Wow! I cannot recommend this one enough!
I really, really enjoyed this book.
At first, I was worried by the number of characters and several storylines - but McKenzie paints a wonderfully rich, funny, and thrilling adventure that leaves no character neglected nor storythread abandoned. Quite a feat!
The Elves, Dwarves, and stupid humans all have distinct histories and motivations - without falling into the GAME OF THRONES-esque histrionic nonsense. Which means the story moves forward without pretense or over-detailed bull-larkey.
The action is clear and unmuddled by overly cinematic abstractions. The battle is well fought and I never questioned what was happening or how. Rather an impressive trick considering the number of fronts the battle was pitched.
The Ballyman Waits fits nicely into the timeless fantasy canon, unaffected by cliche or fad. Given the chance, McKenzie's work should endure and find a wide readership.
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