Science fiction and fantasy
by David Feintuch
The author excels himself in his portrayals of statecraft, and the sleight-of-tongue matches are riveting. In Uncle Mar we see shades of the Richard III of popular imagination. The action is frenzied yet believable, with wounds festering and casualties never being confined to the opposition. This pace continues until the end of the book, and left me looking for the sequel. After almost 600 pages it could have done with winding down a bit more.
For all that, Feintuch brings much needed restraint and depth of character to a genre which is often hard to take seriously. It's a believable fantasy for adults with uncommon attention to detail. Recommended.
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