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Without giving away any more, this is the kind of book I love to get lost in. The world was so real that I dreamed about it at night. Emily is going down as one of my all-time favorite characters in fiction--a Scarlett O'Hara for the a new age.
I can't begin to understand how a writer comes up with their characters and their worlds, but I'm so happy they take the time to put it on paper so I can enjoy so many hours in their company. I'm now off to read the third book by this wonderful author, and I'm hoping he writes faster than I read. I'd hate to run out.
Story type: file under fantasy and war, coming of age, and female heroines ... but that really doesn't tell you enough.
The world is richly imagined and highly detailed the war is gritty desperate and real, the female character strong, often desperate and played and shaped by circumstance.
It gives nothing away to say that the protagonist joins to fight a war against her county's enemies, you learn this in the opening pages but it lacks how human she is - and how vivid the world is. along the way the world expands the back story is fleshed out and our heroine gains in strength.
The setting of the world is vivid and mildly fantastical, though in no way is this a Lord of The Rings esq setting. Indeed the world in which the story is set is an equivalent of the 1800s where two countries, previously the closest of allies, are tied in a war to the knife- both seemingly riding riding the rollercoaster to mutual distraction. So dire are the circumstances that in the case of our heroine's homeland they are even sending women to the front.
Our heroine starts off straight from the pages of a Jane Austin novel, though even from the get go one can see she has a fire lacking in many of Austin's character's but then she is shaped in a different world and quickly forged by circumstance.
Guns of Dawn is apparently a standalone novel and after the 700 pages one is left fairly satisfied. Like a good meal, one is left wanting another bite, more both of our heroine's story and more of that of her world. But perhaps like a good meal, or certainly a good pudding, its best that it ends where it does - even if there are a few [not many] loose threads. In the case of food its keeps the meal from becoming cloying, and in the case of the story it allows the reader's imagination to tie up those few loose ends and add our own ultimate conclusion to the tale.
For me, the best of the book was in the depth of the world; the well thought out descriptions of the horrors of the war, and the vivid descriptive prose used to describe the world itself, and the realism of the tale. Our heroine is not all powerful, she is not an axe swinging barbarian princess, she is scarily believable as a character; and for all that this is a fantasy she seemed very real to me and i throughly enjoyed reading her tale.
This is not a perfect book but it was a lovely story to experience and a wonderful world to visit.
The tempo of the book is not fast- its measured and stately and filled with detail, i enjoyed that. Though i accept that some won't. Romance was there, and whilst key in some ways to the plot it is not the driving force...and this is not a steamy read - and in that it is true to its setting and itself, but there are enough matters of the heart to make the characters believable.
I really don't want to give too much away. Like with any book i recommend i'd suggest you download a sample if your interested, if you enjoy that - the rest of the book won't disappoint.
Yes, the cover is what pulled me in but the blurb sounded good so I went for it. The beginning started out good and then it switched to telling the story of how it all began. I thought it was a little bland during those parts.
Emily and her family are upstanding citizens in their town. Their father owned a printing shop until he (lets just say, died.) They have a large home and Emily lives there with her sisters, Alice & Mary, Mary's husband, Tubal and their baby Francis and Emily's brother Rodric. There are also servents, etc.
And then. . . . Denland launches a war on Lascanne and Tubal and Rodric get drafted to go fight. No one wants this of course but they keep saying they will win if they just get more men on the field.
And then . . . . they wanted women on the field so instead of sending one of the servants like some other people have done, Emily goes herself.
. . . and I breathe it like the air, now. The smell of the guns is become to me like water to a fish: a thing I take for granted. At first it was simply something that I did not notice any more. Now it is a part of my life I cannot live without. There is power in pulling a trigger: power over the world, in that split moment of sound and fury.
Emily has been trained with other women. She has watched her friends die and come too close to death herself. But, she fights on and on and on.
Maybe it was just me, but there are some warlocks in the book and I'm not sure why they didn't just blow everyone up. I might have missed something though.
One of my favorite characters was Mallen, he was just too cool and he saved Emily many times over.
I thought this was a really good book that drags you <-- literally, through swamps and fighting and a revelation that is too shocking for Emily to believe. To me the revelation wasn't all that surprising knowing how the world works. It was just sad at all the needless deaths and things.
Overall, it was a really good book and I loved Emily's bravery. ❤