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The Beginning of a new Beginning Nov 11, 2007
In the land of Inan, war has been waged for centuries. At the beginning of "A Kind of Peace," from the series "Dreams of Inan," the nations of the land have finally made peace. Can it hold? What will the people, so used to war, do? The story moves to the characters populating the world to help, in a way, answer those questions. The main character is Simeon, a warrior of Bethel. and he finds himself being a soldier with no place to fight. Another character tells him, "You're the best suited. A good warrior and a man who can handle the situation with tact and discretion." Simeon is assigned to guard a mage. He runs into a series of incidents after one guard is killed. The mage, Ramus-Bey, is an older character, and begins to watch out for Simeon as they travel through many dangers. In one scene, Simeon spots a mysterious creature outside the castle and investigates. Simeon comes close enough to the creature, close enough to watch it kill another person. He is surprised that, later, the mage he is assigned to protect seems afraid. The core conflict early in the story is between Simeon and the mage he protects. The mage seems disturbed by the protection Simeon has been ordered to do. Ramus-Bey offers the warrior of Bethel little but disdain. This conflict changes over the course of the story. The mage offers Simeon respect after he puts his life on the line. The mages of Inan have the power to turn the lands to dust, but have trouble against direct assault, as their age shows. Simeon finds he is more important in protecting the mage than he originally thought. Overall, the writing of this novel, which opens the "Dreams of Inan" series, can be surprising in its depth. It isn't perfect, but is very entertaining in its depictions of characters and action scenes. Andy Boot has a winner with "A Kind of Peace," because he lets the characters move the story.
Abaddon books, the publisher of several fascinating speculative fiction series like "Dreams of Inan", is hosting a new wave of British literature with its line. "Dreams of Inan" should just be the beginning of successful storytelling in the future from this publisher.