The strange thing is:
Why, in every fantasy novel, is the evil always *way* more powerful than the good? Even in Lord of the Rings, I have the idea that:
- Saruman is more powerful than Gandalf.
- The Nazgul King is more powerful than both Gandalf and Saruman.
- They all can't even begin to compare to Sauron... let alone Morgoth, who is Sauron³.
And still, they all are all around the same age, as they're all Maiar. It seems the more evil you become, the more powerful you get.
Also, many fantasy stories seem to be an ending, instead of a beginning. Lord of the Rings always refers to the Second and First age, The Sword of Shannara refers to the Second and First war of the races (and even a world before that), for example.
Sometimes I have the idea that I need to quit reading fantasy for some time, because once in a while I get the idea that I'm reading the same story over and over again, just replacing the names of the persons and the magic "stuff" they use