The God Box by Barry B. Longyear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Untrustworthy narrator, reality-hopping adventure, and an almost snark-worthy box-companion that always gives people what they need.
Not what they want, mind you, but what they need.
Add the Shadow Captain on the way to destroy Korvas and so much more, the Hero archetype to oppose him, and a pretty interesting prophesy setup, and the tale shaped into something a lot more solid than I originally thought it'd be.
Our unlikely hero had to WORK to get it right and I was impressed with his dual journey.
It's more of a classical, moral-driven fantasy rather than a sword and sorcery, mind you, but it shares a lot of the same tropes. And that's just fine. :)
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