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eBook Beyond the Pale (The Last Rune, Book 1) epub
  • ISBN: 0553379550
  • Author: Mark Anthony
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Spectra (November 3, 1998)
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • ePUB size: 1634 kb
  • FB2 size 1677 kb
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Travis gazed into the light. So that’s what they’re called. He wanted to look away but could not. The four travelers drew closer together, and Beltan kicked out the campfire ey find us?. Melia eyed the approaching light. A few moments more, and you’ll be able to ask them yourself. Travis lifted a hand to the pocket of his tunic. He had been unwilling to admit it to himself, yet he had an inkling of how his strange pursuers had followed him all this time.

To make matters worse, Moira Larson's book club was meeting in the back room of the saloon that evening. The topic: Nineteenth-Century French Novels of Adultery. Travis shuddered at the thought of facing a dozen book lovers thwarted in their hell-bent desire to discuss implications of class structure in Flaubert's Madame Bovary. A nervous whistle escaped his lips. You are really, really late.

Published November 2, 1999 by Spectra.

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Reality is unraveling in the dusty Colorado town of Castle City.  Strange symbols are carved into storefronts, and ancient legends come to life.  Saloonkeeper Travis Wilder is handed an ornate iron box and a mysterious mission.  And in Denver, where dead men walk, ER doctor Grace Beckett is witness to a terrifying and inhuman scene of carnage.  Theirs is a destiny shrouded in a coming darkness, a destiny that draws them into the otherworld of Eldh....  Eldh is a land of gods and monsters, myths and runecraft, conspiracy and blood.  It is a world that has secretly coexisted beside ours for millennia.  But now the boundary between worlds is crumbling in the face of a monstrous evil.  And Travis and Grace must save this strange land in order to safeguard their own world.
Comments: (7)
When I think of epic fantasy I usually think of overwritten, overlong books that would probably bore me to tears. Thankfully, Beyond the Pale is not like that. At all. I can honestly say that I wasn't bored once while reading this novel. It's over 600 pages of smaller-than-usual text, but all of that is soon forgotten after one gets into the story. I recommend interested readers give it at least a hundred pages or so before giving up on it, because it does start out in our modern world. I actually liked that aspect of it. It made it easier to relate to Travis and Grace, who end up traveling from modern-day Earth to the land of Eldh, a medieval world of sorts. I liked both of the main characters, and loved the little touches of humor throughout the novel. I also loved the heavy use of magic.

As far as this novel borrowing heavily from other fantasy novels, I don't really have much to say to that. I myself haven't read a lot of epic fantasy, so I wouldn't really know. All I know is that I enjoyed this novel from start to finish, and wasn't bored once while reading it. That's a mark of a very good novel to me.

So why four stars instead of five? I thought that some of the relationships could have used more development, but that wasn't really a huge problem. The main reason I gave it four stars is because of the ironhearts plot point, which I thought was overused a bit. I just didn't find the ironhearts that interesting, and toward the end too many of my favorite characters were turning into them.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this novel. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series. There are six in total, so I hope the rest are as entertaining as this first one.
I remember reading this series when it was still in progress, and enjoying it a great deal. Someone mentioned it in passing recently, so I thought I would hunt down the books and see how the story ended. In 1999 I must have been a little less critical, because now I find it only average. Some of the reviewers have called it derivative of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant, and I can agree with some of the similarities. It's got a bit of David Eddings in the use of simple fantasy archetypes as major characters, and a tiny sprinkling of Anne Rice's Talamasca in there as well. Still, it's only the first book, and I'm curious to see how it all develops. Epic fantasy is usually action-packed in the self-contained story arcs, but often takes time to hit its stride in the longitudinal narrative. I'll just have to see where it leads.
I have to admit that I wasn't really expecting much from this book. The blurb on the back cover was what prompted me to buy it in the first place; I'm a sucker for good "advertising" like that when it comes to fantasy novels.

But, surprise! I opened to the prologue, with the unlikely title of "Brother Cy's Apocalyptic Traveling Salvation Show", and was instantly hooked. This is a well-written beginning to a six-book cycle, which apparently concerns threats not only to the other-dimensional world of Eldh, but also to our Earth as well.

Anthony does not seem to develop his two Earthly protagonists too well. I could not get a clear picture of Travis; one could compare him to Clark Kent just beginning to discover his powers, but that's a very broad generalization. And Grace Beckett strikes me as a Vulcan transported to the world of fantasy who is beginning to learn about her emotions. There is also a strong indication that she was abused in some way in her childhood, but nothing definite is mentioned. Hopefully Anthony will expand on their characters in later volumes.

The residents of Eldh, however, are much more fleshed out and well-defined - the Lady Kyrene seemed very sinister, King Boreas is a little more intelligent than his hulking appearance makes him seem, and Durge and Beltan are just a bit more than the standard noble defenders of the realm.

Of necessity there are some characters who are cloaked in mystery. Falken the bard and the Lady Melia, as well as Queen Ivalaine pose more questions than answers at this point. Exactly who are they, and what do they know? Are they trying to save Eldh or do they have other purposes in mind?

I do not see even vague similarities to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series here, despite several reviewers' claims. In fact, there are far more similarities to David Eddings' "Belgariad" and "Mallorean" cycles than anything else.

I look forward to the next book in this series.
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