Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Fire King (review), C.S. Marks


The Fire King (Alterra Histories, #1)


Alterra Histories: 
 The Fire King (1)
By: C.S. Marks


Genre: Fantasy, Short Story/Novella
Published Aug 2012
Pages: 88

Publisher: Parthian Press

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Summary: "INTRODUCING the first in the Alterra Histories series of NOVELLAS.

From the creator of the beloved ELFHUNTER Series comes a tale of fate and faith, of the perils of pride, and of the power of love itself — as a King is forced to confront that which he has long denied–that which is in us all.
The Shadow has come to Alterra: a force of such power and terror that none may stand against it. It has but one purpose: to lure Aincor to his doom." 
Review: This was nicely written. A great welcome to a new fantasy world!

The characters were very unique and individualistic. I wish I could have got a bit more of Faelani especially. Being this is a short novella, I cannot say too much about the story itself. What I can say is there are a vast array of characters, creatures, and more. Alterra is a very detailed word, shown briefly to us. I want to read more from these lands.

While part of me loved the details here, part of me also said it was too much for a novella. Too much info, too many places, people, etc for so few words.At times, it is overwhelming. Yet C.S Marks is kind to us, giving us a glossary at the end to help us know what is what.

Overall, a very enjoyable fantasy that is a great intro into a whole new realm! I look forward to reading more by C.S. Marks!  
 
 

5 comments:

  1. The cover is lovely and great review. Novellas usually don't work for me for all of the reasons you stated. I'm usually left wanting more.

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    1. I am not fond of novella's by themselves much, but when it is an intro (as in this case) or a filler to a full novel/series then they are fine, as I can look at the novella as bonus content. :)

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  2. It's a nice review. You made me want to read it :3

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    1. I hope you do and that you enjoy it :)

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  3. Thank you for the review. I'll have to mention this one to my husband. It sounds like the type he would like.

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