Jul 14, 2012

Review: To Rule This Broken Earth

The trouble with the various rulers of the earth is that they're nearly all wizards, and the trouble with wizards, if you ask Dave Valdman, is that every one of 'em is crazier than a two-headed ferret. Dave is plenty happy staying beneath their notice, staying on the move, and delivering mail and the occasional cart of potatoes. But when Dave rescues a fugitive priest from the soldiers of an infamous warlord, he finds himself drawn into the kind of conflict he's spent his whole life avoiding.

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I think that one of my favorite things about reviewing books is when I stumble across authors that I have never heard and that immediately go onto my 'auto buy' list.  This is one of those books.

Mr.  Garraty is a master of characterization.  I immediately fell in love with Dave.  He is one of those folks that just don't fit in with people on the long term so he has found the perfect job with being a guide.  But now he is discovering just what caring for people can do to a man's life.  He changes so much throughout the book yet remains true to himself.  Excellent.

And then there is Jeremy and Denise and Mary... it doesn't seem to matter just how important a part the secondary characters play, they are so well thought out that the reader will feel as though they really know them.

There is also more then enough life and death action to keep the story moving right along.  There is even blood and gore for readers that require it in their fantasy but under it all is the characters.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy alternate earth novels as well as fantasy readers.  I rate this book a 4.5.

***I received this book at no charge from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.


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