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Last Rune #01: Beyond the Pale

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ISBN13: 9780553579345
ISBN10: 0553579347
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From a brilliant and versatile new fantasy talent comes the first book in a breathtaking saga of dark magic and shining redemption.<P>Reality is unraveling in the dusty Colorado town of Castle City. Strange symbols are carved into storefronts, and ancient legends come to life. Saloonkeeper Travis Wilder is handed an ornate iron box and a mysterious mission. And in Denver, where dead men walk, ER doctor Grace Beckett is witness to a terrifying and inhuman scene of carnage. Theirs is a destiny shrouded in a coming darkness, a destiny that draws them into the otherworld of Eldh....<P>Eldh is a land of gods and monsters, myths and runecraft, conspiracy and blood. It is a world that has secretly coexisted beside ours for millennia. But now the boundary between worlds is crumbling in the face of a monstrous evil. And if Travis and Grace cannot save this strange land, then both worlds may pay the price.

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In this epic fantasy--in which Earthly reality is transformed into something greater, and where even an ordinary person can become a hero--Travis Wilder isn't much of a pub owner, but he is about to become a pivotal figure in a rising battle against a darkness that could destroy everything he holds dear.

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A strange rift in ordinary reality draws saloon owner Travis Wilder and ER doctor Grace Beckett into the otherworld of Eldh--a land of gods, monsters, and magic that is sorely in need of heroes. 

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emmejo, May 7, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Travis Wilder was a barkeep in a small Colorado town, Grace Beckett was one of the best medics in the ER. But on a strange, snowy night these two strangers are sucked into another world. Travis ends up with a wandering bard, who has terrible news he means to spread to the local kings. Grace is picked up by a grim-faced knight, who brings her to the castle where The Council of Kings will meet. Hopefully these two and the friends they make will be able to defeat the evil power that is waking up.

This book was a bland re-hashing of way too many fantasy tropes and I was wincing at the number of scenes and situations ripped from The Lord of the Rings. Yet I finished it, at first because just as I concluded I couldn't force myself to read any more something just interesting enough happened, and later because I was 200+ pages in and might as well finish it up.

There are a few interesting elements here and there, and I liked Grace's character, but nothing original. Every single character is a neat, cookie-cutter version of characters we've seen before. Every situation is overused to the point of utter predictability.

The writing is mostly bland with the too frequent wince-inducingly bad sentence. The writing and phrasing is as cliche as the rest.

It's a fine read if you just need something light, but don't expect a great story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553579345
Subtitle:
Book One of The Last Rune
Author:
Anthony, Mark
Publisher:
Spectra
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Colorado
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, American
Subject:
Inscriptions, Runic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Last Rune
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19991102
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
638
Dimensions:
6.80x4.10x1.20 in. .65 lbs.

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Product details 638 pages Spectra Books - English 9780553579345 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this epic fantasy--in which Earthly reality is transformed into something greater, and where even an ordinary person can become a hero--Travis Wilder isn't much of a pub owner, but he is about to become a pivotal figure in a rising battle against a darkness that could destroy everything he holds dear.
"Synopsis" by , A strange rift in ordinary reality draws saloon owner Travis Wilder and ER doctor Grace Beckett into the otherworld of Eldh--a land of gods, monsters, and magic that is sorely in need of heroes. 
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