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- Print Length: 376 pages
- Publisher: Mary Holland Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007W6RDBY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is fantasy for grown-ups. Now, it's not light fiction. There are some real social injustices to be considered here. The classification of people into Wid, Zeosil and Shun is very reminiscent of a caste system and those in the lower tiers fair poorly. The reader is forced to face some of humanities crueler tendencies, but it is worth it because you also get to cheer for those fighting the good fight. I'm always a little wary of fantasy books in which characters are trying to change society for the better. Experience has taught me that what this ends up really being is an attempt to remake their fictional world into a moral mirror of the West. I was thoroughly pleased and immensely satisfied to find that Holland created a world and characters with moral quandaries different from our own, in which right and wrong were still identifiable to the reader, and was then willing to leave them alone.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. There is a generational shift in the middle and it slows down considerably for a little while while the reader gets aquatinted to the new main characters. But it picks back up after 2-3 chapters and keeps the pace brisk after that. I have no hesitation about recommending this book. It's fabulous.
Very interesting read. Very impressed by how the author wove her tale of different classes that needed to come to a better understanding of one another. The part of the story that impressed me most was Ani's story. Ani clearly is divided and determined in her mind about her vengeance. Yet she wants a place to belong and call her own. I will definitely check out more works by this author.
Split into two distinct books, the first takes the strong female character of Rhona - a Bone Road traveling trader - from her mother Ilis's death and burial, on a journey with her twelve year old son, Jak. Set upon a quest in promise to her mother's final wishes, Rhona journeys through cultural caste boundaries and life-threatening situations, on the way to fulfilling her promise; to find someone named Salina, and aid her in an unknown task.
The plot is complex, with many facets that explore much of the culture and history of Deo, but it's revealed carefully, clearly and quite grippingly, keeping the reader engrossed. In following Rhona, her son and others gathered to assist, the reader is taken on a journey into hostile lands and to a mysterious discovery. The story also follows Rhona's long-abated romance with Matteo, a lower caste entrepreneur, and delivers a wonderfully touching evocations of a mother-son relationship. It's a sensitive handling that lends a genuine feel of realism to the story. This kind of keen observation typifies the book, making it stand out from the run of the mill Sci-Fi/Fantasy offerings.
Book Two also has a hand in romance, but with a novel twist cleverly developed from an earlier theme, and set somewhat later in time and against a much broader canvass. A faster pace is set, one that carefully leads towards a finely and adroitly handled climax. To say too much would risk spoiling a commendable and involved plot, suffice to say that it keeps much of its surprises intact to the very end, yielding an unexpected but highly satisfying conclusion.
The book is not without its weaknesses. Although the grammar is rarely at fault, its use does often exhibit a less than confident style. Passive, and with some clumsy constructs, it is, however, the novel's many strengths that easily encourage the reader to turn a blind eye. Sometimes that eye is forced back, though, to untangle a loss of focus, or straighten out an aspect of plot, dialogue or setting, but not often enough to detract substantially.
Characterisation is excellent, consistent and believable - both in actions and thoughts, lifting the characters off the page, making them real people, with natural, free-flowing dialogue. Likewise, settings are well described, using a fine sense of balance to deliver evocation without upsetting the pace of the story.
Perhaps some of the more metaphysical descriptions were less than well handled, particularly at the start of Book Two, where the narrative seemed to lose pace and focus as a result, but generally the story moved along very well indeed. It is a relatively long book, much as a result of the wonderfully rich descriptions and incidental background colour, all of which adds to its charm.
The reader will feel completely immersed in Deo, the characters fast becoming familiar acquaintances, and some perhaps even as friends. The reader should feel at home quite quickly, despite the alien nature of the world, and finish with some sadness that it has had to come to an end so soon. The story is self-contained, refreshingly so at a time when it seems almost mandatory to pen only series.
There's a lovely, clear and usable map of Deo, although the author's concise, crisp and accurate descriptions of place and movement make it largely redundant.
For this reader, it was refreshing to encounter a genuinely New World feel to something that hinted at a Fantasy genre, a fictional world that felt no compunction to mimic a European Mediaeval setting. The reasons for this becomes clear at the end, but the distinctly Fantasy feel of much of the novel was certainly made the fresher for it.
And here we come to a salient final point. Certainly an excellent tale, presented as science-fiction, with a fantasy evocation, but there is in fact more to it than that. It's also a mystery, a gentle romance, a study of human failings and foibles, a contemporary social comment, something of a thriller and a philosophical essay, but all done thoughtfully, with a genuinely earnest honesty and much subtle humour.
It's a book that can be enjoyed by more than just the narrow genre it's perhaps aimed at. Its confident use of nuance, and mature appreciation of life should make it of interest to a wider readership. I have, therefore, no hesitation at all in recommending this book to readers of any predilection. They will all find much to satisfy them.
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The people of Deo are divided in two moieties, the Wid and the Zeosil. All of them must, by tradition, pay their debt by producing a child.Read more