It is difficult to review independently a book by a friend and correspondent since 1967, especially since I have personally witnessed much of his fiction work 'growing up' in that correspondence over the last 25 years. Indeed, under various titles, he has been writing 'Warriors of Love' for that great length of time, and a projected 12-novel series is now being (re)written and published in books: HERE.
That is why I am dying to read the thoughts of other readers about what I consider to be important literature, aspects of which may deter as many other aspects will attract. I genuinely believe these to be well-written (easy-to-read but satisfyingly textured) novels, but ones that need care and a sense of trepidation. I personally do not relish all their aspects but as a gestalt I relish what I sense is now evolving: a serious literary, but stylistically readable, treatment of childhood, growing up, poignancy of the human condition, history as a concept and an experience, religion, spirituality, a positivism (that often doesn't chime with my own negativism), feminism (that also doesn't necessarily chime with me), gender, slavery, adult sexuality, i.e. a believably tangible fantasy world that really exists on the page and in the mind, but also containing things that I worry about but hope to cease worrying about given acclimatisation to the world PFJ has created. We shall see.
Whatever the case, they are books of 'fiction' upon which any serious reader needs at least a view of some sort. I really want to know those views. It is otherwise hard to be objective.
I wrote a detailed real-time review of the above book last year HERE before it was a proper book.
Yesterday, I wrote a thumbnail review of it on its sales page: HERE