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The Hickory Staff - Robert Scott

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Robert Scott, Jay Gordon / Paperback / 580 Pages / Book is published 2005-08-18 by Gollancz

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      28.08.2009 17:17

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      This book is a fantasy novel, but is a refreshing change from the typical 15-year-old-boy-has-a-magic sword/dragon/destiny/shiny rock-and-defeats-evil fantasy book. This book instead revolves around two 20-something americans, who, I am very happy to admit...swear. Oh yes. You won't find that in Eragon.

      When they fall through a portal into another world, they do not go gallavanting off to try and find an elder, they do they sensible thing, and stay in the same place, and assume it is a dream.

      Later on, there is of course the usual trekking across rugged land on the back of a horse, surrounded by trusty individuals, on their way towards an evil spirit. However, there are a lot of twists that aren't cliched, such as the presence of traitors, and deaths of some of the good guys.

      There is another part of this novel that really made me warm to it; love. Although I do not usually like the way that male authors write about falling in love, I really enjoyed these parts. They were original and they made the book seem a lot more mature.

      The ending is very moving, and does not answer all questions, and so I will definately be buying the sequel.

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