Reviews tagged "high fantasy"


Od Magic by Patricia McKillip

The enchantress Od founded her school of magic in the city of Kelior hundreds of years ago, then left it under the governance of the king of the country of Numis. Over the years, magical practice became more and more controlled, as the rulers of Numis feared anything they could not understand or control. When […]


Beyond the Summerland by L. B. Graham

Where do all these authors get reviewers’ quotes putting them in the same league as Tolkien? I guess it’s just the popular thing to do these days. In any case, in spite of having acquired a couple of these quotes for its back cover, Beyond the Summerland isn’t Tolkien. That said, it’s not horrible, either. […]


The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks’ debut novel has become infamous over the years for its extremely apparent parallels to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the infamy is in this respect well-deserved. To summarize the plot would be superfluous for those who have read Tolkien’s work; at times, the parallels are almost laughable in their detail. Most […]


Dragonspell by Donita Paul

Kale has been a slave all her life in the remote town of River Away on the island of Amara. Then she discovers a dragon egg, and she is sent to the large city of Vendela to join the service of Paladin. But things don’t turn out exactly as she’d planned, and she finds herself […]


The Sword of Welleran and Other Tales of Enchantment by Lord Dunsany

There’s no doubt about it: Lord Dunsany is a master of poetic prose. I was first introduced to him as “the real thing” to replace the ‘false’ Patricia McKillip. I still love McKillip’s prose, but I must admit that the beauty of Lord Dunsany’s language is really unrivaled (in my experience). In this collection of […]


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I confess my initial reaction when I heard about this book was petty annoyance mixed with grudging admiration. How could a young whippersnapper like Paolini get a book published at age 15? It must be junk. I had no real interest in reading the book, but when I saw it at the top of the […]


Riddle-Master by Patricia McKillip

In this trilogy (consisting of The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind), Prince Morgon of Hed leaves his small island country in search of the answer to a riddle — the riddle of his destiny. He seeks the High One, mysterious master of all the rulers of the […]


The Belgariad by David Eddings

(Note: this series is composed of the books Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, and Enchanter’s End Game.) Our hero, Garion, is a teenaged boy living on a farm in the homey little country of Sendaria. He knows nothing about his dead parents, which right away tells you that he […]


Song for the Basilisk by Patricia McKillip

Duke Arioso Pellior took power in Berylon forty years ago, overthrowing the ruling Tourmalyne house and murdering all its members — or so he thought. Caladrius, a young boy at the time of the carnage, survived, and has returned to Berylon to seek justice against the murderer of his family. Caught up in the plot […]


The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

In this sequel to The Hero and the Crown (written several years before that book), the action takes place in the same universe as in the former story, but in a very different environment. The events of The Hero and the Crown are the stuff of legend for Harry and her companions (although Luthe the […]