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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520109482
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- Publisher: Narcoleptic Dogs Press (October 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
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- Language: English
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For me it feels a lot like Heartless takes the concepts of Nameless and then improves on them. The characters feels more established, both in the setting and in themselves, yet they still continue to explore what they are and what they can do.
Like before Rossi takes old and new myths and bring them together in a way that is both interesting and frequently makes me grin like a loon with 'That's awesome!' when I realize just what the characters do to solve a problem.
An interesting tidbit is how the author takes the flow and aesthetics of comic book battles and put them in text. They 'feel' like comic book fights without being drawn, yet it works really well. There's nothing lost in the translation to text. I'm not sure how he does it, but it's impressive.
As cool as the action is, one of the big draws about Heartless for me, as it was with Nameless, is the character interactions and the emotions.
If feels like the book asks ”What kind of person are you?” in almost a dozen different ways, and the answers are almost as varied.
One of the ways is how it explores the sex and sexualities of the cast. It's one of the major themes of Heartless, but it's done in a way that both fits with the characters as well as being quite plot relevant.
The way it fits with the story was one of the things that impressed me most, as I have seen those subjects tackled with much less grace, where it feels like a psychoanalysis or proclamation with a plot nailed on here and there as an afterthought.
Heartless never falls into that trap. Who and what you are and what you like is explored with both respect, curiosity and empathy. Oh, and with fist-pumping 'Heck yeah!' awesomeness.
Another piece of the puzzle of ”What kind of person are you?” is Thea and Thomas realizations that they could have, and could still, become someone truly harmful and terrifying, either out of getting drunk on their power, from manipulation or for love.
In particular, Thea's ”I understand now why Dassalia did what she did.” as she looks at the depth of her feelings for Thomas are a warning both of them realize they have to deal with carefully.
The second major theme I'd say is family, and here too the subject is dealt with in ways that are both serious, silly and in a way that fits the characters and work with the plot.
It illustrates well that it isn't always easy to get along with family members, and the people they choose to associate with, but that it's important that you try.
For some characters it also illustrates how hard it is to break old habits and try to make amends and be a better person. Morgan in particular, and to a lesser degree Karl, both struggle to make something more of their lives than what they have done in the past.
It isn't mentioned a lot, but Morgan puts in long hours at his work, and puts a lot of the money he earns away for Bry's college fund, as well as trying to build some connections to his newfound family. It's both physical and emotional work.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see how well Akivasha was handled. Both her somewhat odd outlook on the world, her ruthlessness, vanity and her empathy when letting one of her beloved children go gives the impression of someone who really has lived several thousand years.
There's also something that hasn't been stated outright, and that I might be reading too much into, but the way Thea and Thomas are connected via their magic, and their almost instant attraction to each other, might go back further than two generations. I'm very curious to see what happens with those two in the future.
Oh, and the wererats were cool! Looking forward to see them again as well at some point in the future.
Like Nameless, the villains are again treated with respect from the plot. There's no question they have to be dealt with, or that their actions are reprehensible, but there's also that ”I *get* you” from the author that weaves into the plot and makes them relateable even if they aren't sympathetic.
And even so, sometimes it is worth reaching out a hand and give someone a second chance.
In the end, Heartless paradoxically, or perhaps not, has a lot of heart in its plot and characters.
They feel very genuine and I'm invested in their trials and tribulations.
Few other books has made me tear up or grin in joy as much as this book did, and what more could you ask for than a book that makes you feel good?
It's the characters, though, that seals it. The characters and their relationships are real and complex. The diversity of the cast is amazing. Their motivations make you care for characters you may not think you would. And their dialogue and reactions make them seem just like people you know. Seriously, try not to fall in love with Bry.
The action is fantastic, and, uh, magical. Because of Thea, Thomas and others' use of magic, you never quite know how each scene will play out!
Overall a really enjoyable book, and I can't wait for there to be another book in the series!
"What does it mean to be me, now that I'm not defined by my parents?" is also a much stronger note this time around, and issues of physical identity are explored in different ways through many of the characters.
I think I've reached the limit of my verbosity, so I'll wrap this up. You should buy this book. You should also buy nameless: a novel. Hey Rossi - how's part 3 coming?
It's simultaneously true to life and utterly fantastical. There are some clunky turns of phrase and spelling issues but not enough to detract from the book. The characters are very solid (standouts include Bry, Akivasha and Delphine) and I found the relationship between the two leads credible. You can love someone, lust after them, and still not always approve of their actions.
The magic is peculiar. Once you get used to it you can start to understand what he was going for, and if you read comics in the 90's I think it's easier to pick up. It's very much The Invisibles meets Matt Wagner's Mage. I ended up liking it.
It's a good book. Buy it.
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