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Caligation Paperback – July 15, 2017
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About the Author
Brhi has been writing ever since she could put pen to paper and daydreaming in every spare second. She adores fantasy of all kinds but has a special love for urban fantasy with a dark edge.
Her fascination with different places and cultures has seen her living overseas for several years, though she currently resides in Australia. This time abroad has strongly influenced her writing, much of which focuses on strange new places.
In her spare time, Brhi enjoys reading, video games, tabletop RPGs, going for long, solitary jogs and music. She can be contacted on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The book could be improved dramatically by simply employing different typeface for different species, so helping one with the shifting scenes and characters. Changes in physical script would have also helped to give a greater variety of voice. Okay- this sort of typeface manipulation is frowned on by many literary purists, as of course traditional standards of grammar and sentence construction can make any point of view shift perfectly clear, but I think that this book is a case in point for the use of such devices. There is such a complexity of ‘communication’ between the characters, and a such a strong requirement in the writing style to shift focus quickly, that I think a mix of unorthodox cues for the reader is entirely justifiable.
So why then am I actually very positive, able to report that I enjoyed the book so much? Well, clearly it could be a lot better with a comprehensive rewrite. However, this is great entertainment. I had no trouble in finishing the book, when usually with so many structural faults I would have abandoned it very early on. Stokes’s writing draws very clear pictures and plenty of colour. I got a very strong sense of what her strange creation looks and feels like. The story and the speculative thinking behind the book is strong, bringing together many mythological ideas and rebuilding them in an intriguing way. With comprehensive editing this could become a really good fantasy novel rather than just a really good story. The ending is very thought provoking. I liked that very much.
Like a number of very good books, “Caligation” by Bhri Stokes is a little slow to begin. It gathers pace steadily, but once the fantasy setting is established and the characters and their affiliations are sorted out, the narrative takes on a remarkable energy and interest.
All the characters are strong and very well drawn, and the changing points of view enhance the depth of the narrative. Of particular interest is the use of talking animal spirits, reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s dæmons. These apparently unavoidable attachments, which tend to become personalities in their own right, help the reader to understand the characters’ motivations and explain their behaviour.
As well as completely believable world building in the novel, there is plenty of action. In fact, there is a great deal of action and violence, accompanied by an often gritty dialogue. But it is through this the author establishes the fact that life in this very strange city, is fundamentally harsh. As a fantasy, it is not a pleasant one, but the author draws the reader in with a very firm hand.
The protagonist of the novel, a naïve young man, does his best to make sense out of the incomprehensible surroundings he finds himself in and to accept and work with the other characters, some of whom are very strange indeed.
The strongest thread controlling the novel, is the tension which gradually builds around the main character as events progress. The fact that the full revelation of his significance is held until the very final moments, demonstrates the author’s high level of technical skill.
Because a number of subsidiary storylines are used, there sometimes is a certain confusion in the narrative, but the author’s richness of imagination and accomplished writing style carry the action forward to result in an excellent and enjoyable reading experience.
Highly recommended to readers within and beyond the Fantasy genre.
Most recent customer reviews
Has a lot of good reviews, I think this is purely to taste though.