Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Ruby Knight

The Ruby Knight

David Eddings

Date: 13 November, 1991   —   $6.99   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

If you are familiar with Eddings' style, you will recognize this as a very Eddings-ish book. You have the wisecracking friends with snarky comments. You have the slightly mortified older woman who is much older than she looks. You have a somewhat mystic personage who makes cryptic comments (and who is also snarky sometimes.)

And, of course, you have the epic quest, because what is Eddings without the hero quest? This is a man who studied Romance (Roman, not romantic) Literature, and who probably had Joseph's Campbell's concepts engraved on his brain long before he ever encountered Campbell's work. So you have the repeatedly frustrated quest for the magic object, under severe time pressure, and you know they're going to win out in the end, because this is heroic fantasy.

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