Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I've Finished Reading: The Last Ringbearer

          The Last Ringbearer
          by Kirill Yeskov

When I began this novel, my first thought was “Oh no, not another writer who is so devoid of ideas that he has to ‘borrow’ from famous literature!”

You see, The Last Ringbearer uses the characters and world created in the renown The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the first 5 pages, that is obviously clear. Then the dread sets in.

Yet, I continued reading. And I’m so glad I did.

While based on Tolkien’s creation, this novel turns everything upside down. I won’t spoil any plot lines, but let me say that the main action is based on everything that occurs in Tolkien’s novels, but seen from an entirely different viewpoint. Throughout the novel, I kept remembering the saying: History is written by the victors.

This novel has a great sense of detail. It mixes realism and some magical elements with ease. It’s political. It’s extremely detailed. It’s funny. At times it reads like a documentary. Other times is an action-adventure. The mixture of these elements is blended perfectly.

Yeah, it’s great.

I highly recommend this to anyone who’s even slightly entertained by Lord of the Rings, even if it’s only watching the movies. For those super fans, this is a must read. I found it thoroughly enjoyable.

Oh, and it’s free. FREE! A pdf file has been uploaded by the author. Unbelievable.

It can be downloaded here.

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