- File Size: 1190 KB
- Print Length: 1312 pages
- Publisher: Voyager (June 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TQLOWU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Power and Majesty (Creature Court) Kindle Edition
"The Silent Shield" by Jeff Wheeler
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Teenagers Velody, Delphine and Rhian have come to the city of Aufleur (an alternate Rome?) to become an apprentice dressmaker, ribboner and florister respectively. One night Velody sees a young man (Garnet) fall from the sky and land in the street outside. He displays magical abilities and sees in her the ability to use the same magic. Freaking out, Velody agrees to give up her powers and give them to Garnet, then promptly loses her memory of the encounter.
12 years or so later, Garnet dies and Velody suddenly gets her power back. She enters the world of the Creature Court, where powered individuals fight attacks from the sky at night to keep the city safe (the normal citizenry are completely oblivious to both the danger and the Creature Court and indeed seem to spend their days celebrating an almost never ending series of festivals). The Court is a decadent place and the rest of the book describes Velody's trials and tribulations as she attempts to navigate its somewhat murky waters.
The magic system is very interesting - practitioners are aligned to a particular animal and can split themselves into multiple instances of that animal (although I have to think that splitting your consciousness multiple ways to control your various animal vessels has got to at least involve a headache). The Creature Court is divided into a hierarchy depending on levels of power, with more powerful members having stronger abilities. I liked the way the magic was described and the complex web of interrelationships that make up the Court.
Sometimes the first book in a trilogy works well as a stand alone novel as well. This is not one of those books. It felt very much like the first in a series, and established the major characters without fully introducing the main antagonist (assuming you consider the danger from the sky as the main antagonist). If you considered this as a stand alone book, it would feel a little underdone. As a start of a trilogy it did a good job of whetting my appetite for the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the writing and the characters seemed well realised. The dialogue was great and the main characters were quite three dimensional. The minor characters were also excellent, with my personal favourite being the Sentinel Macready. The pacing was just about spot on and there was a good balance of violence, vicious politics and romantic elements (although I must say that the cover makes the book look like it is going to be mainly a romance and I wouldn't describe it that way at all).
As someone with very little interest in the craft/fashion world there were aspects of Velody, Delphine and Rhian's professional day jobs that were difficult to generate enthusiasm for. I suspect someone with a stronger interest would have got more out of those sections of the book.
The only bit of the story that bothered me a little was that there was a touch of the never-done-martial-arts-before-go-into-the-woods-for-a-week-and-become-a-kung-fu-master-accompanied-by-a-suitable-video-montage in how quickly Velody came into mastery of her powers. Given the painstaking time it took each of the three women to master the skills necessary for them to become successful in their chosen daytime professions, I thought there might be a little more of that ethos in mastering the magic as well. But that is a minor quibble, and at least it did serve to move the story along at a good pace.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Excellent fantasy generally, and if you particularly like dress making, ribboning and floristry then you'll like it all the more!
Yes, I said ground-breaking. Can you name many other fantasy novels where homo- and bisexuality is not even a Thing? The Creature Court trilogy doesn't 'deal' with being gay; this isn't an issues book. Most of the characters are gay or bi, and that's that.
But that's really just a fraction of Power and Majesty's awesomeness. The best part of this trilogy is how it constantly goes against expectations. I read almost nothing but fantasy, so I can promise that most books ultimately follow the same pattern with the same kinds of twists. If characters fall in love, they will stay in love. Big dramatic sacrifices always successfully save the day. Nobody REALLY important dies. Last minute ideas and plans always work. Idealism is always rewarded.
Except they aren't and don't, here. For all that this is an amazingly unique fantasy, it's incredibly real - both in characterisation and in plot. The twists are truly twisty, and almost nothing goes as expected.
Then there's the worldbuilding, which is so stunningly gorgeous heavenly choirs should start singing every time I crack this book open. Without ever info-dumping the reader Roberts gets across an incredibly detailed, beautiful world - and not just in the magical, idealistic department either. There are nitty gritty details, like festivals and music and drugs and slang, all of which help to turn the city of Aufleur into a place you feel you could walk right into.
Urgh, I'm failing totally at getting across how amazing this book is! Put it this way: it's unputdownable, it's beautifully written, and it's original in a genre where everything seems to have been done a million times. It's intense and sensual and exciting. You don't just read it; you get sucked in and you <i>live</i> the story.
Please, please, PLEASE pick it up. You won't regret it for a second!
Tansy has a fresh style which is well paced and an original spin on urban fantasy, based around the Rome-styled city of Aufleur. There is blood, sex and intrigue, a little reminiscent of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series which I also enjoyed.
I look forward to the release of the third book of the Creature Court trilogy with interest.
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