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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