Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book Review: Heir to Power by Michele Poague

Heir to Power was an interesting read. Stylistically, it reminded me of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson with its strong world building and multiple character viewpoints.

It is a fascinating world, there is no doubting that, with a lot of thought having gone into creating the religious system, the different mythologies, and the societies that are vastly varied in beliefs, language, and even things as simple as the weapons and technology.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows I am a character writer. That also makes me a character reader. That's what I love most about reading. It always has been and I imagine it always will be, and it was probably my favorite part of Heir to Power. The characters voices were strong and I really found myself sympathizing with so many of them in their plight to live up to the expectations of their society and yet long for something different.

The only problem I really had with the book was there were so many characters I occasionally got them confused, and then as Michele continued in that character's head, I fell in love with them all. Every time.

Overall, if you are interested in traditional fantasy with strong world building elements and intriguing characters, Heir to Power is just the book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.

6 comments:

Angela Brown said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to add this one to my TBR list. It could use some choice fantasy recommendations.

Sunday Smith said...

I think you will find it interesting. I certainly loved it. Fall of Eden, the second book, is very well done, slightly tighter and faster paced.

The characters are just as strong and I cried when one of my favorites is killed... and I cried at that spot each time I read the book ...ummm 4 times...

Karen Hoover said...

I love crying in a book. Crazy, I know, but I love it when the author manipulates my emotions like that. I'll look forward to reading book 2!

Nisa said...

It sounds like exactly the kind of book I love. Thanks for the review. I'm adding it to my pile now. :D

Jessica L. Foster said...

This review had me from the line about Mr. Sanderson and Mr. Jordan as they are two of the greatest writers in the universe (and I was just thinking how I need to find more books like theirs) and strong characters is another thing I love about books. This book, for sure, is going to my to-read list. Thanks for the review!

lisasanuma said...

I just missed reviewing this one myself... it sounds great! Thanks for the review, Karen!