Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Princess of Amathar - 3 1/2 of 4 Stars


A very nice and favorable review of Princess of Amathar was recently posted by James Reed on Digital Spotlight Fiction Review.

Mr. Allison mixes old and new technology in the work, so it isn’t just a “Lord of the Rings” rip-off like many others in this genre. The Amatharians are a race described as having blue skin and I immediately thought of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which in itself was like Fern Gully and Pocahontas crossed with The Smurfs. There is enough originality in Wesley Allison’s work where it seems familiar to us, but new at the same time. There are sword battles with creatures as well as laser gun fights involving aircraft like Return of the Jedi, minus the Ewoks.

The writing style is simple, yet not without its moments of wit and genuine charm. Some may point to the simplicity of the writing to be a point for deduction, but I found it adds to the appeal of this story. There were points in Mr. Allison’s novel that reminded me of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
 
Read the entire review here: http://digitalspotlightfictionreview.blogspot.com/2010/09/good-wesley-allison.html.

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