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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.
by D. Wallace Peach
Transmutation : the application and grafting of distinctive flesh from varying sources on to a foreign living body with the medicinal assistance of douser, heartening, and pathway.
The high caste preys on the lower, treating them as renewable resources. If a sahlessa sees hair or eyes that she wants on a low person, then deals are made,(sometimes). End result is a new pretty feature for the sahlessa, and “sourced” parts for the “donor”.
Popular transfigurations for women include bird's wings, butterflies, soft fur, feathers, peacock tails, snakeskin. Thicker hair (animal or human) Basically anything shiny and pretty in the usual non aggressive sense,punctuated by bursts of color.
Popular transfigurations for men include horns of all types, serrated teeth in arms, armored skin, reptile embellishments, various predatory animal parts, eyes,fur. Mostly defensive/ aggressive appearances desired.
Those subjected to transfiguration......pass their new attributes on to their children, oft-times with less than favorable results.
Meet Aeris, a progeny of such a pairing. His father Sahl Farrax, intimidating in his mostly black reptile scaled self. His mother, Sahlessa Alginea, resplendent as the epitome of transfigured fashion with her graceful wings of black, gray, and white. An affluent and influential pair.
Now that there's sufficient backstory,...Aeris! Borne into the world completely hairless covered in black scales, with a reptile's eyes, random light feathers that he plucks and a lizard's tail that was severed at birth. Sheltered in the confines of his parent's palatial estate, he is their much loved only child. Graced with his mother's pleasantness and fortified with his father's determination, and a good heart. He despises his outward visage, it makes him feel like a monster. His parents, being loving and supportive want their son to live a happy meaningful life, so they arrange for him to get new skin, new eyes, and hair for the very first time in his life.
What their son discovers about his new appearance shocks him to the core.
Join Aeris on an epic journey as he discovers the chilling abusive reality behind the lust for the latest fashionable transfigurations and his own self worth as he fights for redemption, love, friendship, and acceptance in a world so focused on appearances and power.
An enjoyable read, Five Stars! “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”