Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
The Will of Dargan: Phil Allcock, January 29-February 10, 2017
My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊
Sometimes returning to your childhood can be amazing and nostalgic; sometimes it can be a crushing disappointment.
I’m not going to say that the story is awful, because that’s not really it. I mean, en route to the elves where a fellowship of nine people will be briefed on preventing a bad man from using an inanimate object to enforce his will on everyone, the main character is injured and needs to be treated with some elf magic before an array of seemingly pointless but doubless vital gifts are given out. It’s kind of familiar.
There’s nothing wrong with cliché, especially not in fantasy where it’s pretty much expected, but there has to be some originality in there too. The Crafters, for example, are a nice touch: Air, Land and Water Crafters who are expert in their element and consider it superior. Like Pokemon for Middle Earth. But it’s just not enough.
The churning sentimentality of the great friends who met all of five minutes and one biscuit ago doesn’t ring true and so it all seems forced. It’s like the characters are all playing a part and that makes it extremely difficult to invest. You’ll really, really want to care – but you just won’t be able to.
It’s far too familiar, shallow and contrived and that just makes The Will of Dargan seem like a parody without the funny bits.