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The characters felt so real to me, and their story had me gripped until the very end. The prose is exquisite, the world created in these pages a masterpiece. I was rereading whole paragraphs just for the enjoyment of hearing the words in my head a second time.
This book is too rich to speed through, though, so don't expect a light read. The reader is not spoon-fed; there's a bit of an investment here that is very rewarding if you choose to take it. It takes time to fully enjoy, even though you'll want to rush to the end for a resolution.
But at the end it's obvious there will be more books. I did some searching online and found the author mention that she'll be working on a book #2 and #3. They can't come soon enough. I feel like I need to skip back to the beginning and start it again. It's that good.
I have to mention that when I read the "woman taken prisoner" bit in the synopsis I was reluctant to read this. What that often means in fiction (especially fantasy) is some kind of objectification, abuse, or rape, far too often made titillating. There's none of that here. This female character is written with dignity and the author does not resort to this overused trope as an easy way to deepen her struggle. Her struggle is fresh and creative and there's not even a threat of rape anywhere. Thank you to the author for this. And if anyone else is hesitant to read this due to that, there is no need to worry.
I will be thinking about this book for a very long time...
Not this book. Every word is important. Every sentence is a brush stroke in a complex picture. Ms. Lowachee is a master storyteller.
The first two chapters are heavy going - a lot of new labels to be absorbed, but once done the story moves on carrying the reader to surprising places. This is not light reading, nor will the picture fill out to become anything expected. It is not a romance; do not expect happy endings with hugs and kisses. For me, as a female reader, it is refreshing to read a book where female characters are not automatically hit upon.
The stage is the inevitable conflict that comes with the invasion of a continent by new colonists and the original inhabitants are pushed aside. The "melting pot" was originally someone else's home and they are not pleased to be "assimilated" and bow out for these trespassers. Both sides fight with what resources they have. In this novel, the invaders try to use a tool unique to the "abos" and the results are disastrous. When the end is reached, it will feel like it was all inevitable.
Ms. Lowachee has lived in the Arctic and has a feel for this unique land. Her talent is in writing tragic characters; people shaped by the families and worlds they are born into. She tells the stories of how they deal with these forces and their fight to make a world they can live in.
This book is the opening for that drama. This reader wants to continue the ride.
The settlers send an army with rifles and guns to protect their newly acquired properties against their former dwellers. But this is not a mere material war, it is a spiritual one, too. The native people have ankagos among their tribes, individual humans blessed with second soul, a soul of a feral god.
The settlers are protected by their own seven gods (3 female and 4 male deities) but those gods are not rooted there. Still, the sheer number of the settlers seems to indicate that they have already won and that they now dictate the rules of living for everyone.
One general decides to increase his power grip by using an ankago to gain forbidden knowledge. His decisions and doings set things in motion that cannot be reversed and the outcome will not be as expected.
I bought this book in 2010 when it came out because I enjoyed Karin Lowachee’s previously published trilogy set in space. I find her characters deep and her understanding of Iniut mythology fascinating. Her language is very poetic. Reading the book now a second time I love it even more.
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