As reviews for this book start coming in, I plan to post them here.
I want Book 2 NOW!, September 8, 2010 by NF of Allen, TX
I’ve never written a review before – but this was just such a fun read that I have to say something, even though it won’t follow a “review format.” Other reviewers have told the story. I just want to say that a friend recommended this – I had a long trip ahead, so I figured I’d take it along. WOW! It was SO much more than a trip’s time-filler! The characters and their relationships are so real. The locations are described perfectly (I’ve lived in or visited two of them – and the author obviously has, also!) In fact, details in all the scenes enable one to “be there” without having to plow through long, drawn-out descriptions. Speir seems to know just what to include! The story moved along, gaining momentum until I was flipping pages like crazy toward the end, not able to lift my nose out of the book for a minute!
I think what I loved most – besides Speir’s great ability to envision and tell a story – was the aspect of honor and selfless goodness being elevated, without the book’s being “schmaltzy” or “goody goody” at all. In way too many books/movies/TV scripts today, goodness equals weakness. But Speir’s characters are “men’s men” and “women’s women” – strong, caring, intelligent, trustworthy – and still very very real and possible.
I want to spend more time with them! I’m so glad there are two more books on the drawing board. Get them into print NOW! And – hire the producer, and get going on “Knights of the Saltier: the Movie”!