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.

6 Comments

  1. Great post Becky 🙂 This was a pretty epic book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    I want to give you a heads up on my post for this tour… my family and I have been going through some stressful things due to this crazy wind storm we had… a large tree fell and did a lot of damage on our property. Another large tree is leaning over our house, threatening to crush it. Unfortunately so much damage has happened in our area that all the tree cutters are overwhelmed and booked. We have a guy that will be coming out Wednesday for us. I’m not wanting to be out of this tour! I will be posting my post late Wednesday or early Thursday, because our computer room is upstairs next to the tree that is leaning over our house. I really shouldn’t be on right now, but I wanted to keep you posted on that and I had a few other things I had to do. I hope the winds were easy on you my Cali friend 🙂 Thanks for all you do and I’ll join this tour soon.

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  2. […] the Champion falls into the category of epic fantasy, as Becky Miller explored in depth, and it borrows from various folk traditions, including Welsh mythology, and Norse lore. Yet […]

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  3. Well expressed, Becky! Though I’m not a great fan of the Legends of Karac Tor, I appreciate that the publishers are putting out more epic fantasy, and I hope it will continue to increase. 🙂

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  4. […] on the tour are saying. You’ll find a list with links to specific articles at the end of the Day 1 post. My turn to share my observations about the […]

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  5. Ryan, so sorry you were a victim of the wind storms! I hope and pray you were able to get that tree removed safely and your home and all of you are OK.

    Let me know when you post your review, but don’t worry about it.

    Becky

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  6. Sarah, you know I hope there’s more epic fantasy too. It does my heart good to see a series like this one.

    The dense world is an interesting element I think. It’s something I need to think about more. Too dense? No, I don’t believe that for a minute. But it feels like too much at times. How can that be? I have to cogitate on this. 😉

    Becky

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