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Title: Arcady by Michael Williams
Notable: Book #1 in the Arcady series
Solomon’s childhood home of Arcady is threatened by a destructive and mysterious force known as the Absence. Though Solomon’s education at the Seminary has caused him to become jaded and cynical toward Magic and religion, he yet has a role to play in the salvation of his homeland.
This is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. For the first 2/3 to 3/4 of the book, I was pretty much lost. There were slight connections between events and characters, but not enough to make it seem like a cohesive story. Not until I was past the halfway mark did the different parts of the story come together and it started to make sense.
I say started, because the narrative never truly came together into a completely understandable story. This book is absolutely full of half-formed ideas and images — magic, ethereal and difficult to fully grasp. The characters are strange too, mysterious without adequate explanation of how they came to be that way. That’s not really my cup of tea, but I muscled my way through the foggy and indistinct imagery and concepts because I don’t like to quit books unless they’re truly awful.
There’s a certain satisfaction to the end of the story. The baddy is thwarted at least partially, things that were lost can now be rebuilt, the Hawken family isn’t at odds with itself anymore. Apparently there’s a sequel to this book, but I don’t know if I’ll read it. It was really tough getting through this one and I don’t feel ready to tackle another tedious read right now.
I recommend Arcady to those who like high fantasy that explores religious themes and imagery.
- A little bit of bad language
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Until next time…