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Steven Saville's Inheritance is literary diarrhea.
I happen to be one of the biggest fans of the Von Carstein clan, but I couldn't bring myself to enjoy this book. The book drags on and on, assaulting the reader at every turn with filler fight scenes and terrible dialogue. Through the two main protagonists, a pair of revenge seeking men whose only character development is angsting over their lost families between fight scenes, there are many botched attempts to scare the reader. "I had a dream where I was a wolf and wanted to kill you omg".
Other POV characters include the doomed head of the White Wolf knights, Von Carstein's seneschal, and Felix Mann, who delivers a great deal of pseudo-philosophy as the story winds down.
Save your money, and read A Song of Ice and Fire and Discworld if you haven't already.
You mean, besides the fact that he can't write worth a darn and his work is the written equivalent of Jason movies - a doomed quest to scare the viewer with senseless violence? A'ight, so as if the first book didn't hurt my brain enough, I got the second book because it was only a buck at my LGS.
And I hate it for misrepresenting my favorite vampire, Mannfred von Carstein. Early on, Mannfred springs Jon Skellan(a very Empire-sounding name, to be sure) from captivity, and on their 'flight' from a capital filled with veterans of the vampire wars and mages and soldiers and priests who likely are upset at the desecration of the cathedral, they stop for several days at a village to kill random people as well as hitting various temples on the way. Rather than get quickly away, they feasted on "innocent meat" and "exquisite corpses"(I bet Saville thought that was really clever). Certainly not the mark of the Von Carstein's analytical, patient ivory tower sorceror.
Please, please do not encourage more trees to die to spread this man's "work". Starved for some Fantasy? Look into A Game of Thrones and Across the Nightengale Floor. Vampires? Anne Rice's earlier works.
Last edited by prince_dios; March 27th, 2007 at 01:56.