CSFF Blog Tour – Corus The Champion By D. Barkley Briggs, Day 1

Epics. They are so much more than the average novel — histories and languages and prophecy, symbols and cataclysmic stakes. With D. Barkley Briggs‘s series The Legend of Karac Tor, we have an epic story.

Yes, in the wonderful tradition of writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and Stephen Donaldson, Briggs writes interlocking books that depend on one another to tell the entire story.

For readers, epics create an interesting challenge: if you read the first book when it comes out, you have a wait before the next edition releases. Certainly anticipation may rise, but what about forgetfulness? That, too, may rise. Hence some readers hold off buying until the entire series comes out. With a well-discussed and lengthy series like Harry Potter, that would be a difficult task in and of itself.

Epics are also challenging because they are about some place new, as in, no one has ever heard of it before. Consequently, a good map is a huge benefit in reading high fantasy. Often times the cast of characters is expansive and the names unfamiliar. In fact, there may be an entirely different language and certainly a new and unusual culture.

Why, then, would anyone want to read something so Other? Precisely because it takes readers beyond the bonds of the Primary World (as Tolkien called it) with which we are familiar. My contention is that we humans know there is more to life than this life, the perishable-ness of it, the mortality, the fading glory. We long for a glimpse beyond, and epic fantasy gives us that.

We also long for right to win out over tyranny, for good to find love as well. We want the noble to be compassionate and the great to be selfless. In short, we long for God. Epic fantasy at its best, gives us just such a glimpse.

The Legend of Karac Tor fits nicely into this category of epic fantasy. Corus the Champion is the second installment, a bridge between the accomplishments of the first in the series, The Book of Names, and the newly released book three, The Song of Unmaking.

What a fantasy readers’ dream — three books in the series available at once!

Take some time over the course of this week to see what those participating in the tour for book two have to say.

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