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The Saints of the Sword Paperback – 1 January 2001
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- Publisher : Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (1 January 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 545 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553380230
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553380231
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.18 x 23.5 cm
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Marco has also refined his use of political intrigue, in many ways this series beginning more and more to mirror George R.R. Martin's ongoing "Song of Ice and Fire," without seeming a knock off, though lacking the latter's scope and depth of detail and characterization. Nonetheless, those of you that have enjoyed Martin's current series will likely find much to admire here, as long as you do not draw your comparisons too closely. After all, this would be unfair to Mr. Marco, who is a relative newcomer, whereas George R.R. Martin has been writing successfully for a couple decades. But as John Marco has been building more upon his strengths than his weaknesses, as evidenced here, one greatly anticipates his future.
Marco continues to at times make his plot too tidy, certain characters, as another reviewer has noted, too readily changing their stripes or accepting changes in circumstance. It is difficult to entirely accept Biagio's change of heart, despite the author's efforts to convince us, and Nicabar's ready acceptance of Kasrin seems too easy to be wholly credible. Other incidents occur with similar ease or coincidence. Finally, Richius' pangs of guilt have by now worn more than thin, though, with his little stage time, we are not again forced too much into dragging his whining bones through the fire.
It would appear that the author has already begun a new work, evidently not a direct outgrowth from this series. However, for those of you who will miss Lucel-Lor and Nar, there are a number of hints at the conclusion of this work that leave more than ample room for a return sometime later. In any event, as this series is one of the more impressive debuts I have read, I will eagerly look forward to Mr. Marco's next project. I can only promise great expectations for the future.