Publication Date: February 19, 2013
In The Call of Agon by Dean F. Wilson, Ifferon is one of the last half human-half god descendants of the god Telm. His father vanquished Agon, a terrible beast, and Ifferon is tasked with making sure that the beast doesn’t return.
Wilson’s writing style starts off very stiff and formal, forcing the reader to wade through verbal sludge backtracking frequently to make sure the meaning is caught. On the other side of the sludge is an epic fantasy, and what becomes clear to the reader, is that formality is nothing less than these characters and storyline demand. What makes “Lord of the Rings” great is not only the story but the way that Tolkien lifts us with language. Wilson accomplishes a similar feat when his set up brings us to a world that many of us could never have imagined.
I must applaud Wilson on the tone he accomplishes in The Call of Agon. There are hopelessness and fear that frequently shine through the story line which causes the reader to wonder if any of the characters will get out alive. That sense of suspense is invaluable and often lost in modern fiction. Action scenes are described with a deft hand. There is a separation between the action and the narrative that is chilling and at the same time, adds to the sense of urgency within the story.
The Call of Agon is not for everyone. The novel is especially well crafted and detailed. If you’re looking for things you might recognize you will be disappointed. This is an incredibly detailed world like none I’ve seen before with that medieval bent that these sort of novels often have. If you like novels like “The Lord of the Rings” this novel is probably for you. Wilson builds a unique mythology, religion, eco-structure and a world the construct is flawless. He embeds poetry into his culture and storyline that are complex and show an author who didn’t just sit down one day and decide to write a book.The Call of Agon took a great deal of planning and likely checking as the story progressed.
The Call of Agon poses a classic question. Can we save ourselves from this terrible fate that seems to be inevitable? Can they? You must read this novel. I look forward to the next installment of this fabulous fantasy author.
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