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Shardik (Beklan Empire #1) 1.5I ll be honest, the only reason I read this book was because of the reference to Shardik in Stephen King s Dark Tower series If you are a DT fan like me and plan to read this one, let me give you some advice don t bother The book is long and boringend of review. I went into this book knowing very little about it, other than the reference to Shardik the Bear in one of Stephen King s books in the Dark Tower series I did have some prior experience with Richard Adams, having read enjoyed been impressed with Watership Down and The Plague Dogs In fact, while reading Plagu I knew the title from a Stephen King reference The Waste Lands and picked it up because of my interest in predator worship myths Shardik, a great bear revered as the power of the divine, is very much a Monster of God in the sense that David Quammen writes of in his book by that title Unlike real bears, who nosh whoever happens to get in their way, Shardik never eats someone who doesn t deserve it though I daresay he may have snacked on some innocent cattle The religion Adams creates is I knew the title from a Stephen King reference The Waste Lands and picked it up because of my interest in predator worship myths Shardik, a great bear revered as the power of the divine, is very much a Monster of God in the sense that David Quammen writes of in his book by that title Unlike real bears, who nosh whoever happens to get in their way, Shardik never eats someone who doesn t deserve it though I daresay he may have snacked on some innocent cattle The religion Adams creates is neither ancient a la Clan of the Cave Bear nor quite Christian, but something of both God Those front cover graphics are absolutely stunning, but beyond that, this book is a beautiful, brutal and courageous fantasy novel with so many intriguing surprises. When I read a Richard Adams book, it takes over my whole life Every event in my life mirrors what the characters are going through I stay up way too late reading so that I can see the characters through to the end of the scene His books are way too real to me. DNF 40% This was somewhere between boring and like Okay maybe Like it could have been good but it just wasn t grabbing me. Ever since I ve read Watership Down I ve been a big Richard Adams fan This book makes for pretty heavy reading, and I won t deny it took me a while to get through it The pacing could be quite slow at times, but I think it is well worth sticking through Shardik is epic fantasy, and nothing at all like what he created in Watership Down You could argue that the book isn t even about the bear, but the events that surround it One thing I first noticed about the book was how original the storylin Ever since I ve read Watership Down I ve been a big Richard Adams fan This book makes for pretty heavy reading, and I won t deny it took me a while to get through it The pacing could be quite slow at times, but I think it is well worth sticking through Shardik is epic fantasy, and nothing at all like what he created in Watership Down You could argue that the book isn t even about the bear, but the events that surround it One thing I first noticed about the book was how original the storyline Shardik Is A Fantasy Of Tragic Character, Centered On The Long Awaited Reincarnation Of The Gigantic Bear Shardik And His Appearance Among The Half Barbaric Ortelgan People Mighty, Ferocious, And Unpredictable, Shardik Changes The Life Of Every Person In The Story His Advent Commences A Momentous Chain Of Events Kelderek The Hunter, Who Loves And Trusts The Great Bear, Is Swept On By Destiny To Become First Devotee And Then Prophet, Then Victorious Soldier, Then Ruler Of An Empire And Priest King Of Lord Shardik Only To Discover Ever Deeper Layers Of Meaning Implicit In His Passionate Belief In The Bear S Divinity One star means I didn t like it overall, not that it was terrible I loved Watership Down and The Plague Dogs I knew this one wasn t going to be a talking animal story That s fine with me Talking animals are not something I seek out in fiction anyway My biggest problem with Shardik was that I never connected with any of the characters Kelderek was especially flat He changes a lot over the course of the story, but he always feltlike a magicless marionette than a person to me Add to t One star means I didn t like it overall, not that it was terrible I loved Watership Down and The Plague Dogs I knew this one wasn t going to be a talking animal story That s fine with me Talking animals are not something I seek out in fiction anyway My biggest problem with Shardik was that I never connected with any of the characters Kelderek was especially flat He changes a lot over the course of the story, but he always feltl , 60,.

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