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Wildmind by Clive Anthony
I do appreciate an author of fantasy that also has a knowledge of our own world history. Wildmind limits its delve into the fantasy genre to the use of magic of the mind. Beyond that, this intriguing story draws parallels to a period of history known as The End of the Roman Empire.
Anthony creates new characters and places in an empire known as Searleddon. However, the story itself draws upon a part of the history of one of the mightiest empires the western world has known. Rome had conquered lands and grown its empire into vastness, but eventually fell to invading hordes of Huns and Vikings. How could such a fate befall such a great empire?
The answer lies in a false sense of security. What had at one time made an empire strong had been lost through generations of those that had become decadent and arrogant. Under appreciation for those talents and skills and strong minds weakens the very fabric of a society. When the strength of outsiders and invaders is united on a grand scale, the once all powerful empire will crumble.
If you are like myself and enjoy an original story that combines fantasy with parallels to our own history, then Wildmind is the book for you. The only fault I could find in this well written epic is that due to the large cast of characters, at times I found it difficult to remember who was whom. Perhaps a little more individual character development could help remedy this. That said, the action sequences are impeccable, the story line is faultless and Anthony certainly does a good job of world building.