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Artesia Afield: The Book of Dooms Volume 2
 
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Artesia Afield: The Book of Dooms Volume 2
Publisher: Aegis & Gorgon
by Jez G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/22/2008 19:15:24

Artesia Afield continues in much the same way as the previous book. If you liked the first collection, then everything you liked is in this one too! As Artesia strugles to come to grips with the effects of her actions in volume 1, she finds herself at the head of a growing army as it marches to war. The scale of battles increases in this volume and the amount of different states and gods mentioned rises as well. Like the first volume, I found this one hard going at first. It really does help if you read the extra info at the back of the book. The only problem I have with this series is that there's so many characters I find it confusing sometimes as to who's who. There's a couple of deaths that I think are supposed to be quite significant but I wasn't really sure as I didn't know if they were bit players or some of Artesia's best friends! But that's easily overlooked when you take into account the georgeous artwork and ongoing story.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Artesia Afield: The Book of Dooms Volume 2
Publisher: Aegis & Gorgon
by phillip h. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/05/2007 10:04:29

As much as I want to love these books, I find I can't. I have read the first three, and I did enjoy them a lot. But there is one issue I have with Mr. Smylie's epic story of "Girl Power & sorcery"-that is we never see Artesia really in any situation she can not handle, she is able to out think, out fight, out plan and out magic every one else in the world. Hell, it could be called "Artesia will not fail". In the three volumes I have yet to see anything that challenges our hero in the least- there are moments where others question her, but she just goes on full throttle, with no real moment of self doubt. This all seems to clearly telegraph where this is all going. One doesn't need to think really hard to imagine what her ultimate victory will be. That is unless Mr. Smyliethrows one heck of a big monkey wrench in, to gum up the works.

This is all unfortunate, every hero needs a tragic flaw, a moment of doubt, a real chance to screw things up- to make them more human. Instead we get a god like warrior queen, who is unstopable.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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