- File Size: 3686 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692025448
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Nine Muse Press (February 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IOQF4AI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many of the books ive come across gently urge a reader into a story by introducing the character while keeping you interested long enough for a story to develop. its familiar and as a reader it is comfortable and expected. However it is a welcome surprise to have come across a writer who will throw you into an exhilarating bit of adventure right from the outset, and then introduce the character. A great character too.
Story is the young thief who serves under a criminal lord and is bound to him, roaming the roof tops at night to steal to earn her place in the criminal gang. her drunken friend and formerly disgraced mage is her only source of comfort. but things change fast in the impoverished lives of this unusual pair as dragon magic, plot and intrigue unravel in a clever story that brings in the foul ambition of dark God like beings who interfere and meddle with the lives of the mortals.
the wit and charm of the main characters and their struggle is so well crafted it becomes so very involving as the battle between good and darkness unravels with some excellent twists.
it is a fast paced story and you will no doubt race to the end to see what happens and even though it is a full length novel it seems like it has ended far too soon. it seems like i need more. where is book two? i think there's plenty of scope for me to have another and i would like to have it now.
His sensible refusal turns out to be a mistake. Others get their hands on it, and scheme to place Wrynn and Dunnac, a wizard-turned-gambler and a swordsman exiled by different countries, in a position which forces them to obtain the orison and transport it.
The last piece of the puzzle lies in Story, a young burglar who manages to get her hands on the orison during a fight between Wrynn and Dunnac against Ashen One-Howl. The stakes rapidly escalate from here with Penumbra and an opposing dragon stirring the pot, leading to an explosive climax and a denouement that does a solid job of wrapping up the novel and leaving room for sequels despite its relative brevity.
I enjoyed Orison, and wouldn't mind seeing more in the Lotus Throne setting. I found Swenson's choice of "Penumbra" as a name for the dragon who set the novel's events in motion interesting. A penumbra is a shadow cast by an object that partially occludes a light source, such as during a partial solar eclipse. I wonder if there's some significance there, or if Swensen chose that name for other reasons.
It bears mentioning that the Kindle edition suffers from some formatting issues. Some passages are centered, instead of left-justified. While this is jarring, it doesn't make the novel unreadable. The author is aware of the problem and is no doubt working with his publisher to fix it.
We could almost hear Enya's Orinico Flow playing. "Sail away, sail away..."
But there is a reason we long for distant shores - even if nothing is safe from the long claw of the gods.
As GLOUCESTER in Shakespeare's play, King Lear, says:
"As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods. They kill us for their sport."
Or is it the darkness of our own heart and not the plots of celestial dragons? For we know nothing of love - only fear, envy and the longed-for-spoils of vengeance.
I look forward to a series.
Orison's small characters live in contained environments, with simple goals. Pay a debt. Escape a threat. Buy a drink. Above them are the powerful, whose actions are subtle, and whose goals are shrouded, alluded to, sometimes understood, but rarely enumerated. Wealth, influence, independence, revenge. The story goes higher still, to vast and formless beings so powerful that humans cannot guess their limits or their purpose. Why would an omnipotent being cause suffering? Why would it cause joy? Why would it do anything at all? What desperation would make a sane person cast pleas before a pantheon of inscrutable gods?
The divine gift which drives the characters never provides a simple solution, nor would I say it caused their problems; it amplifies what was there before. Those without access to that power retain their relevance. The cast do all that their greed, insecurity, loyalty, and generosity demand of them. Ultimately, it may not matter why Orison's gods do the things they do; what matters is what people do with their own power.