the whole character focus, which is nice, but still, it would be nice to have some details or how the setting is handled that makes one say "wow, thats cool".
But considering my normal dislike of book 1 in trilogies (I hated Fellowship of the Ring, I think it took like 4 tries before I finished LOTR for example), it could have been far worse, really. I have the next two books and plan on reading them next aswell.
Thought Provoking: 2/10.