|Plot Summary of Gideon's Dawn|
|"Gideon's Dawn is a complex epic of heroic adventure set in a unique, mysterious world where two magical languages—one borne of creation, the other of destruction—are building toward an ultimate war for dominance.
For generations the Council Lords of Phallenar, sole keepers of the language of Destruction, have ruled the lands unopposed, having long ago destroyed all those who spoke the language of life, and suppressed the knowledge of their tongue so completely that in time it became little more than legend.
And yet one tentative hope remained. Certain prophecies from ages past continued to rail against the Council's rule. They spoke of a coming redeemer, one who would shatter the Council's strength and remake the world with a power not like their own.
Then one day, a stranger named Gideon appeared. No one knows where he came from or how he arrived. But they know he has power. This is no ordinary sojourner, they whisper. He may be the answer to ancient prophecies of doom and deliverance. Or he may just be Gideon Dawning, a graduate student from Texas, in over his head in a world beyond time…
Michael D. Warden, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Gideon's Dawn|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- sensitive (sigh....)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Mental/magical powers focus
- clash between evenly matched magical power(s) (fantasy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one human from different culture of other humans
Intense exploration of society's culture?
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- an organization
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can change shapes
- fire/thunder/weather cntrl
- mind control
- can cast all sorts of spells
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- quite fatty
- Domed/Underground City
- current (early 21st century)
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- very controlled society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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