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“The alchemical and kabbalistic underpinnings of Williams’ fantasy world give it an edge.” —Booklist
About the Author
- Print length : 428 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (September 17, 2013)
- Publication date : September 17, 2013
- File size : 3726 KB
- ASIN : B00ETR2YC2
- Lending : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #765,254 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Plot mechanations soon throw her into the arms of the mysterious, witty poison-master Ghairen from yet another planet, Hathes, and soon Alivet is drawn up in a plot to free her world of the mysterious Lords of Night and their collaborators, the "Unpriests"--and more than incidentally to free her twin sister Inki.
She's attracted to Ghairen, but can she trust him? Williams spins out the answers cleverly, gorgeously, giddily. The byplay between Alivet and Ghairen is to treasure. Her descriptive passages are lush. Her prose dances and sparkles and the characters (unsurprisingly considering the debt to Austen) seem believable and all too human.
Williams just keeps getting better and better.
The lead character was pretty neat with a sort of bene gesserit vibe without the wealth or power as an alchemist neuropharmacologist. Not enough women lead characters in sf so a bit more representation matters.
I sort of get a bit of a Creatures of Light and Darkness vibe with a bit of broken pattern from Amber. The occultist Dee connection and history was a good touch.
I liked it though it was a bit of a slog before getting to the more interesting bits of Qabbala and a sort of gordie dickson/dune style spaceship travel.
There were a few bits of the writing that didn't work for me. The last page was a bit forced, and every chapter started with a storyline set in Elizabethan days that was the tale of how these people came to be under the rule of the Lords of Night. That story was only rarely engaging and most of the time I was annoyed at it for pulling me out of the main plot. I wish the author had done without it or included it in some other way if she wanted us to know what had happened.
Still, I would recommend this book, sure.
Despite it all, Dee agrees to help him destroy the Lords and travels to Ari's planet, when his household help tells Dee that Ari is actually planning to poison her after they achieve their goal. The question is, whom should Dee believe, since she really knows neither party very well.
Liz Williams demonstrates sophisticated story telling skills. The dialogue runs smoothly and the story is captivating. In addition, she has some imagination! One of the reasons it took me so long to get into this book was due to all the strange references and situations/creatures that Dee runs into to. There is a small parallel story, running back to Earth's 16th century which adds interest, and though it was probably not really necessary, it completes the story.
Four stars for imagination, writing and characters. I would have liked a smoother storyline transition and more characters to give a fully fledged fantasy.