Legends of the Dimmingwood by C. Greenwood #Review
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In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.
But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall?
Ilan is a young girl who has been driven from her home by the forces of a man simply known as the Praetor. Her family was killed because of their natural affinity with magic, and now she finds herself on the run and in hiding. Ilan’s journey to safety is interrupted by an encounter with brigands, and soon Ilan finds herself living in the bandit’s camp in the wilderness. Inevitably, though, destiny catches up with the girl…now turned teenager…as the new leader of the land turns his attention to quelling any lawlessness in his lands.
C. Greenwood brings us a very intriguing tale of this young heroine, allowing the reader to share the young woman’s journey as she grows into herself in this fantasy world. The details of the world are fleshed out as the main character learns them, so the world unfolds slowly but naturally. Greenwood has a natural ability to use just the right amount of description to convey the action without forgetting important details or lingering too long on any one point. The novel is short, but moves at a reasonable pace and introduces many elements which will no doubt be expanded later in the series. Characters have their own voices, and are as fleshed out as needed depending on his or her importance.
I have very few complaints with this work and would very definitely recommend this work for someone looking to start a new and promising series. One thing that bothers me just a little is the sudden introduction of what is likely to be an important piece of the story (the bow) as it develops further, but since the tale is obviously not complete I’m not sure yet what to think on this point. By all means, though, check this book out if you are a fan of the fantasy genre.
Ilan has narrowly escaped her last encounter with the soldiers of the evil Praetor but many of her outlaw friends have not been so fortunate. When her closest companion is dragged off to Selbius for execution, Ilan has no choice but to defy the captain of the forest brigands and journey to the stronghold of her enemies.
Risking exposure, both as an outlaw and a possessor of illegal magic, Ilan has few allies in the strange city. Worse, she has attracted the attention of an unknown mage bent on her destruction. With the help of an unpredictable warrior priest, a cunning street thief, and her powerful bow, will Ilan evade the clutches of the Praetor and the attacks of the mysterious mage long enough to complete her mission and rescue her friend?
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When I was small, my mother taught me about the magickless—evil men who hunted our kind to destroy us. They came from across the water to steal the lands of our ancestors. Pretending to want peace, they enslaved us and sought to extinguish what they couldn’t possess, the one thing their harsh laws could never control. Our ancient powers. One day, my mother warned me, violence would shatter the safety of our home, and when that day came, we must fight. And we must win.
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Also in the LEGENDS OF DIMMINGWOOD series:
Circle of Thieves ~ Book III (Coming Spring 2013)
Redemption of Thieves ~ Book IV (Coming Spring 2013)
Ilan has left the bandit camp that she has called home for most of her life, the death of her mentor weighing on her. She has decided to seek after the one man who might be able to give her some answers about the powers she has within her, but soon encounters trouble after discovering that Terrac has decided to follow her. An encounter with the Praetor’s Fists sees the two separated, so Ilan’s journey into Selbius becomes doubly important as she hopes to learn more about herself and rescue Terrac from the forces of the Praetor.
Greenwood brings us back to the tale of Ilan and her newly found bow right after the events that transpired in Magic Of Thieves and we learn more about the world outside of the brigands’ forest. The scale of the world has expanded a bit, and we meet somenew characters who aid the protagonist in her mission to aid her captured friend. Overall, the action moves forward with generally good pacing and the plot makes a couple of twists and turns as most epic tales do, I find the writing style very agreeable, though this book was perhaps a bit more heavy in description than the first one.
I think the biggest thing that the reader should know…and a factor for the author to keep in mind…is that the first book is almost essential reading if any sense can be made out of the tale. While ideally all readers would have gone through that material, I know personally that I’ve only managed to find some series books out of order. I find it disheartening when there is no introduction or way for me to catch up. Also, while the first book ends at an organic place to pause, the events of this book felt a little more incomplete…it was obvious to me that this was just a piece of a story and not a complete story in and of itself. Its a hard task to make a story both complete AND part of a series, but one thats necessary to really grow and keep an audience. Still, these books are enjoyable and worth the time to read.
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