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Book Title: Lies of Light|
The author of the book: Philip Athans
Edition: Wizards of the Coast
Date of issue: November 3rd 2006
ISBN 13: 9780786940196
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This book really drives home the realization that Forgotten Realms novels have gotten so much more sophisticated than what they were back in the 80's and 90's that it's scary.
This second book in a trilogy is....Jesus, is it perfect? My mind wants to say perfect. But let's just say it's really, really, really, really, really, REALLY good.
There is so very little of the normal, clichéd fantasy tropes here. And even the small spatterings of the traditional fare (the crotchety but affable dwarf character, for instance, or the dragon that thinks so little of mankind) are done so well, with such a masterful hand, that they feel like something new.
The characters are deep, troubled, nuanced, and flawed-like-a-muthafucka. There's no "battling the monster to save the girl." Hell, sometimes the girl IS the monster. There's no "good overcoming evil." As in real life, there is no one truly good, there's a bit of evil in everyone, and motives are deep, dark, personal things. Altruism and stoicism are thrown away. These characters are more real than some actual real people I know.
The action-y parts are written in a no-nonsense style, and they're just to push the plot along to the REAL showcase, which is the squabbling and intriguing and fucking-the-fuck-over that these terrible, wonderful people and creatures do to each other.
I could go on and on typing gushing compliments for this book and series and author and genre, but instead, I'll just hope that someone reads this review, perhaps someone who has never read a Forgotten Realms fantasy novel, perhaps someone who doesn't even WANT to, and that they'll give it a try, and have their mind made love to.
In fact, that shall be the last line of my review:
This series makes love to your mind.
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Read information about the authorPhilip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting, and the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other fantasy and horror books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and Writing Monsters. Born in Rochester, New York he grew up in suburban Chicago, where he published the literary magazine Alternative Fiction & Poetry. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook (https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com), is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans. He makes his home in the foothills of the Washington Cascades, east of Seattle.
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