Carey, Jacqueline -- Banewreaker
The infamous big Tolkienesque fantasy with POV mostly (not entirely) from
the Bad Guys. As a fantasy epic, it works pretty well -- I want to read the
sequel. As commentary on Tolkienesque fantasy, it suffers from mixed
assumptions. The Good Guys and Bad Guys are not Tolkien's creations; they
have their own history and their own relationships. But the Good Guys seem
to think they're Tolkien characters, and whine a lot when the universe
fails to match up. (Despite knowing their own history perfectly well.) This
isn't genre criticism, this is the author being smug with puppets.
Fortunately, she doesn't waste too many pages on that stuff.
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