Illmoor, a country of contradictions, conflict and chicanery.
It is also a country riddled with magic, both light and dark,
and has a capital city overrun with rats. And now the nice
young man, Duke Modeset, hired to rid the city of its plague
has run off with its children, and unless the Duke can track
him down and bring the children back, he's dead...
one well known fable, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (or
der Rattenfänger von Hameln to give it it's proper
title), set it in a popular universe - a Lord of the Rings
style setting packed with Kings, sorcerers and dwarfs- and
you have, in a nutshell, The Ratastrophe Catastrophe.
first impressions are not overly positive. And it reads like
any one of a thousand Tolkien spoofs - step forward Terry
Pratchett. Author David Lee Stone's writing is engaging, it
is amusing, but it is hardly original.
said that, it is certain to appeal to a young generation that
is growing up on the Harry Potter series. And, as this
is undoubtedly who this book is aimed at, it sure to become
popular with this corner of the market.
his credit, Stone seems to know his audience from the outset.
It's just that In
a genre that is already full to bursting, this offering serves
up nothing new.
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