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“Giant Thief” – D. Tallerman

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This is a review for “From the Tales of Easie Damasco: Giant Thief” by David Tallerman.

Easie Damasco is a rogue, a thief and a charmer, but even he can’t rest when a vicious warlord and his force of enslaved giants invade Easie’s homeland. With the warlord on his heels, plotters and betrayers at every corner, princes and ex-mayors using him as bait, Easie might survive this adventure. But he’s going to need help. Big time.

This story is set in a backdrop of a world highly inspired by Spain. The Spanish plains and language and history played a major role in creating this book, and it is very good. It is a fascinating world, it is different from other books I have read, the descriptions are very good and the characters inhabiting the world, from humans to horses to giants, are very well written. I enjoy that the main character is a cowardly thief looking out for himself first and foremost.

However.

Easie Damasco is not a constant character. At one point, the thing that starts the adventure, happens because he drops out of character. Of course, it could be just as the book said – that he was angry and wanted revenge – but to me it wasn’t done in a believable way at all. It was too out of the blue. He is a thief and a coward throughout the rest of the book, and has been so for years, his experiences so far should have been enough to stop him and make him think at this point. It doesn’t. Easie’s also quick to change his opinion. At one moment he is agreeing with something, in the next he is taking the opposite side. It goes back and forth and though some people really are like that, it is still not done in a believable way in my opinion.

And then there are the various small things throughout the book that make you stop to think “where did that come from?”. From Easie suddenly understanding that a character was madly in love with another without any previous proof – for all Easie knew it could simply be loyalty or a wish not to die that urged a character to act such and such – to other small opinions and realisations that suddenly appear this quirk is quite annoying. As is the fact that a good deal of the towns and the river have names that are quite alike and that makes them difficult to differentiate when mentioned, especially since there is no map provided.

So, all in all, though not too bad a book it isn’t something I would write home about either.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Books

 

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“The Historian” – E. Kostova

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This is a review of “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova.

A young woman going through her father’s library, finds a book and a cache of letters addressed to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. This plunges her into a world and an adventure that she never dreamed of, learning about her father’s past and how her mother’s fate is connected to an evil hidden in the depths of history.

We never learn the name of the daughter, and that is perhaps not the important thing in the story. The main focus – and, admittedly, the bulk of the novel – lies with her father Paul and how he became involved in the business, how he met her mother, what they did together and finally the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. The father-daughter living in the 1970s team follow in the footsteps of the father-mother team from the 1950s, searching for answers and the truth about Vlad Tepes – Dracula.

This is a story rich in history. Almost like a travelogue and a treasure hunt, the story takes you from place to place and through three different people’s views one learns the story of the hunt for the vampire. It is a historical thriller, an adventure and a detective theme (quite like an Agatha Christie story) with beautiful language, excellent descriptions and a good grasp on the historical mixed with a little bit of the fantastical.

It is a bit slow and perhaps a bit annoying for someone who isn’t fond of history or doesn’t know – or care to know – about the various historical places mentioned throughout the book. However, that is up to each person to decide, and not actually a bad thing with the book.

All in all, if you are ever to read a vampire-novel in your life, forget “Twilight” and go with this one instead. You will not be disappointed in the slightest. I definitely recommend it.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Books

 

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