- 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: #1,178,514 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.
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.
Way back when, I read his short story, BURN. I was completely smitten by his writing then, and when I heard ORISON was in the works, I knew he wouldn't disappoint.
I was right -- he not only delivered a rock-solid debut novel, but the story and particularly the protagonist, Story, really blew me away. There are so few female protagonists in fantasy and so many tropes revolving female characters in fantasy that my primary mantra when it comes to a new book is always "Surprise me, surprise me, surprise me." He did.
ORISON is the tale of a young thief named Story who has been squirreling away money from her takes in order to one day leave the oppressive city and crime lord that dictate her life. When her cache is stolen and she is betrayed, she's given an ultimatum and goes after the one item big enough to clear her debt and buy her freedom.
This book immersed me in a new world, gave dragons a fresh spin, and introduced me to characters I know I'll want to go back to.