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Monday, June 02, 2014

Review: Circle of Sorcerers

It's tough to find good fiction. It's even tougher to find good fiction in Amazon's list of free books. Add the fantasy genre to the mix and you're almost certainly going to be disappointed.

Brian Kitrell's Circle of Sorcerers is one such example. It's readable enough, with fairly transparent pose, but nothing scintillating. The plot conforms to Campbell's archetypes with dreary uniformity, but has no logic to it whatsoever. At least Ben Kenobi's death at the hands of Darth Vader has a good explanation, with Vader being a former student. The protagonist's mentor's death, however, feels like it was inserted to conform to the Campbell archetype.

As easy reading, the book's great. However, it's a lot like eating empty calories: when you're done you feel like you wasted your time. Fortunately, the book's free, so at least you haven't wasted your money.

Not recommended. Play a video game instead of reading this book.

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