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The author, as is her style, plunges the reader into an unknown land with little explanation of its ecology and natural laws, holding in abeyance our desire for concrete understanding until it unfolds through the action and narrative. This is part of the magic, especially because there is reference in the plot development itself that we may be looking at more than one level of reality. The action is fast-paced, and we are quickly drawn into caring about the dilemmas of the protagonist and the moral decisions with which he is faced. Because his world is multilayered, both a reality and a game, there is a somewhat philosophical tone to the developing action, an aspect of the book I found particularly enjoyable.
All in all, a great read. I ended up buying another copy so I could share it with a friend.
it seemed like there should be back and forward material. Is there a book two ?
The central character, Jamie Pel is the secondary heir of the Magne of Pel, his uncle, and he doesn’t want or expect to ever take on the role of Magne, but when his uncle and cousin (the primary heir) are killed, he’s thrust into not only the job but also a power struggle between magnes of the different demesnes. Jamie doesn’t know what to do or who to trust, but if he doesn’t do something the whole land could be destroyed.
The book is well written with the kind of tension on every page that keeps you reading long after you should have turned out the light. The characters and relationships are complex and well-drawn, and the book has the right balance between description and action. Jamie’s adventures aren’t restricted to the physical world either, his experiences in the void between the demesnes are fascinating.
I recommend this to all who love fantasy and are thirsting for something a bit different.
I received this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review.
Jamie is tipped headfirst into what feels like a war zone, then into magic, and then, as if he wasn't over his head already, into politics, magne-style, where friends and enemies just won't stay put. Buried motivations move people in ways he can't anticipate, while he wrestles to unravel the puzzle of strange powers - or is it the puzzle of 'aberro'? Simply super.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest and objective review. I'm so glad!
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