Sean Russell's strength of slowly stitching together a story with crafty and subtle characterization rather than non-stop action almost works to his disadvantage in book one of The Swan's War trilogy. The story meanders and branches mysteriously like the river along which the essential plot elements unfold, with barely a stretch of white water. It teeters precariously but does not quite topple over the precipice of too slow and too unfocused. The One Kingdom is the first book in The Swan’s War trilogy, and I thought it was a solid epic fantasy debut although I thought there were a few holes in the world building that I’m hopeful the author will explore in the remaining novels. While I enjoyed the story, the Kindle formatting was a bit jarring.
Book Information: Genre: High/Epic Fantasy Author: Sean Russell Name: The One Kingdom Series: Book One of The Swan’s War . Sean Russell THE ONE KINGDOM Book One of The Swan’s War. In the moving landscape only the men were still. THEY SAT AT the long table atop Summer's Hill as motionless as stones in a running stream. Driven here by war, Tarn reminded himself. All the most important things you'll do in this life will exact a price in one way or another, his grandfather liked to say. Once you've made up your mind, pay the price and get on with it.
THE ONE KINGDOM: Book One Of The Swans' War is the first thing I've read by Sean Russell. I liked it. It's intricately plotted and the characters are sympathetic and engaging. There's plenty of action and plenty of skullduggery. First, the mysterious business of slipping in and out of alternate physical realms is never really explained. At least, not to my satisfaction. In The One Kingdom, Mr. Russell provides these things quite well. He has produced a beautifully balanced work of fiction that satisfies the interests of an admittedly "seasoned" reader of fantasy. His prose is smooth and descriptive, his main characters are admirable but imperfect, his portrait of the natural world is nothing short of gorgeous.
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March 2002 : UK Paperback.
Sean Russell has proven himself a master of intelligent fantasy - subtle, exciting, well-crafted. The One Kingdom grew out of two quite separate ideas. For a long time I'd been kicking around the idea of a group of characters travelling down a river by raft, reliving, in very odd forms, many of the events in Huckleberry Finn - but all in a fantasy setting. The second idea was to have two feuding families, like the Montagues and the Capulets, who'd split a kingdom over who would succeed the throne. It took me a long time to realize that these stories actually went together. Of course almost nothing remains of the original ideas.
Sean Russell's voice reminds me of the great fantasies I read in the late 1970's and early 1980's, before everything sounded and looked the same - 800 page novels in 15 book series, where the story never seems to progress and there is nothing to distinguish one character from another. The story in "The One Kingdom" progresses quickly, and each of. the characters has a unique voice and the story is driven as much by the characters themselves, and not by long passages of exposition
Sean Russell is the author of The One Kingdom and The Isle of Battle, previous books in the Swans' War trilogy, plus the River into Darkness books: Compass of the Soul and Beneath the Vaulted Hills; the Moontide and Magic Rise books: Sea Without a Shore and World Without End; and Gatherer of Clouds and The Initiate Brother. He lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with his wife and son. Библиографические данные. The One Kingdom: Book One Of The Swan's War Trilogy Swans' War Series (Том 1). Автор.
Author: Sean Russell. Pages: 704. Publisher: Orbit. Tag: Fantasy/Sci-Fiction. Ebooks list page : 13573.
The One Kingdom - Sean Russell. Driven here by war, Tam reminded himself. All the most important things you’ll do in this life will exact a price in one way or another, his grandfather liked to say. Once you’ve made up your mind, pay the price and get on with it.