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Beautifully-written fantasy (for the most part),
This review is from: Powers (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book after reading the sample because the language engaged me so much. I hoped it would continue to for the course of the book, and with a couple of exceptions it did. The book contains a lot of description, to the point where some people might be annoyed by it. I was not. It quickly became apparent that this was how the main character, Albert, experienced the world, with an acuity of senses.
To tell too much of the story means spoilers, so I will say only this much: The Amazon book description is accurate, but to me it made it sound a bit like an urban fantasy a la the Dresden Files. It has a few things in common with that milieu, but this book felt like it carved out a genre niche of its own. Urban fantasy implies a heart in the city, tied to humanity. This story went far beyond that. It explores our myths and their roots, from the points of view of characters who had very personal reasons for finding these things out, and those reasons had little to do with humanity.
I said there were a couple of points where the language did not engage me. The two main characters have extremely strong characters because of how they're described throughout the story. Their relationship is odd but it does develop slowly and each advancement is earned. Until at one point they step off a cliff with it. After that, in their personal banter their interaction felt stiff, not real in terms of what I'd learned of them to that point and how slowly they usually changed. The rest of the book was so good, it felt like a fail in terms of, well, romance. That sort of relationship needs page time to be believable, and I didn't feel it here in their "lighter" moments. I felt it at the anvil though.
So to summarize, I liked the book a lot, though I could do without the so-called sexy banter. It was beautifully descriptive with strong, memorable characters and places, and I wouldn't mind reading more stories from the same universe. And I think it has more in common with Zelazny fantasy than with the urban fantasies I've read lately.