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- Print Length: 345 pages
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- Publication Date: April 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071RQQRB3
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To Fire Called (A Seeker's Tale From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Which brings me to the just-released newest entry in the series, To Fire Called. The book opens with the Solar Clipper Chernyakova, captained by Ishmael, coming out of an extended period of repair after having languished for years of neglect. Ishmael is ostensibly on the hunt for the man who killed his lover Greta, and who escaped into "Toe-Hold" space, which is described as both ignored backwater areas of space and at the same time an underground economy of its own - - very similar, in fact, to the Firefly universe of the TV series. Things are far more complicated than a simple revenge tale, and in fact the hunt for the killer is never really part of the plot of To Fire Called. There are both mystery and thriller elements present as Ishmael, guided by the duplicitous Pip, is introduced to Toe-Hold space and attempts to both make a profit hauling freight, and discover more about the history of his ship, the Chernyakova.
Less attention is paid to day-to-day existence of the various spacers on the ship, and in fact there is so much skulduggery at work that at least two (or is it three, I can't recall - - or care) of the crew are revealed to be government agents. Ishmael's fundamental role as a subservient beta male to various strong women is again reinforced in To Fire Called, with his first mate and his chief engineer, both older women, browbeating and berating him at various times - - presumably he'll gift them with Whelkies to reward them for this. The major plot point - - spacers held in captivity if not outright slavery - - seems lifted from Lowell's other series, the fantasies featuring Tanyth Fairport, in which kidnapped sailors mine gold as slaves.
What's mostly missing amongst all of the deception and double-dealing are the little scenes, the descriptions of food made with strange ingredients - - banapods, darberries, beefalo - - that made the first five books so enchanting. There's a few good scenes as Ismael goes shopping for décor for his captain's cabin, as well as finally finding another tailor with the skill to dress him properly. A few recurring characters make re-appearances. But there are too few of these scenes and too many of trying to wring the truth out of the liar Pip, who is less appealing in this outing than in earlier books, or the minutiae of ship handling as the Chernyakova attempts to avoid destruction in a hostile star system.
About two thirds of the way through the book it appears that something resembling a plot might finally happen. Without giving away too much, I was excited at the reintroduction of one of my favorite characters from the first couple books. I thought the author might even use said character to pull Ishmael out of his funk and breathe some life back into him. Instead we got a brief coincidental communication and a married character who "has probably changed." The climax of the book was about a page, followed by what seemed to be a lead in to next the book, and then a chapter with a time skip in which were told everything was resolved off stage. Utterly disappointing.
When I read a book, I've come to expect a certain level of resolution / satisfaction at the end of it. The ending of To Fire Called completely failed to live up to this standard, leaving me unhappy and frustrated with it. Not recommended.
Update -- Just read the book a second time, and had the same reaction, but more strongly. Wang is still the boy he was before going to the Deep Dark. Is he developmentally retarded? Enough years have gone by for him to have learned how to be a man. Prolonging this development as a literary device may attract readers who have not yet made the transition themselves, but I suggest it can alienate those who are further along. If the author wishes to keep exploring this theme, Ishmael could grow up and then find a protege. I don't think I'll be able to read the book a third time.
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