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The Melding of Aeries is a wonderful melding of a coming of age story with a saga of the battle of good versus evil interspersed with romance of love lost and love discovered. It is all done in an imaginary fantasy world where vapid beautification adjacent to and coupled with callous indifferent power reigns supreme at the price of unimaginable costs to those trod upon.
With many years of reading fantasy / science fiction the story world is probably the most visually original I have ever read. Because of the amazing imagery of both the people, what they do to themselves set in a hybrid of medieval social structure and advanced science this is a book that truly deserves to become a movie. If done well, it could rival the very successful movie ‘Avatar’. However, it does not need to become a movie, for you to love the world of personal decoration reflecting a decadence of character and the rebellion against it.
It is easy to find yourself on the side of the rebellious, whether they be the downtrodden who have had enough or the privileged who become aghast at what they have discovered.
The sheer weight of the ‘good’ foisted upon the hero by his powerful family would drive anyone to either rebellion or debilitating despair or even crippling insanity. The hero resolves to doing his bests to build a better future through rebellion. A rather spoiled and fallible young man, he passes through many difficulties ranging from his own internal crisis, to rejection by the same people he must rely on for survival, to realizing his own ineptitude. It is not an easy journey.
At this point it is seductive to tell the details of the story a bit, but the other reviews and book description do a good job of explaining a lot of the oh so cool details about reptile skin, feathers and wings, or armored teeth and the horror of the results on all of this on both the children and society. So I’ll close with comments about the craft of this book and author.
This book is very well crafted. Fantasy authors can often rely on the wild/bizarre aspects of the story world in an attempt to overshadow the need for excellence in writing. Ms. Peach is not only an excellent story teller with a rather wild imagination, she is also an exceptionally good writer so reading her books is a combined pleasure for the lover of good fantasy and the lover of good literature.
With clarity D. Wallace Peach reveals this fantasy world of skin transplants. Some humans enhance theirs with animal pelts or scales other to improve their fighting capabilities. It's the vogue of the their times. Aeris is born a monster due to his parents alterations and wishes most to exchange his reptile appearance into a more palatable and humane appearance - a present given to him on his eighteenth birthday. However his wish is a double sided sword, as he becomes aware of the origin of his new coverings.
The story is fascinating and colorfully written. The question remains in my mind, how far will nature tolerate our interference?
This is the second Fantasy I read of Peach and it didn't disappoint. She always weighs the pros and cons, delfes into the human spirit with arguments on all sides and forces her characters to make hard choices.
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I think, my favorite aspect of the novel was the characters, particularly Aeris who was born into something he couldn't control nor did he agree with. Aside from having conflicts with his own way of existence he does step up to end the melding which has been going on for generations. Its an exciting coming of age story, but the element of being an outcast in the world you love and the world you were born into was very moving. I'm trying not to give away too many clues here, the best I can say is I give it an A+ and you should read it straight away.
Perhaps one of the greatest tests of a good book is if stands up to a second reading. This coming of age story of a young man born into a station and life he very rightfully detests, then callously pushed into a life of horrific guilt was just as fun on the second read as it was the first time.
The main character Aeris, is actually very relatable. He is a monster but has human compassion and longs to be human. Any reader will sympathize with him and how he is torn to do what is right. This is definitely an epic tale of going the distance for good, whether you win or lose. I would recommend this book to any science fiction or even an action fan. An excellent read.