A novel by Kevin Hearne
When this book hit my doorstep, I was thrilled; it is huge! 620 pages huge! The cover made me want to know more, with its dark and ominous glimpse of the warrior. What I didn't know what that this book would blow me away. Filled with magic, adventure and lots of and lots of fighting, I couldn't stop reading until it was a finished, done deal! Follow me into the review of A Plague of Giants, by Kevin Hearne.
Let me tell you, this book is an epic tale. It's masterfully written, and the characters are so beautifully created it's hard to not be interested in the story. Yet, I found it difficult for me to truly become attached to them.
This is a world under invasion. Clan against clan and plots so tightly woven, you nearly miss them until the strike. I loved how Hearne wrote through the telling of stories from the Bard (master storyteller), and the magic used was fabulous. BUT the entire story is told through stories! This is where I found trouble with the novel.
Remember, this is a very large book, so when you're reading, thinking "I'm gonna find out what happened to What's-Her-Name!", you do. But only by the smallest smidgen. The languages, creatures, people- they all capture your heart and interest, but they're quickly snatched away, to allow the Bard sleep, drink and the sharing of other intricate details for the story. I simply found it too exhausting. I received the ARC, but purchased the audiobook, because of the size. Doing so allowed me to finish the book faster than I'd expected, but even it was over 20-hours long! NO LIE!
Anyway, the story reminds you of other fantastic authors, like Tolkien, because they written with such care and craft. But be prepared to not become emotionally invested. You'll like it, but you can't love it the way you should.
Im off to the next read. Check out Kevin Hearne's A Plague of Giants and his other works!
A Plague of Giants
Fantasy, Mythology, Thriller
Random House, October 2017
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