The Burning Man
Author: Tad Williams
Written in: 1998
World: "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn"
Tad Williams is an US fantasy and science-fiction author. Wrote nearly 20 Novels. He is the Author of "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn", "Otherland", "Shadowmarch", "Ordinary Farm" and "The Bobby Dollar Books" series.
His other Novels are:
Tailchaser's Song (1985)
Child of an Ancient City (1992, written with Nina Kiriki Hoffman)
Caliban's Hour (1994)
The War of the Flowers (2003)
I plan to read all of his nonseries - standalone novels. I already read "Child of an Ancient City", now it's time for "Caliban's Hour".
I'm still not sure what to think about this author. Even after reading two of his books, I'm not able to say if I'm interested in this author or not.
His novels are rather very different from each other, they vary in narration and worlds. But they have two things in common: the mysterious atmosphere and tragic touch.
"The Burning Man" is written in the first-person limited narration. I personally don't like this kind of narration cause it narrows my own knowledge of the happenings and hinders in becoming a better view in the ongoing situation. I this novel it becomes even more difficult to follow as the main character stands far from the events and don't understands and don't know plenty of things. Most of the book consists of the main character's speculations, perceptions and sentiments.
The main character is an old woman telling the story of her youth. She doesn't sounds old throughout the story, though. It's more like she prepares herself to die and think about her life once again. She is filled with sentimental feelings and have some kind of an uneasy conscience, which makes her go through the most incredible and important events of her lifetime.
Events that changed her and left a huge mark on her life.
The Burning Man is an exciting and thought-provoking story about life and death, love and fear, and innocence and betrayal.
In the Land of Ost Ard there stands an old castle. Abandoned, empty... cursed. Or at least, so the legends tells.
Breda is about to live there. She is scared, but also excited as a child. But then, she just get used to this strange place, which she has to call home from now on.
Her life is filled with saddness. Her mother dies, and her new father - Lord Sulis, seems not to notice her at all. She is lonely, and left alone by everyone.
But then, one day she fells in love, and her life is filled with plenty of light, like never before.
But evil things are about to happen. Her father is plotting something, something very strange, that involves the burning man. Something bad is about to take place in the nearest future! Someone is about to die. Her love is in danger. Then her beloved follows her father into the very deapths of the ancient castle and the deapths of the soul to set the black fire.
(There was no reasonable summary to find anywhere, so I had to write it by myself.)
The beauty of this short novel lies in the love story of this book.
I cant say much more about it though, cause it make the intergal part the climax.
It wasn't boring, even if nothing happened, all bcause of the mystery.
One would want to know what happens next all throughout the story, till the very end.
The story is overall sad and tragic, but somehow also very calm, distant and reserved, because of the main character's attitude.
I will still recommend it, though it wasn't as great as I expected it to be, considering the limited narration and this not so interesting story frame setting, but the story itself makes it worth reading.
Story: 5.0 / 6
Writing Style: 3.9 / 6
Overall: 4.0 / 6
0 - Zero / You won't be able to read more than 5 sites anyway, so why bother to start reading it at all?
1 - Very Bad / Forget it
2 - Nothing new / a great book to fall asleep
3 - In the Middle / Can be Read
4 - Good / Worth Reading
5 - Very Good / Great
6 - Excellent / Masterpiece (Rare, very rare)