Author: Mel Odam
Review by: CL4 Jaina Smith
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I was disappointed with the start of this tale, I admit. It seemed to reek of a Tolkien parody. But then, I am a Tolkien fan, and perhaps criticized it to hard from the beginning. If you ignore the almost insane subtle similarities to Tolkien in the first chapters, the book is rather good in its own right.
It tells the story of Edgewick Lamplighter, a librarian of Halfling stock, who spends far to much time dreaming of adventure. His dreaming ends him up involved with pirates, sold into slavery and adopted into a gang of thieves before he manages to get back to his library bearing a careful account of his misadventures.
His education comes in handy though, in a world were only mages and wizards read and write, saving his skin, and the hides of those around him on occasions when swords and theft cannot.
Fantasy lovers will enjoy this extremely humorous book. Despite my misgivings, it is a rather brilliant tale of wee folk in the styles of both Terry Brooks and J.R.R Tolkien.
Title: The Rover