Thursday, 2 February 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: A Tale of Easie Damasco 1: Giant Thief - David Tallerman

Release Date: 02/02/12


Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer. Yet even the wicked can't rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Even then, Damasco might get away in one piece - if he'd only stop at stealing a giant and keep his hands off the warlord's treasure. Damasco's spent his whole life on the run, living by his wits. But can even he outwit an enemy who'll stop at absolutely nothing to regain the priceless artificact he's stolen from the warlord?


To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this title as when the lead character is the anti-protagonist, all bets are off as to what will unfurl and their reaction to them. That’s what makes this type of character so exciting for Fantasy Readers although to be honest the one thing that you have to watch is the sheer glut of them coming out of the woodwork in more recent times.

What David’s character of Easie does is grab you by the throat from the start and drags you along on his hair brained schemes as he seeks not only to outwit those in hot pursuit of him, but also old friends who are after the bounty. It’s clever, it has a wonderful sense of brain (Easie) and brawn (provided by Saltlick the Giant) as the whole tale wends its merry way through your brain.

It’s satisfying, it has some almost comical moments and when you add to the mix the authors no holds barred attitude, it’s a story that sets up for a series remarkably well. Great stuff.

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