I will be honest, the first time I read this, I didn't like it at all. I was about to give it to a charity shop when I read it again and was blown away.
The problem was, when I bought it I was in the mood for a sword and sorcery book - we can't read high art all the time, and I just wanted to read a nice, straight-forward hack n slay story. I had read a SF book by the author, saw the cover, and bought it on spec.
However, this book is not a straight-foward story. It focuses on the struggle the main protagonist has with doing his duty in avenging his father, and his attraction to magic and the Earth goddess of an 'inferior' people who his people have conquered. Add in the dreamlike affects of the magic as he learns to use it, and it is actually a complex book.
I don't think the cover does this any favours (my copy was published in 1980). It mislead me into expecting one type of novel when it was something very different. It felt more like a Tanith Lee book (who I also like) than the Conan pastiche I thought it would be. One of the better stand-alone fantasy novels I've read for a long time, shows you don't need an endless series of doorstoppers to tell a good story.
Earth Magic Pocketbok – 17 November 2008
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In Earth Magic, Alexei and Cory Panshin (Hugo winning authors of The World Beyond the Hill) create a mysterious world of shifting realities, arcane traditions and memorable characters. Haldane, son of the Get warlord Black Morca must flee for his life through a familiar landscape turned strangely alien, aided by a wizard of uncertain abilities and the hazardous favor of the Goddess Libera. His perilous journey will take him to a final battle amidst the standing stones of power of Stone Heath where he will discover his true destiny. An exciting, thought provoking tale by critically acclaimed and award winning masters of the genre.
- Utgivare : Phoenix Pick (17 November 2008)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 184 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 160450417X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1604504170
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Paul de Vissec
it's useful to stress that "Earth Magic" is not science fictionGranskad i Storbritannien den 24 januari 2016
For those who have read other works by Alexei Panshin, it's useful to stress that "Earth Magic" is not science fiction. It's more like fantasy, a bit reminiscent of "Game of Thrones" genre.
It's not a bad read.
It's not a bad read.