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"Then what about me?" Tom demanded. "What am I meant to do?" "You're doing it." The old gnome said simply. "Even if that means being confused and complaining a lot and being ill at ease..."
Schoolboy Tom Gunn ventures into the forest to find a cure for his sister's illness, and a way for his family to move back to the countryside, away from alienating suburbs. Lost within, he agrees to join forces with a sorcerer to create a a magical world. However, nothing is as it appears, including the act of creation itself.
From beginning to end, I felt primarily grateful to the author for keeping the paragraphs short, the action relentless, the scope focussed, and the headcount low, even if it meant disjointed themes and leaving loose ends. A rambling chronicle this novel is not. The pace is rhythmic, the language clear, and the few important points are not glossed over or lost in belabouring. You will not have to flip back or search for a name or event. Yet, this discipline makes room for complexities seldom explored in heroic fantasy such as anxiety, the paralysis of will, and even the function of the genre. By avoiding errors of indulgence, a modest tale is delivered well, rather than becoming - as often happens - a grand epic that exceeds the prose carrying it. This ebook was a charming and cheap way to spend several hours thanks to the author recognising - in a self-referential nod - that creating a world is less important than telling a story.