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The Madness of Hallen Whilst I have a lot of respsect for Russell Meek, and admire both his book layout and marketing strategies, I am finding this book something of a slog This is partly due to the sheer weight, which I admired at the start with the glossy pages, it has a fair heft to it , but proved to be something of a hassle to lug back and forth to work with me Also, it is quite a thick book and I seem to be favouring smaller, lighter, quicker reads at present The characters are interesting enough, although Whilst I have a lot of respsect for Russell Meek, and admire both his book layout and marketing strategies, I am finding this book something of a slog This is partly due to the sheer weight, which I admired at the start with the glossy pages, it has a fair heft to it , but proved to be something of a hassle to lug back and forth to work with me Also, it is quite a thick book and I seem to be favouring smaller, lighter, quicker reads at present The characters are interesting enough, although Meek does occasionally jump point of view within a few short sentences which is somewhat disorientating, and the fact that you are aware that the main character is being manipulated by people he is trusting should be something that should be building the tension, but I m not sure I am entirely convinced by it The plot also seems to be drifting along, setting up the story for the following volumes One thing that I did take note of, it was not until some distance in maybe the third chapter or so that the reader becomes aware of which character is the main protagonist before then we are given short stints with characters that are pretty minor I believe these are intended to help set the scene, but it did leave me wondering for the first while if there even WAS a main protagonist.Overall, not a bad book, just rather a slow moving and ponderous one Meek has obviously put a lot of time and energy in his writing, and now in his promotions of such, and this should be enjoyed by those of you who love a good, chunky, epic read with a good heft and strong development Unfortunately, it is a little too dense for me of the fickle nature, and I am not sure if I shall persevere with the series My husband bought this series from the author at a GeekFest My husband purchased the books for me at a ridiculous price, and specifically asked Russell Meek if there was any sex, boobs, butts, ect Russell said there was none of that Yeah, he lied In addition to being very poorly written, just about every page has at least some reference to women s body parts, or bedding a woman or girl , and finally, midway through the first book, a full blown, explicit sex scene I will never know how m My husband bought this series from the author at a GeekFest My husband purchased the books for me at a ridiculous price, and specifically asked Russell Meek if there was any sex, boobs, butts, ect Russell said there was none of that Yeah, he lied In addition to being very poorly written, just about every page has at least some reference to women s body parts, or bedding a woman or girl , and finally, midway through the first book, a full blown, explicit sex scene I will never know how much trashier it gets, since I m throwing them all out It s not worth my time, on so many levels All of the women, and even 15 year old girls, are sex objects, every interaction is superficial, it reads like a cheap soap opera, and it s not at all the harmless fantasy the author convinced my husband it was Not cool, Russell Not cool Terrific I enjoyed this book and its characters and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I was really impressed with this book and would recommend it to anyone The plot is kind of slow but as a set up for threebooks it is really good The only issue I had was something I have not really come across in any book before the story is told from almost every character s perspective at the same time the point of view kind of jumps around and can sometimes be confusing HOWEVER there is a reason for this which is alluded to around half way through the story.Without giving too mu I was really impressed with this book and would recommend it to anyone The plot is kind of slow but as a set up for threebooks it is really good The only issue I had was something I have not really come across in any book before the story is told from almost every character s perspective at the same time the point of view kind of jumps around and can sometimes be confusing HOWEVER there is a reason for this which is alluded to around half way through the story.Without giving too much away the bad guys are well developed as characters and their motivation is understandable, they also have a highly interesting influence over the good guys I say bad guys and good guys because for a while it is not entirely clear who is who, also it is entirely possible that one or two of the good guys could turn, with the pervasive influence the bad guys have over them.The magic system is very interesting and well developed.The imagery is on a grand scale with cities perched on the edges of cliffs or deep within hostile mountain ranges.While this book is by no means grimdark one character has bloody moments that would be a match for anything Abercrombie s Logan ninefingers goes through.This author has incredible potential and I can definitely see him running in league with the bigs authors of fantasy today Rothfuss, Sanderson, Hobb, Abercrombie, Brooks et al.All in all I found this book highly original and very intriguing, needless to say I will be buying the next three books and can t wait for the next one to come out Loved this book let alone the in depth content, the glossy feel to the cover the thick white pages were enough to make it my read in bed only book.Can t wait for book 2. Congratulations Russell, a fantastic novel and an excellent way to start the series It was great to meet you at the Perth Comicon and I am very glad I purchased this book I can t wait to continue the story but I assume it will be a while From one Kiwi to another I wish you all the best, hoping it all works out as you wish. Battle raged on the desert sands of the Great Depression A land of tribal warriors, scattered and leaderless, was finally united under one mind, a man proclaimed as Husam al Din, the Sword of the Faith On the dark day of his death, al Din s priests tore his mind apart, preventing his treacherous wife, Maymunah, from taking control of the armies They disappeared beyond the borders of the known lands, taking with them six harmonic stones containing the mind of al Din, leaving the tribes leaderless and united only by faith Revenge vowed, Maymunah set her descendants on a quest to recover the lost stones Centuries passed as nothing was found, until twenty generations later, in an ice cave deep in the Meil vohllen Mountains, Hallen made a discovery that would change the world forever Unable to contain the power of the stones, Hallen s mind was lost, and for three further generations the daughters of Maymunah have only heard whispers in the wind The Madness of Hallen is the first of four epic fantasy novels, following the lives of two brothers in their quest against the rightful heir to the mind of Husam al Din One of the best fantasy novels I have read in many a year Maturely written, with vivid descriptive style I know I am going to be frustrated waiting for the second Good concept Characters fascinating and satisfyingly complex I do like it when you re not sure if someone is good or bad I also liked the twists and turns in the plot The action was a little slow to start, and continues that way throughout, the content and storyline is strong but requires patience it s a long book and you wait for things to happen Having said that the world building is good and feels fresh. This book is amazing Now normally I would speed read large books but this one forces you to take your time because if you don t, important things are skipped without notice I saw this book during Armageddon and purchased the first three books with autographs and now I m waiting for the forth one to come out This book is a fresh twist on fantasy books Keep it up Russell


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