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Son of Avonar by Carol Berg Review

Title: Son of Avonar

Author: Carol Berg

First published February 1, 2004

471 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780451459626 (ISBN10: 0451459628)

Rating: 3.77


“Rebecca Bloomwood is back and this time she’s on her honeymoon with the love of her life, Luke. But when they find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere, Rebecca’s shopping addiction takes over.

With nothing else to do, she decides to explore the local boutiques and before she knows it, she’s on a shopping spree. But things take a turn for the worse when she realizes that she’s been sold counterfeit designer goods.

Determined to get to the bottom of this, Rebecca embarks on a thrilling adventure to uncover the truth behind the counterfeit ring. Will she and Luke be able to catch the culprits before their honeymoon is over?”

About the Author

Meet Carol Berg, an accomplished author in the epic fantasy genre. Her impressive collection of works includes The Books of the Rai-kirah, The Bridge of D’Arnath Quartet, Lighthouse Duet (winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award), Song of the Beast, and the Collegia Magica trilogy.

Berg’s educational background is equally impressive, with a degree in mathematics from Rice University and a degree in computer science from the University of Colorado. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software engineer.

Currently residing at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Berg is a proud mother of three grown sons.

Editoral Review

Carol Bergs Son of Avonar is a remarkable exploration of the human experience, set against the backdrop of a richly imagined fantasy world. Bergs stunning writing style sweeps readers off their feet and immerses them in a story filled with complex characters, intriguing world-building, and compelling themes.

Son of Avonar follows Seyonne, a former slave and current member of the Ezzarian army, as he is sent on a perilous and life-changing mission. Along the way, Seyonne encounters the enigmatic Prince Aleksander and becomes embroiled in a deadly political conspiracy that threatens not only the kingdom of Ezzaria but the entire realm of the Derzhi as well.

Bergs writing style is evocative and descriptive, transporting readers to a world full of magic, danger, and intrigue. Her characters are multi-dimensional, their motivations and actions as complex as the world they inhabit.

Seyonne is a particularly fascinating character, his history as a slave and his experiences with the demon race giving him a unique perspective on the unfolding events. The pacing of the book is spot-on, with action-packed scenes seamlessly interleaved with slower character moments that flesh out the world and deepen the emotional stakes.

Bergs mastery of plot and structure is evident throughout, with each twist and turn serving to deepen the story and propel the reader forward. The themes explored in Son of Avonar are as nuanced and complex as the characters themselves.

Berg tackles issues of identity, power, justice, and redemption with a deft hand, weaving together a tapestry of ideas that challenge the readers preconceptions and provoke deep thought. If there is any flaw to be found in Son of Avonar, it is perhaps that the ending feels somewhat rushed and abrupt.

However, given the overall quality and impact of the book, this is a minor quibble that should not deter readers from diving into this world. Son of Avonar is a masterpiece of the fantasy genre, a book that will engage and challenge readers on multiple levels.

Fans of authors like Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson, and George R.R. Martin will find much to love here. Highly recommended.