read …… highly recommended…….. 5 stars
In "Sapphire of the Fairies: Book one of Sword
of Heavens" Writer Tuttle has produced another humdinger in his
delightful first in a series. The enterprise is filled with the well
developed characters, pithy dialogue and fast paced action we have
enjoyed in Tuttle's previous works. From the opening line where we are
drawn into the action with the screaming of an unseen woman right down
to the last paragraph when we at last understand role of "The
Sapphire of the Fairies" and what it portends for Arik the reader
is held captivated.
Arik and Tedi are much more than they might appear
when first introduced, the villains are filled with enough evil to
thrill and the champions are heroic in every sense. Author Tuttle's
written output only improves as he continues producing volume upon
volume of excellent work. The twists and turns of plot are a delight as
always. One nice addition to this manuscript is a full page map of the
diversified areas offered in the various series of works to date.
Enjoyed the read very much.
this century's leading authors of innovative fantasy tales."
Richard S. Tuttle's "Sapphire of the
Fairies: Book One of Sword
of Heavens" starts seventeen years after his "Targa
and appears to be an excellent follow-up to that series. Characters
are well fleshed out, through description and imaginative dialogue
techniques. Action abounds throughout the book, as do the
growing relationships between the characters.
One thing I really like about Mr. Tuttle's writing (I've read
several of his books), is how well he can describe everything
without being overly prosy. But I was disappointed with some of
the characters' names (e.g., "Pixy," for a fairy - so
me, when I expect more imagination from this author); and the
first paragraph of the novel, as I feel Mr. Tuttle could have
hooked a reader much better by following up and emphasizing on the
first sentence, rather than by jumping to the setting's
history in the next couple of sentences, then introducing two
characters, one with name, the other without. To me, that first
paragraph was unsettling. But after muddling through it, the
pace picked up and was maintained throughout.
Even though disappointment was caused, Richard S. Tuttle's
imagination and writing talents continue to amaze me, as I'm
sure it does his other fans. "Sapphire of the Fairies,"
opinion, is another writing success for Richard S. Tuttle, who
I believe is one of this century's leading author's of innovative
fantasy tales. I highly recommend "Sapphire of the Fairies:
One of Sword of Heavens," for the book is sure (again, my
opinion) to become a collector's item in the future, as will all
fantasy novels written by Richard S. Tuttle.