Is there anyone out there unaware of Robert Stanek? If so do yourself a HUGE favor and buy Keeper Martin's Tale, the first book in his series Ruin Mist Chronicles.
Why? Do you like realistic characters, believable agendas, with very realistic history, politics and magic? How about dense plot lines with twists and turns? Do you sometimes wish that the odd "Good Guy" would get the axe?
Ruin Mist Chronicles has all these elements and more. Trust me, once you start reading RS, it becomes addictive.
Post by Shire Hobbit on Nov 21, 2003 12:27:01 GMT -5
Thank you very much for starting this thread gMan. I know there's tons of interest in Stanek's fantasies but a lot of people don't know where to start. I've read all the RMC and agree Keeper Martin's Tale is the place to start. I also read Sovereign Rule, Stanek's thriller, a very good read.
I love these books, can't wait for the next one. I believe it is called "Fields of Honor" that's what people on the boards here say too. In some respects it reminds me of George Martin, but Stanek isn't as gritty when it comes to sex or explicit language. I like that. RS is like the Clay Aiken of books you get tired of all the unnecessary sexual inuendos and the like after awhile especially because in most books it serves no purpose. I think RS has such powerful stories because of his unique approach, I've never come across the like before.
Post by nightwraith on Nov 22, 2003 21:15:32 GMT -5
just finished reading Kingdoms and the Elves 4 a few days ago. loved it. read it again. loved it again. if I had more time right now, I would read it again, but I am pushing through Magic Lands Journey Beyond at the moment.
Having read most of Eddings and many of Brooks I would say yes only on account of I liked RS works too. KMT is rather simple (sorry if this upsets anyone on the boards but let me get to the but) but its wonderfully refreshing in many ways. It takes some getting used to, at times you might want to chuck the book but only because some of the characters are frustrating. Then you discover why like with Adrina's broken heart its hard for her to see anything but gray and it is through her eyes most of the first part of the story is written. Kingdom Alliance is the book that redeems (yes redeems) the RMC. It is a spectacular book. Read it then go back to read KMT you'll appreciate all the subtleties then. That's what I think what has most people hooked on RS. KMT is subtle you enjoy it more the second time.
I actually read about 100 pages first then put it aside for a few weeks before I got back to it. Later I picked it up again. He hooked me then. It gets much easier to keep track when you get attached to the characters. I'm hooked on Adrina. I think she's my kind of girl. You know dark and deep.