19The Iron Lance
- Nov 25, 1998I
>I'm a huge Lawhead fan. I really enjoy his writing, especially theAs I said, I really enjoyed the book. It certainly doesn't compare with
>Pendragon "trilogy" (yeah, I know there're five books now, but the first
>three hold together strongly as a unit with the next two as "add-ons").
>For the interested, there's a lively Lawhead discussion list
>My first comment is that the thing was probably *not* copyedited. So far
>I've found dangling modifiers, Robert Louis Stephenson, and some really
>*glaring* typos. (I'm an editor by profession, so these things really
>stand out to me.)
>As for the book, it doesn't look like one of Lawhead's better books. By
>far not his worst, but not something great. The whole "1899" sub-plot
>seems (so far) to be one huge cliche. By page 150, there *still* isn't any
>great forward movement of the narrative. That whole first book could have
>been pared by about half of its 120 pages and achieved the same results.
>Instead, its length makes it read more like a Jordan (ugh) novel.
>But the story is slooowly starting to pick up speed and interest. Both
>Alexius and Murdo are well-rounded and fascinating characters. Everyone I
>know who's finished it really enjoyed it, so maybe it picks up.
Byzantium or Song of Albion (which I think are his best) but it isn't
overly long (nowhere near as long as Jordan's books). It only took me 2 or
3 days of reading off and on to finish it. I guess I'll have to see where
it heads next before I completely make up my mind.
Matthew R. Williams
Watertown Public Library
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