Reviews of Magic Engineer, the (1994)
Review by archaic (2007-06-29)
Once again Modessit writes an intriguing novel that although lacks a strong plot pulls the reader in nonetheless. The day to day life of Dorrin, the smith/healer protagonist, is so descriptive and engrossing that it absorbs the reader letting them forget the lack of a substantial plot. The novel seems to have a bad habit of repeating itself for 300 or so pages rambling on about smith work and the lack of funding for certain projects Dorrin wishes to accomplish. When the novel finally reaches its climax it passes by so rapidly that it takes several times of re-reading to understand what happened. Although the book had several flaws it does deserve credit for a fantastic ending that finishes the book in an exceptional way.