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Review: 'Fell' by David Clement-Davies

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FellFell is the sequel to David Clement-Davies earlier book, The Sight. The Sight was an excellent book following a wolf family, living in Middle Ages Transylvania, as they struggled through a prophecy and learned to deal with a legendary power and the crazed aspirations of an ex-pack-member.

Fell claims to deal with the mixed destinies of a wolf, Fell, and a human child, Alina. In reality, Fell is relegated to a minor character in his own story, only getting about a fifth of the chapters, and the aspects that might have interested fans of The Sight have been vastly minimised.

Flayrah contains reviews of Clement-Davies' previous books The Sight and Fire Bringer (which is similar to The Sight but deals with a herd of deer living in Britain slightly after the events of that book). Another review of Fell, feeling pretty much the same way, is written by Darfix.

The biggest change to Fell from both Fire Bringer and The Sight is the inclusion of human characters. Humans have not been absent from the other two books but played only minor or supporting roles, and I don't think any humans in The Sight had speaking roles. In Fell the main character is actually a human and the vast majority of interactions are those of humans. Fell is nearly the only animal character – a huge mistake in a sequel to what was undoubtedly an animal fantasy – and, apart from in a short run of chapters near the end, is the only recurring character from The Sight.

Nearly the only function of the sight here is as a tool of prophecy and to allow mental communication between Fell and Alina. Clement-Davies also uses the sight as a way to communicate with all animals because, unlike in most animal fantasies, his characters can only understand those of the same species. Still, this is poor use of it's true potential, which includes the ability to see through the eyes of birds and control the minds of other animals (but not humans).

For having far fewer characters than in The Sight, there is very little development or connection to them. The human characters appear very one-dimensional and Fell never really had much of a personality after the sixth chapter of The Sight where he was essentially turned evil. The main character change is of a minor character and only revealed right before the end. The reunion with the old wolf pack is well done, but meaningless to those who haven't read The Sight, and too short and with too few familiar characters for those that have. That said, this section is the only part that is true to The Sight and contains a far more evil villain than the human one who dominates the story.

Too often the book attempts to be philosophical, at times when it's completely inappropriate. This might have something to do with the lack of characters to interact with. While putting forward some good messages – that man is also an animal, that it's up to us to protect the environment and that religions are nothing more than stories like fairytales – it is done with no subtlety and makes the book appear preachy. As much as I might agree with some of the points, they often failed to support the plot and broke the fantasy.

The storyline itself is nothing special, following a fairly standard fantasy line of prophecies and travels climaxing in a final battle. However, it falls short in that it doesn't contain the features one expects when coming to the story. It's a huge change from it's predecessor and that only serves to alienate those coming to it from The Sight. This results in a story that is decent but feels disconnected and, despite having strong areas, overall is disappointing.

Fell is available on Amazon for $13.97 hardcover, $9.95 paperback and $5.99 on the Kindle. The Sight and Fire Bringer are both $8.99 paperback.

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Squeee! I'm just about to finish The Sight (thank goodness I read past the point in the book where this article would ruin the story for me), and it looks like I've got another book to add to my list. Those other books might have a bit more waiting to do.

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I reviewed Fell for Anthro back in 2008. I didn't like it, either. http://anthrozine.com/revw/rvw.patten.11.html#fell

Fred Patten

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I guess you mean the part where you find Fell is still alive. ^^; I tried to avoid spoilers but in all fairness there's no way to review Fell without giving away that he survives. I hope you enjoyed The Sight though.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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This series is stupid. When I started the first book, I liked it...but then I realized...ITS ALL F*CKING CHRISTIANITY. WTF. Wolves-- WILD WOLVES-- Should NOT be christian. But no, the author just ad to give the wolves some stupid human religion, and call it by a different name. Sorry, but I hate Christianity...and I just wish I could find some good, un-biased furry fiction.

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Wait, what?

Rakuen Growlithe is calling it "preachy" in its "religions are nothing more than stories like fairy tales" theme and you're calling it Christian with expletives and abuse of the caps lock function.

Also, too much Christianity in furry fiction is seriously the greatest complaint ever.

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He's talking about The Sight. The wolves have a religion which is pretty much a copy of Christianity and it's themes. But although it's based on it The Sight doesn't push for Christianity at all, that's just a base it uses. In Fell, Fell and Alina both become disillusioned with stories of fairy tales and religion and a number of paragraphs are standard criticisms of religion.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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I'm glad that for once I could find some furry fiction that actually had wolves AND some sort of Christianity.

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I don't think it is based on Christianity. I am a Christian myself, but that does not matter about my opinion. The thing is its like if you write a book based on an idea you got from a different book. Its the same idea. Make a fairy tale religion based on a religion you know of.

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Well, it may not be, in fact, Larka pretty much said that they were only fairytales, but was still neat to see that the religion was based on Christianity.

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Clement-Davies books, The Sight and Fell, are anti-Chrisitan, being blantant examples of Pantheism, which he seems to delight in shoving down readers' throats.

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I just kind of made up my own little ending to it all. ;3 better luck trolling me next time.

EDIT: Oops, misread it. I thought that you were referring to the ending, but as far as the religion in general, Davies simply splits the three parts of the Christian God into three separate entities and changes the gender of these entities.

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Sounds pretty heretical to me!

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A little, but when you take all of the factors into consideration, such as the fact that many people in the Christian church still don't understand the "three in one" part of God (It kind of correlates: Father - Fenris, Son - Sitta, Holy Spirt - Tor), and that it is geared toward the lupine way of life, then it makes sense. The main tenants would obviously vary slightly due to the fact that they are wolves and not humans, so the purpose would be less of salvation and more of a force to guide them into doing right.

Anyway, I only said that I thought it was neat that it was based on Christianity.

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Even if it were advocating Pantheism, that doesn't mean it's attacking Christianity or monotheism in general.

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Just because it's promoting a different viewpoint doesn't make it an anti- viewpoint.

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@TwilightShadow1 No, sorry, wasn't referring to the end of the book but the volume in it's entirety. He goes farther than what you suggest (I caught what you're mentioning beginning with The Sight). Check here for more info, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism Remember that the "Guardian's" name is PANTHEOS.

@Equivamp Not hard to draw that conclusion when throughout the story he keeps pushing how it's all (religious beliefs) either fables, faerie stories or outright lies.

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Most atheists would say the same thing. It doesn't mean every atheist is anti-religion.

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On another track, it would have been far more interesting (to me) had the author fabricated all of his own material for religion, mythos, fables, etc, and not drawn so heavily on rearranging and retelling already existing material-- i.e.: Little Red Riding Hood and the like. It gave it a "been there read that" feel. Take me somewhere new and refreshing or don't take me there at all. jmho

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Now that, I do agree with.

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yes

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Pantheism can't be *that* smart if Christine O'Donnell signed up for it (however briefly).

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a student and Growlithe from South Africa/Austria, interested in science, anime and power metal

I'm a fur from South Africa, now living in Austria, who got into the fandom through my interest in pokemon and writing fanfiction. Outside of furry, I have spend a lot of my time in gaming (particularly Dota 2) and science.