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Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield

OK fantasy novel - first part of a series

Shadow of a Dark Queen - Raymond E. Feist

The first part of a series called the Serpentwar, this novel is all about a fierce campaign between the human race and the Saaur, a race of serpent/lizard creatures hell-bent on conquest. The main character, Erik, is a blacksmith who gets embroiled in this conflict against his will. Other characters abound and luckily there's a list of them at the beginning of the book if the reader can't remember them all.

There's not a great deal of fantasy elements apart from the odd show of magic and some interesting individual characters. Elves, dwarves etc.. are mentioned but do not feature greatly.

Not a bad read - and I'll plough through the rest of the series at some point - but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.