Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Sable City - M. Edward McNally


I thought I'd kick off Rursday Reads with a no-brainer.  
The Sable City is the first in McNally's epic fantasy Norothian Cycle.  I'm always on the lookout for epic fantasy that doesn't recycle Tolkien's elves/dwarves/Orcs, and McNally does a good job here of inventing some new stuff.  Oh, sure, one of the main characters in this book (Captain Block) is a dwarf, and McNally adds a dragon (or two) and a demon (or several) here and there.  But the main characters are pretty much assuredly human.  Although you've gotta wonder about that guy with the katana....

Here's my review from Goodreads:
McNally does a great job with this, the first in (at least) a trilogy. I loved many of the characters -- the inept wizard Phin, the mercenary Zeb, the devil Balan (who, I suspect, is a refugee from our own world), and of course Tilda, the novice Guilder who, even after she's lost everything, just keeps on keeping on.
If you like epic fantasy -- and I know that a whole bunch of you do -- check out this series.