Monday, June 24, 2013

Review - Into the Desert Wilds by Jim Galford

Having survived the war near Altis, Estin and his family must make a new life in the desert lands near Corraith more than a thousand miles from home. Unlike Altis, these lands fully accept wildlings, giving hope for the future.

Starting to find her own life, Oria has no expectations of a future. She lives day to day in this new land. What it means to be an adult is as elusive as safety had once been, after growing up watching her friends die.

Surely so far from the invasion by the Turessians, Corraith is safe from the horrors they have already seen elsewhere...

Review by Scott

5 stars

Into the Desert Wilds by Jim Galford is the second book in his Fall of Eldvar series.  It continues to tell the tale of Estin and Feanne along with their kits.  They have left there normal home mountain range and are now struggling to survive in the desert.  They stay reasonably close to the city of Corraith, but as wildlings they don't fit in very well and Estin is hesitant to stay.

Even though this is the second book in the series it almost works as a standalone.  It has been quite some time since I read the first book and some of the character references took my a while to remember the majority of the story flowed just fine.  The animal nature of the characters continues to lend them extremely entertaining personalities, especially the paradox of Estin.  He is an animal the would be considered prey to most predators, but his life and relationship with Feanne have been enough to override all of his natural instincts and make him a deadly predator himself.

The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the flow of the story.  After the introductory phase where everything gets established there is a steady build of anticipation.  Every confrontation between Estin or his family and the necromancer leads to a ramped up desire to see what happens next.  A lot of stories feel repetitive when there are multiple confrontations between protagonist and antagonist and Jim manages to avoid that beautifully.

This is a great book for fans of fantasy, especially if you enjoy anthropomorphic characters.

Review copy provided by the author.


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