- 出版社: Zumaya Publications LLC (2008年7月16日)
- 平装: 308页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1934135992
- 条形码: 9781934135990
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 454 g
- ASIN: 1934135992
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Vassal of El (英语) 平装 – 2008年7月16日
At sixteen, Torren was violently torn from his family and his people and left for dead, a cripple in more ways than one. For the next few years, he traveled alone, making few friends. Then, one night, a terrified young woman fleeing for her life stumbles into his camp, and his life once again takes new direction. As he reluctantly takes responsibility for getting her to safety, his past comes back to haunt him in a way that is painfully ironic. Against both his will and his better judgment, he must return to the place he had thought lost to him forever if he is to make good on his promise to keep his charge safe from harm.
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The characterization is well-done. There aren't two-dimensional characters in this book. You can picture the awkward, uncertain Larana...the strong but tortured and shamed Torren, lost in the cracks between two worlds...brash, protective Sal...sweet, devoted, and strong Micca...and so forth. It's not a small group of characters, but you won't get lost in the crowd either. You really feel for the characters and their aims. These people, though we see them from Torren's POV, are complex, with their own goals, biases, and fears. When Torren doesn't know something, Gloria Oliver doesn't slip out of deep third to tell you. It simply becomes an issue for Torren to consider, and in this story of deception and betrayal, there are few people Torren can trust completely.
The world is fantastic, lush with lore, history, and well-written visuals. Oliver shows us the world and lets us experience the wonder as Torren rediscovers it through fresh eyes. It's also got great culture clash, since the Landers and the Flyers have such very different societies and mores, and they each have outlandish stories about the others...humorously so.
The plot is intricate and without continuity errors. As I said earlier, there are lies within lies, distrust, betrayal, and all manner of dangers outside of that as well.
There is not a romantic interest in the book, though there are glimmers of what MIGHT someday become a romance, which is nice.
To be honest, I would LOVE to see something more from this world, to revisit the characters years later, but I understand that the story has come to a satisfying ending. Well done!