Enemy Glory Reviews
“Michalson’s work is brought off with such high finish and such an overall level of craftsmanship that I believe the author of Atlas Shrugged could not help but admire it.”
— Jeff Riggenbach, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Fall 2004
Enemy Glory was a finalist for the 2002 Prometheus Award.
Enemy Glory was one of the books that received the most votes for the 2002 Locus Award for Best First Novel.
Enemy Glory was chosen for Locus‘s Recommended Reading List of Best First Novels of 2001.
“Karen Michalson is definitely not lacking in imagination, and some of her writing is nothing less than pure poetry. . . . Enemy Glory is at once the story of Llewelyn’s life, his progression through the magical arts and the search for personal identity, and a story of political corruption, betrayal and intrigue. . . . I was most impressed with the author’s grasp of feudal economics. In fact, Karen has dotted her literary landscape with scraps of social commentary that alternately made me smile, giggle, and clap in appreciation. . . .Her tale of a town’s response to chaiaweed is a very thinly veiled statement on the futility of this country’s drug war, while her crack about government wizards hardly needs explaining. The reader may not agree with her sentiments, but is it not enough that they give one pause?”
— Cristy, Score! Magazine, November 1, 2001
“Karen Michalson’s Enemy Glory (Hardcover from Tor) which I got from the library has an anti-hero, too. We first meet Llewelyn, a magic-using priest of an evil goddess, in the north country where his ban against going there is killing him. An old friend helps him with medicine and judges him by hearing his story – a very neat tale unfortunately only started in this book. Llewelyn is a very sympathetic character who is prone to use other’s weaknesses to advance his own causes. This first tale is the tale of his training. The best part of his learning takes place in a monastery devoted to evil gods and goddesses and supporting evil ( mind twisting concept). I found a number of times that Llewelyn’s penchant for practical jokes was extremely funny (I loved it when he decided to make a simple half-hour test last a day and a half) and I can’t wait to read the rest of his tale.”
— Henry Leon Lazarus, Tome of Lazarus, August 2001
“Michalson’s debut effort deserves praise for her wonderful characters. Llewelyn is multidimensional, and may not even rightly deserve the title of villain. Michalson demonstrates considerable skill in showing the reader his side of the story, so that evil no longer seems so black and white. . . . With a main character that could talk Hannibal Lecter into becoming a vegetarian and liking it, Michalson’s series promises to grow more interesting as it progresses.”
— Kristin Chin, The Davis Enterprise, March 15, 2001
Enemy Glory was a recommended read at ivillage.com in early 2001.
Enemy Glory was the featured novel for the week of February 2, 2001 on StarVoice, a multi-media site that, at the time, was receiving over a half million hits per day.
“Within the pages of Enemy Glory, I think there really is something for everyone who has ever questioned the morality of authoritarian institutions and those who run them — churches, schools, governments, armies, the IRS, etc. If you’re taken in by the purity of those intellectual ivory towers, think again. Michalson effectively smashes carefully crafted illusions with resounding clarity and reality. . . . Enemy Glory is a thoughtfully crafted piece of language art that demands to be devoured, delectable piece by delectable piece. This novel isn’t for speed reading fanatics, but for those wanting some serious questions and issues to mull over while enjoying a multitude of unusual images and some convincingly manipulative characters. It’s a great book for igniting discussions about tough issues. Michalson demands the engagement of your intellect when you enter her intensely enjoyable world that mirrors ours in sooo many ways.”
— Eva Wojcik-Obert, Fantastica Daily, February 2, 2001 Read the entire review.
“This twisted, compelling fantasy is intriguingly different . . . . the first in a very promising series.”
— Carolyn Cushman, Locus, Issue # 481, Vol. 46, No. 2, February 2001
Enemy Glory made the Fantasy/SF/Horror “A List” at writerswrite.com.
“This well-crafted first novel about a wizard’s education, a sort of Harry Potter on downers, strives for a baroque density reminiscent of the Gormenghast saga . . . . Readers who enjoy wallowing in opaquely introspective gloom will have a field day.”
— Publishers Weekly, January 8, 2001
“Epic, mythic, and yet grounded in real emotion, Enemy Glory is the best kind of fantasy, a sprawling, multi-layered saga of war, gods, intrigue, and magic. Karen Michalson creates worlds within worlds and manages to light them all with loving detail. This is a writer ready to explode on the fantasy scene. Disconnect the phone, cancel your appointments, and stock the fridge for the long haul: Enemy Glory will make you want to wallow in the pure joy of reading, all over again.”
— Jack O’Connell, author of The Skin Palace and Word Made Flesh
“A colorful, broad-ranging fantasy, with unusual twists.”
— Samuel R. Delaney
“A complex, colorful saga.”
— David Drake