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In Serein - Recommended

Stephen Brooke on GoodReads.com

  I would recommend it to anyone [other than young readers] who is interested in a good fantasy read with more than a bit of character insight and psychological exploration.  

Stephen Brooke on GoodReads.com

  I first read this novel – the first part of the ‘In Serein’ trilogy – in online form some time back. I rather expected to be let down in rereading.

Instead, I found myself liking it more than on the first read. I must say right off that, despite being a pretty sizable novel to work through (and there are two more like it to finish the trilogy) it is not a difficult read. Although the prose occasionally comes across as a bit hasty and unpolished, it is an honest, forceful, no-nonsense voice, that keeps the story on track.

This is a fantasy novel, essentially, yet most of the fantasy elements could probably be explained in science fiction terms (psychokinesis, etc.). At times, it seems reminiscent of the work of Michael Moorcock (not at all a bad writer of whom to be reminded). Which is not to say it is in any way derivative — ‘Sorcerer and Apprentice’ stands quite well on its own as a unique world and narrative.

Note that there is a certain amount of sex and even more of graphic violence. It is a part of the characters and of the world in which they move (I suppose if one were a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, one would feel right at home). Although the protagonist, Isca, is a teenage girl, I would not recommend the book to younger readers. It is not a YA novel!

I would recommend it to anyone else, however, who is interested in a good fantasy read with more than a bit of character insight and psychological exploration. That is what lifts it above the average offering in the genre. 

Stephen Brooke on GoodReads.com

 
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