The Grand Crusade is the third and final installment of Michael Stackpole’s DragonCrown Cycle, and the series goes out with a bang.
Stackpole uses the common fantasy elements of elves, dragons, and wizards in new and novel ways, his writing is fast and to the point, and his characters are well-drawn and interesting. They even–gasp!–grow and change in response to events.
The plot is dense and hard to condense, but at heart it’s the usual great-evil-wants-to-conquer-everything, which is perfectly fine. With a rich and detailed world with a great deal of lore in which his characters do their mighty or nefarious deeds, the DragonCrown Cycle stands as one of the most interesting fantasy creations since The Wheel of Time.
The conclusion felt a little bit rushed, and more than a touch formulaic, but wasn’t by any means a complete let-down.
A huge thank-you to Stackpole for actually sticking to a three-book series (with one prequel), instead of droning on and on and on and on like Robert Jordan.
Posted Friday, 19 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.