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- Print Length: 118 pages
- Publisher: Sorcerer's Ship Press (June 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YOOYYBO
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Lessons in Conflict - The Best of Men part 4 (Song of Ages Book 1) Kindle Edition
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After opening with a show of excellent maps, it continues with a small gem: an extract from ‘A Commentary on the Texts of Power‘ (2999): ‘And to each creature he made, Ohrmazd gave of his own Power in various measure … ‘ (Jones has a gift for memorable name inventions: the Anparite Bloodstone, the Dark God, the armies of Kyzylkum, the Castle of Ayer, Garaid Barbossa, the Sayoshant. Witness, too, the names of VIPs introduced by Seama at the Council assembly: “On the left of the table: Tys Heald, Chancellor to King Sirl ll; Fel Awdry, Ministry for Industry and King’s Counsellor …“)
I was especially taken by the complex telling of the six ages of the Earth. (One of them, the Age of Man, is scurrilously marked by words and ideas such as ‘consumerism‘, ‘marketing‘, ‘world trade‘ – all misconstrued as ‘medicines‘ by one of the characters in the story.)
I enjoyed the diary entries of Lomal, Lord Anparas, who describes the arduous, slogging route taken by his military force to “the North and the seat of the trouble“. I liked, too, the descriptions of the hollow-eyed monster Goggalog, the raven‘s attack on the mounted Tregar and the bird’s croaking talk of “peace and persuasion“.
And there‘s a fine description of the aftermath of a shockwave which has devastated the city of Astoril: men and women digging at the rubble of lost houses and the “piteous sight of a grubby two year old girl holding up her empty cup to a father staring hopelessly at the ruins of their home“.
I was taken the character of Seth Cookson, “a soldier now, ready and willing to prove himself or die in the act“. The young man proves his worth in the Battle of the Francon.
The most gripping part of the book is the account of that nightmarish conflict. Its climactic end is graphically described. One of the dead warriors is left mutilated and „bleeding into grain sacks“: “his head had been speared onto a gaff thrust into the soft earth“. Lord Anparas himself lays “trampled into the mud by cold, cold, heedless warriors from another land and time“.
At the end of a long and splendidly paced work, it is for the reader finally to judge who were the Best of Men.