Thursday, January 8, 2015
A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson
A friend gave me this book to read in college. I absolutely loved it at the time. It was the book that got me reading fantasy novels. So when I came across it again the other day at the library, I decided to pick it up and see if it was as good as I remembered. I still enjoyed the book. I immediately got engrossed in it. However, this time reading it I was struck by how many twists there were in the story. It seemed like there was a new plot twist every 20 pages or so. It was a few too many. I was also struck by the fact that the main character was female - uncommon for a fantasy book from that time. She was written as being both the hero and the victim - so it was a little confusing at times. For example she had to continuously remind herself to think which annoyed me as a reader. Female leads are usually written better than that now - although for the time it was a good step.