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Das magische Zeichen by Stan Nicholls
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Das magische Zeichen (edition 2007)

by Stan Nicholls

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Title:Das magische Zeichen
Authors:Stan Nicholls
Info:Heyne Verlag (2007), Perfect Paperback, 447 pages
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In this book, and its prequel, [b:The Covenant Rising|1037550|The Covenant Rising (Dreamtime, #1)|Stan Nicholls|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1180414615s/1037550.jpg|1023899], Nicholls has seemingly set out make a world where magic is a part of everyday life. However, he's made some strange choices that cause immersion in the world to be difficult. 1) very few people can make magic, though everyone can use it. It's not clear who's creating all this magic, since very few of the story's characters have any skill with it at all. 2) magic replaces everyday modern devices; as another reviewer notes, the characters even talk about 'hacking' into a communications line. 3) all this while limiting technology to mostly standard medieval fantasy, with a hint of steampunk. The combination is hard to swallow.

Equally difficult is the central plot concept of this book - that the Resistance, caught in a client state between two competing empires, buy an island and plan to move thousands of people to live there in freedom and harmony. It's just not a realistic idea, especially when we learn that the new island is a tenth the size of the existing client state. It's not close to credible that the evil empires would a) not notice, and b) leave the new land alone.

The plot in this middle book does move along rapidly, and most characters remain likeable. There are more than a few too many easy coincidences, and some facile gap fillers that don't really work.

I had planned to give this book three stars for readability, and explain that it was really 2.5 stars. But on writing this and thinking back, I have to go the other way, and give it two stars, but explain that it was somewhat better than that score implies.

I'll still be moving on to the third and last book, [b:The Diamond Isle|1037548|The Diamond Isle (Dreamtime, #3)|Stan Nicholls|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1180414613s/1037548.jpg|1043491], and I have hopes for a satisfying finale, but it's likely not going to be quite as grand as I had hoped, and I find it a bit hard to recommend the series on what I've seen so far. ( )
  BMorrisAllen | May 14, 2013 |
A bridge novel and you can see the setups for the finial story building here. While you could read this alone as the author usefully has a recap at the beginning, it does follow on from the previous novel.

Reeth Caldason is still trying to work out where he comes in the scheme of things and why he is so difficult to kill. The rebels are trying to find themselves a utopia away from tyrrany and the madness of some kings is getting worse.

Overall interesting, made me want to read book three now and I wondered what was happening. However there are a profusion of characters and it was occasionally difficult to care for them all. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Apr 27, 2009 |
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Für ihre Liebe und ihre unerschöpfliche Unterstützung widme ich DAS MAGISCHE ZEICHEN meiner lieben Schwiegermutter Eileen (Paddy) Booth, meiner Schwägerin Janet Calderwood, ihrem Partner Owen Sutherland und meinen wundervollen und erschreckend klugen Nichten Anna und Elaine Kennedy.
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From the author of the internationally accalaimed Orcs series comes a powerful new epic fantasy to rival the work of Raymond E. Feist and David Gemmell. Cursed with immortality and episodes of uncontrollable, berserk fury, Reeth Caldason is desperate to find a cure for his magical affliction. His search has brought him to the island state of Bhealfa, ruled by a despot and trapped between two powerful rival empires. Here, after decades of carefully avoiding all personal attachments, he finds himself entangled with a Resistance movement intent on founding a utopia free from tyranny. The paladin clans, a fearsome order of mercenary knights who provide government security, are determined to crush the growing rebellion. Devlor Bastorran, the cruel, and possibly mad, heir apparent to the clan leadership, is plotting a grotesque revenge against Caldason, having been bested by him in a humiliating and very public swordfight. But Caldason has other problems to contend with. The rebels have decided on the location of their new state -- a remote island. Before it can be occupied, a large quantity of gold must be delivered to its legal owner. Caldason is the natural choice to head this sensitive mission -- but he soon discovers that a powerful new enemy covets both the gold and the island, threatening to destroy the whole fragile venture before it's even underway.

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Cursed with immortality and episodes of uncontrollable beserk fury, Reeth Caldason is desperate to find a cure for his magical affliction. His search has brought him to the island state of Bhealfa, where he finds himself entangled with a Resistance movement intent on founding a utopia free from tyranny.… (more)

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