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Elegy Beach Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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Learning about this new world was a lot of fun, as was meeting the characters along the way, thanks to Boyett's dry wit. He is not satisfied with using standard fantasy elements, which would be fine with many readers; he breathes life into what could have been clichés by giving plausible explanations for why things are the way they are. It makes for a very rich and robust story.
A rich read that's a page-turner at the same time - I know that any lover of fantastic journeys would love this book.
I think this book could stand on its own, but I am such a huge fan of Ariel that I have to suggest reading that one first. Both are special in their own way.
The characters in this book are different from Ariel, but I think that's ok - its great to bring out new characters. They are the descendants from the first book and they are attempting to understand, control and I guess you would say... organize or bring structure to the new "magic" that inhabits the world now. Sort of like scientists have done with physics in our own past. Very clever. I don't want to say too much more or give spoilers. Suffice to say if you liked Ariel, you will enjoy this greatly.
The author's writing is fresh & enjoyable, a really great read!
Elegy Beach rejoins Pete and Ariel decades later, when they're older, wiser, and a bit more jaded. Interestingly, the story isn't told from their perspective, but from that of Pete's son. It's an inspired choice, one that helps Boyett create a compelling, poignant, beautifully nuanced novel by letting us see these familiar characters through fresh eyes.
Boyett is just as gifted with language as he's ever been, and his well-crafted plot is fairly airtight--no small task for a sci-fi/fantasy book, especially one this long. In fact, I'd argue that his talents have grown over the past 30 years. It may help to (re)read Ariel before tackling Elegy Beach, but it stands on its own, too.
The novel picks up 25 or so years after the first story ended. Peter has settled down on the West Coast, has raised a son, lost a wife and is now living out his years in one of the communities which have banded together to survive in the post-Change world. His son, Fred (yes, named after his sword), is learning how to be a caster. He seems to have some skill, but like most young people is looking for shortcuts.
He and his friend, Yan, seem to have "cracked the code" for creating powerful magic. Yan embarks on a quest to magnify and solidify his power, and Peter (along with Yan's father and Peter) are forced to go after him to try to stop what may be yet another doomsday for the world.
I'd recommend re-reading Ariel. While written 26 years before Elegy Beach, it still holds up well.
I felt that many of the issues and questions which were raised in the first book are, if not resolved, at least discussed. This is not to say we find out what caused the Change itself, but more related to the motivations and actions of the characters who we were introduced to in the first book.
Ariel was a book which I had read a long time ago, but the story and characters had remained with me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and finishing it I felt a sense of closure. I actually wouldn't mind another installment, to see what Fred ends up doing with his life.
Ariel became a cult classic, and now, 25 years later, Boyett finally returns to the world of The Change with the long-awaited sequel, Elegy Beach.
Elegy Beach picks up about 20 years after the events of Ariel, and shifts to the West Coast, where Pete's son, Fred, is a young man growing up to be a talented caster. He and his best friend, Yan, try to apply scientific principles to the study of the magic that infuses their world, and for Yan, a taste of power only fuels his desire for even more.
The events that unfold next can be summed up in a scene where Fred thinks to himself, "In the air above the mountains in a battered gondola of a wounded airship on my way to confront my former best friend holed up in the ruin of a former castle while he perfects the casting that will reinstate the old world's order I am talking to a unicorn about whether the centaur following us is carrying my captured father. Um, ok...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend reading Ariel first, just because it also is a great read. I really liked the idea of a world with magic adding in when most other end of the world novels are just... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Walt Fitzharris
Great follow up to Ariel. I have read this book multiple times it is great!Published 6 months ago by Ariel Lynn McFarland
I picked up this book and "Ariel" at a used bookstore awhile ago. I'd never heard of "Ariel", but generally like post-apocalyptic fiction. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Douglas
A friend gave this to me, and I began it very slowly, but became quite passionate about reading it as I advanced through the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marc Johnson
The original book Ariel was amazing idea for a story. Earth suddenly experiences a shock where half the laws of nature stop working. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Gary
Often times you see a movie or read a book and -even though the story wraps up nicely- you are left with a sense of longing. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Since1791
I read Ariel when it came out back in the day -- never realized at the time, until after I read the afterword, that the author was as young as I was at the time. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by M. Peterson
Ariel is only the best fantasy book ever written-took a long time for the sequel Elegy Beach to come out-am glad it did-it is just as good-it will leave you wanting for more-if you... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by RMF
Boyett not only tells a story but turns its heart inside out. Please...write more! Also, check out The Architect of Sleep--too good for words.