Five Stars Isn't Enough For This Fantasy Epic!
THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY Five Star Publishing ISBN 1-59414-451-6 Hard Cover-445 Pages-released date April 5, 2006 I would give this one ten stars on all points, but five is the highest rank, so it gets all fives from me. Here's why. On the one hand, this is more of an action/adventure tale than a true fantasy but I LOVED the myriad of characters and the Tom Clancy style of POV changes that all lead up to a very satisfying ending. For a first time novelist, this author promises a lot and delivers a lot. No wonder this book just got a coveted STARRED review in Publishers Weekly. And for those of you not familiar with PW, a starred review is the Holy Grail for new authors in any genre. More: Chock-full of colorful historical detail, this book is for fantasy readers who want more than mere monsters and magic to whet their imagination. Romance readers, too, will find plenty of the 'spice' they seek, as will the myriad of action/adventure readers looking for a cast of characters in the Conan vein. Even if you're not a fantasy fan, you'll still enjoy this book. So will the romance readers. The female co-main character was my favorite. She is a hoot, to say the least. Lord of the Rings fans will find enough of the magical elements to keep them satisfied, too. As a medievalist, I found the wealth of historical detail very entertaining, even if the author did stretch the bounds of reality in a few places. All in all, well worth the price. The hard cover version comes out in April. I would recommend you ask for it at your local library or bookstore asap. Nancy M. San Antonio, TX
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