October 02, 2019

#BookReview: The Reign of the Departed (The High and Faraway #1) by Greg Keyes


Synopsis: Errol Greyson hadn’t intended to commit suicide. Or so he told himself. But waking up after his “cry for help” in the body of a wood-and-metal construct magically animated by Aster―the strange girl from school―was not a result he could have imagined.

Aster’s wild explanations of a quest to find the water of health that would cure her father seemed as unreal as her description of Errol’s own half-dead existence, his consciousness stuck in an enchanted automaton while his real body was in a coma from which it might never wake. And of course, they would need to recruit a girl―a virgin, no less―who had been dead for thirty years, to lead them through something called the Pale, beyond which a bunch of magical kingdoms existed. Plus, the threat that Aster could turn him off like a light switch, sending him into a hellish oblivion, was a convincing incentive to cooperate. 

It all seemed quite mad: Either Aster was nuts, or Errol was hallucinating. But if it meant a new chance at life, he reckoned it was worth playing along.


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About the Author: Gregory Keyes (born April 11, 1963) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and Greg Keyes.  
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Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I think that I just may not be the one to read this title.  It felt very weird for me and very hard to follow.  I didn't care about the characters and the story again just felt odd.  






"Greg Keyes has always been both a skilled storyteller and fine writer of exciting tales. I plan to get my pre-order in early.”—New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks

Keyes is a master of world building and of quirky characters who grow into their relationships in unexpected ways. Fans of his Age of Unreason and his Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone fantasy series will want to get in on the ground floor of the High and Faraway series.”—Booklist

I liked a lot of what Keyes was doing in the novel, in terms of the story itself, the characters, and laying the groundwork for a multi-book narrative. The world where Errol awakens in his new body has a lived-in feel, a world with history and mythology of its own. . . . the story reminded me of Kate Elliott’s Crown of Stars.”—SFFWorld

“Starts in the realm of normalcy and quickly descends into the favorably bizarre and surprising. . . there was not one character that was uninteresting. The world building is epic. A magical realm that mirrors earth while residing under a curse was not only inventive but enthralling.”—Koeur’s Book Reviews4.4/5 Stars

A solid choice for any fantasy fanatic.”—Orange County Public Library, August Book Selections









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