Book Review: In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia #1) by Stephen J. Lawhead
‘Do you trust me?’ ‘I trust you as much as I trust any man.’ ‘Hmph! There speaks a suspicious man—a wary and skeptical man.’ ‘If so, perhaps I have earned my suspicions.’
Lawhead doing what he does best: light epic fantasy. A fun read with the right mix of protagonist stupidity and nobleness to hook epic fantasy fans. Fast paced and readable. Loosely based on the geography and history of Ireland.
‘Our lives may be forfeit, but Brecan must be stripped of power or he will become invincible—and all Eirlandia will pay the price.’ ‘Put like that, a fella would have to be a fool to accept.’ ‘Aye. And you, my son, are the very fool for this chore.’
Like most Lawhead works, male centric. The women characters seem to exist solely to define the men. Not necessarily bad, but noticeable. Even the men (good, bad, and other) tend toward the stereotypical.
“Thus, the world is changed—not with a sword, but with a word.”