Friday, July 20, 2007
The Fantasy Book Critic weighs in on Set the Seas on Fire, and seems to have liked it.
Honestly, I’m not that big on period pieces and in particular, stories of the nautical variety, so I wasn’t expecting to enjoy “Set the Seas On Fire” that much even with the promise of mystical happenings. Surprisingly, I had a really good time reading the book and I think a lot of it had to do with the author Chris Roberson. Since I’ve never read anything by Mr. Roberson, I didn’t know what to expect, but the writing turned out to be quite accomplished, and even though the novel deals with a lot of familiar story elements, the skillful prose, scholastic knowledge of the historical material, and a ripe imagination, really elevated the book to another level. Of course, having a main character like Hieronymus Bonaventure really helps too – he’s easy to relate to, somewhat flawed as every person is in real life, and well developed by the author. Thankfully, Hieronymus also shows up in “Paragea: A Planetary Romance”, which I wouldn’t mind reading, and I hope to see further adventures with Hieronymus Bonaventure.
Ran into his review, though I'd heard of your book before that. It's #1 on my buy list (need to crank through a few others first). I've read all of the Hornblower, Aubrey/Maturin, and throw in Cornwell's Sharpe series for good measure and I love the time period. Can't wait to read "Set the Seas on Fire">
Hey Chris, thanks for the mention! By the way, Pyr said they'd be happy to send me a copy of Paragea so I can't wait to check it out :) Hope you have a great weekend!Post a Comment