- File Size: 1322 KB
- Print Length: 550 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (November 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GG61IYO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Pleasure of Memory Kindle Edition
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First off, I don't read a lot of fantasy books. In fact, the last fantasy book I read was the Hobbit...and it had just been released. Just kidding! Seriously though, I really don't read much fantasy but I'd read Mr Cole's other book Henry's Re-Entry earlier this year and found it to be one of the best books I'd read in a long time. A LONG time! (It's available on Amazon and I recommend you pick up a copy now!). I enjoyed it so much that I researched and found this book, his first, available from Netgalley in return for an honest review so, and here's my next confession, I did get a free copy to read in return for what you're now reading here.
The plot goes like this...
Beam is a smuggler, a murderer, and a rogue, who lives by the age-old rules of "Finders, keepers" and "To thy own self be true". Abandoned by his family and raised in a run-down priory by an old monk, he is consumed by his anger. He measures the worth of the world's citizens less by the character of their hearts than the gold he can pick from their pockets. However, when he receives a mysterious message from his long dead mother, his carefully constructed rules of priority and self-interest are changed forever.
Much like the other Cole book, this is a story about journeys and the changes they bring. During his 'salvaging', Beam comes across a large red gem. Of course, he takes it, not realising its value but knowing that it will fetch a pretty penny and maybe fund his retirement. The gem turns out to be a Blood Caeyl. I won't spoil the story, but just know that many people would like to get their hands on said Caeyl, some good, some bad. What follows is a subterranean journey with Beam joined by a Mage named Chance Gnoman. The banter between the two is, just as in Mr Cole's next book, wonderfully constructed and is at times funny, sad and serious. As the two journey below ground to try to find safety (and a missing boy who is being trained by the Mage), they are followed above ground by a race called the Vaemyn, lead by a fierce female leader named Koo. You already know that the two will meet at some point. What happens when they do is a pleasant surprise though and creates just another twist in the great storytelling. I grew to like Koo as the story developed, even though she is looking to kill our intrepid hero! Other characters from different races are woven into the story as it progresses, every one of them well written and fleshed out nicely. I did wonder for a while why they were so fully characterised, then found out that (good news alert #1) this book is part one of a probable trilogy, so I'm going to get to follow their stories even further.
Weighing in at 550 pages, this is bigger than your average book! However (good news alert #2) you can pick up a wrist saving Kindle version for a measly $7.69, at least as I type this! As someone who doesn't read much fantasy, I'm now waiting for book #2 to come along. I'll be preordering mine as soon as it's listed. Join me in this wonderful land, won't you?
The Pleasure of Memory is creative fantasy where dreams and visions intertwine almost imperceptibly with reality. Welcome Cole allows his story to unfold using delightfully poetic imagery. Here's an example:
"The sound of the rain was as appealing as a lullaby, soothing and entrancing, and he rode its happy rhythm like a magic horse into the fog of sleep."
That's one fancy of saying some guy took a nap. But I'm a sucker for beautiful writing so I lapped it up like a thirsty dog. At times, his writing was so entertaining that I forgot to focus on the action in the story.
Why four stars? I struggled with this because it's a highly subjective criticism. But ultimately these reviews are how the book engaged or failed to engage me as the reader. The one element in this book I grew weary of was the drawn out, violent fighting scenes. There were too many that went on for too long for my taste. By the 50% mark I began skimming through the battle scenes to get back to the story.
Would I recommend it: Yes. Especially to those who enjoy complex alternate reality fantasy and Science fiction.
Will I read it again: I will not.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.)
the reader sufficiently to want to know how the story continues.
The main characters are a smuggler/grave robber called Beam and a mage called Chance.
Their joining forces constitutes the main part of the story and they are eventually joined by a
female warrior called Koonta.
The plot is about a clash of races, betrayal, demons, companionship and weird and horrible creatures.
I felt that the central third of the book was overlong when Beam and Chance are travelling
through the tunnels to escape their pursuers.
I enjoyed the writing but found the whole book longer than necessary. However I might be
tempted to read the next volume.
Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.