Fargoer - The Beginning
eBook (PDF), 60 Pages
We welcome you to step into the dark northern forest. A place where no plow had touched the ground this far in the wilderness. Where the tall shapes of Viking ships struck terror and awe everywhere they set their sails. This was the age of dreams and legends, of powers now long forgotten. Tales carried by whispers in the cold wind in this dark land. Vierra is a young woman among the Kainu people, a tribe of age-old traditions and ways. Hers is the grim and solitary existence of a woman cursed with greatness and destiny. Can she break her path painted in stone and find a place for herself in her tribe and in her turmoil-filled world? Or will she become 'the Fargoer?' Fargoer is a series of fantasy short stories that draws its power from the harsh yet beautiful nature and folklore of Finland. The combination of fast-paced action and wonder for the long lost worlds of yesterday borrows heavily from pulp-literature of the 1930's... with a bit of human touch and drama in the middle.
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Oct 12, 2012Before saying anything else I must confess that I have a soft spot for prehistoric times, nature and the life of hunter-gatherers. Therefore my review of the first three books in the saga of Fargoer may be little biased. The story is placed in prehistoric Finland where the female protagonist, Vierra, goes trough transitions and adventures in her early adulthood. In the first book it becomes clear that the destiny and the spirits have set aside a special path for the main character to follow. Some of the twists and turns reader can foresee, but there are enough unexpected turn of events to keep one intrigued. I really liked how the telling was paced. Hannila takes skillfully his time to set out the mood for scenes the story progresses trough. If you have your own fond memories of wandering in the forest, the story will vividly take you back. You can almost feel the sun on your skin and smell the ground as the words paint the scenery. Most of the time the story progresses very smoothly.... More > There are some places where in my opinion the continuation of the story is unnecessarily underlined. A example of this is in the very last page of the third book where it is stated that the words Vierra spat "... would haunt her for a long time in years to follow.". At least for me this feels unnecessary. If the haunting will become clear later I'm certain we will be reminded of these words then. However, this is so minor grievance that it is hardly worth mentioning as it does not take anything away from the enjoyment of reading such well written historic pulp fiction. Also, it may be that these few sentences that catch my eye are a byproduct of translation from Finnish to English (IIRC the books were translated by the author). Otherwise the translation is very good, and as far as I can tell the English is excellent. I also liked how the action was presented in the books, although for prehistoric fantasy violence could be even more realistic, grittier and uglier portrayal of darker side of human interaction. I really enjoyed reading these books and will wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is into fantasy fiction. It is rare to get so nice and well written (and edited) fiction with such a bargain (3 cents/page). I really look forward to reading the next parts of the series.< Less
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- Petteri Hannila (Standard Copyright License)
- July 31, 2012
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