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Kay's review of The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead

I don't read too many books by self-published authors, mainly because I don't have a lot of time for reading, so I'm really picky. Here's one that I'd recommend, though: 

Tim Stead is a New Zealand-based author who writes epic fantasy. I read this book, The Seventh Friend, a while ago and posted the review below on Amazon. Since then I'm pleased to see he's gained 17 more reviews with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Well done, Tim! 

Kay's review of The Seventh Friend:

This has all the elements you expect of an epic fantasy, such as great battles with a good dose of treachery and strategic manoeuvring, a system of magic (involving animals - I like that), and a host of interesting and sympathetic characters. Information about the world is trickled in so that it is not overwhelming, but leaves many questions unanswered. The main plot unfolds at a good pace, with a satisfying conclusion.

I especially liked the main characters of Wolf Narak and Pascha of the sparrows, to the extent that I found myself wishing to see more of them. (Luckily there are more books in the series). The author also surprised me - of two rival characters presented near the start, rather than concentrate on the more sympathetic of the two, he shows us the exploits of his rival. After I overcame my surprise, I enjoyed seeing this character develop.

I felt that the book was not as dark as the blurb might suggest. Essentially it's a story about ordinary people becoming heroes, and, conversely, about gods who are essentially ordinary people. I can't help a spoiler, here. There's a great bit of dialogue in which the "god" Narak confesses that he does not believe in gods.

The "bad guys" the Seth Yarra people are also interesting. The author takes a dig at religious dogma (or so I understood it), by showing how their rigid societal rules, while a source of unity, are ultimately their weakness.

If you are looking for a fresh, new voice in fantasy, this book is a good one to try. I wish it was in paperback, though, as it's a long one to read on a screen.

This book is available from Amazon 

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