Ghost Of Achilles - Better Than Harry Potter?

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Is Ghost Of Achilles - True Ogre by Chris Sorrell really the best fantasy read of 2010? Or as some say, 'better than Harry Potter.'

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Will Ghost Of Achilles - True Ogre by Chris Sorrell become the next fantasy phenomenon?

In July 2010, Chris Sorrell released his first novel 'Ghost Of Achilles - True Ogre' and immediately sparked some interest amongst fantasy genre die hard's as well as the more casual fiction reader. Long time fantasy fan's have been declaring 'Ghost Of Achilles - True Ogre' a new 'must read' as it fulfills the premise of being 'epic' without the often overused cliches which form the basis of the genre.

With running themes of revenge, loss and ultimately hope and it's central characters have a resonating depth to them which serves to enhance the feel of the tale. The plot itself weaves into sub plots/themes but gets wrapped up very snugly at the end in a way that suggests in the most obvious fashion that this is two parter. It also has to be said that there is a wonderfully descriptive cinematic feel to it which whisks you away into pure escapism. With the underlying plot of the young protagonist, Ghost, trying to come to terms with the capture of his father, Achilles to the True Ogre, Voldek, the reader is allowed scope for an endearingly emotive read. There is a fine blend of melancholy and hope which ultimately produces not only a technically well written book with purpose but one with real mas market appeal.

Similar to Harry Potter, one of its themes is a coming of age of the central character who does all he can to adjust to the never ending pressures of his situation. The strange goings on and unexplainable events that litter the landscape in Ghost of Achilles would also not look out of place in the Potter series.

In saying that though, there is a clear and original narrative in Ghost of Achilles and a wonderfully flowing descriptive style which in my opinion sets it apart from a lot of the fantasy genre. Cinematic in feel, it manages to convey all the necessary emotional impact that one feels would be realistic in the situations the character find themselves in.


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