- File Size: 4026 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: Sorcerer's Ship Press (March 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T1UPL5O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Coincident - The Best of Men part 1 (Song of Ages) Kindle Edition
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an enigmatic book, the “Song of Ages”, around which move a wonderful array of characters from the ordinary to the imperial.
The language is poetic, rhythmic, lyrical, inventive (“Dressed for a pageant, she was power incarnate prettied to be less frightening”; a landscape is “inviolable as a matron”; “weeds grew everywhere, tall and bitter”, “the procession produced a rattling, skithering noise”). The book’s most enchanting pages are those which contain a superbly mysterious poem:
A deep-swimming Kraeken, an’eldvildret monster
Crawl forth upon the slakit land …
But this is not to say the language of 'Coincident' is obscure. Characters’ speech can be earthy, colloquial (“bonkers”; “tommy rot”; “the buggers!”; “There we are then, problem solved”; “all right, all right, keep your hair on”).
I have a personal weakness for rich, invented names. 'Coincident' contains a superb range of them: Gaz, Fox, Seama, Garner, Grek, Peveril, Xandra, Mador, Bhadrada, Mart, Chaldonie, Fel Awdrey, Athoff, Morgan Trant, the Kellinghalles, Bassalo, Bellus, the Sirdar, Waldin. The place names, too are (practically without exception) deeply satisfying: Asteranor, Earnor, Errensea (which are all portrayed in the book as finely drawn maps), the continent of Sullinor, the city of Pilgrim’s Bay, “the woody paths of Pars’ heartland”, Kentreth’s Grave (“a name given by men to the pass of land between the Hurgals and the Dedicae”). A public house is called “The Dog’s Last Breath”.
'Coincident' is not for the weak of heart. It depicts extreme hardship, mutilated limbs, “torment and cruelty and terror”. And the plethora of characters and locations might confuse a reader who takes his/her eye off the ball. That said, I rate Jones as one of the best of fantasy writers – and 'Coincident' as an extremely fine book.