21 March 2009

The Well Between the Worlds: Sam Llewellyn

Well Between The Worlds Well Between The Worlds by Sam Llewellyn

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm an Arthur-legend junkie, so this book was one I looked forward to reading (well, that and the Lewisian Well in the title). I wasn't disappointed: Lyonesse is sinking, due to too much water being pumped from the Wells as the men hunt, capture, cut and burn monsters from another world. Idris is clearly born for greater things and escapes drowning only to have to flee his city and home; lucky for him be becomes an apprentice with Mage Ambrose.

Ambrose is the Merlin here, and Idris' coming into his power and becoming King is all under Ambrose's tutelage. It's not quite what you read in the other versions of the story, but it is an interesting twist on the tales. I liked the addition of the Well and the monsters, particularly Digby. The Morgan/Idris connection also worked for me. The explanations of the monsters and Wells and the sinking and the history were, at times, a little sloppy or rushed, but overall the story works.

Clearly the ending is meant to be a cliffhanger, and there will be another volume (or two?) coming. Can't wait.

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2 comments:

  1. May I suggest another fantasy title to try? "Outcasts Of Skagaray" can be previewed by reading the sample chapters on www.threeswans.com.au If you decide to read it your opinion would be of great interest.

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  2. I hadn't heard of this one before, and it sounds right up my alley. Thank you :D

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