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The story arc of discovery and search for meaning while on a journey into the unknown was not new, but the world in which it took place and the particulars of the characters struck me as unique and brave for an author publishing under the banner of an RPG company. Few are the tales of vulnerable dragons and confident women alone in a dangerous world.
The story may strike some as slow and somber but I found it rang with a determination of will and self in the face of a life with little guidance. I suppose it reminded me a little of my own childhood in some ways.
I would recommend getting the squeal as well. The first book does a great job setting the stage but the dragons journey is far from complete at the end of the story. While tempted to deduct a star for this, I can't help but lavish the book some extra love for its originality and resonance with my own experiences of self discovery.
The other two main character are a human looking robot who was also made by Gonard's Master, who is more of a traditional robort, with the same complete lack of humour as Data of StarTrek fame.
The third member of this motley crew is Itsa, an asteroid miner with a very irritating accent. I applaud the author for creating such a unique voice and words such as 'clappers and flappers' which I think referred to body parts, as well as 'jive' 'jig' and 'mummers' which I wasn't too sure about on occasion.
Unfortunately, apart from the world building, which consisted of a sentient living crystal city, isolation domes and stone age hunter-gatherers, I didn't find this one a page turner.
Three stars for inventiveness.
This is richly imagined tale that tackles some thought-provoking themes, such as the possibility of artificial intelligence developing a soul. Gonard, a being who was built to serve but no longer has a master, is an interesting and highly unusual character. As we follow his search for a new home and a purpose to his existence, I found myself increasingly sympathetic to his plight. The other main characters are varied and distinctive, with both Itsa and the medtech’s motives for accompanying Gonard called into question, which creates an undercurrent of conflict throughout. On the downside, I found the accents of a few characters slightly overdone, especially Itsa, and I think that less would have been more with regards to dialect. My main criticism, however, and the reason this book loses a star in my rating, comes close to the end, where Gonard is faced with a moral dilemma. Without wanting to give too much away, he makes the wrong choice in my view, something which tarnished the growing sympathy I’d felt for him. Still, this is a work with plenty of literary merit. The writing is crisp, skilful, and at times quite beautiful, and although the pace is occasionally a little slow, at no point was I bored. The plot and setting are weirdly unique and, in my eyes, constitute an impressive feat of imagination. There are also some engaging SF elements, which, as a fan of the genre, I particularly enjoyed. Perhaps my favourite was the city, an intelligent crystalline organism that has spent millennia tunnelling up towards the surface of the Earth and is stimulated by the sound of human song.
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The three characters are flat. They have about the same character depth as carrots.Read more