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Time is slippery as quantum uncertainty in this ambitious tale that follows a variety of characters as they perform spooky actions over millennia.Elberg's first novel opens in an Arctic wasteland as Osnat and her husband, Simon, who are banished refugees from the future, search for help. Instead, they are captured by a primitive tribe called the Tunniq. Simon is killed in a Tunniq naming ceremony while Osnat is adopted as a daughter to Aarluk. Torn between revenge and the need to survive, Osnat learns as much as she can from her new "mother," biding her time, nursing her simmering vengeance: "It wasn't love, it wasn't hatred, nor was it somewhere between those feelings. But it was absolutely what she felt." In another time, Saima, a refugee from the "Trail of Tears" banishment, teams up with Finer, a cop investigating the "murder" of a dog (which Saima killed); and in yet another time, a huge army, commanded by the ruthless Ja'ix, is taking over the known universe. Elberg guides his readers from total confusion to dawning comprehension and on to understanding. Like musical refrains, characters, names, events, and details recur from one epoch to another. Some characters actually are or morph into those in other times. Quantum states fluctuate, enabling wormholes, time travel, magic, and even an afterlife; all are real locations characters can enter or leave if they possess the know-how. This is a complex, sometimes confusing tale involving an intricate web of characters and events. The author pulls it all together, however, in admirable fashion through solid characterization; the sweeping mix of science, mythology, history; and precise, yet metaphor-filled writing ("Ja'ix's armies passed over lands like a glacier, slow but inexorable. They traveled in a broad swath, uprooting, destroying whatever existed previously, planting obedience in the ruins. From this crop, they harvested more brutal fighters").Those willing to decipher it all will be greatly rewarded.--Kirkus Reviews
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- File Size : 6266 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 522 pages
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Taiku; 2nd Edition (August 16, 2020)
- Publication Date : August 16, 2020
- ASIN : B08FF7DM1N
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1731240287
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,174 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am deducting a star for loads of proofreading errors. Also "cordate" is used for "cordite" which I believe is itself used in a way that doesn't quite fit. Also, it's disrespectful to misappropriate the term "The Trail of Tears" for a similar exile that is not of Amerindians. I received an ARC for the purpose of writing a voluntary review.
This one was really hard for me to read, it took me a lot longer to get through than normal (I usually am able to read fairly fast). This one has a lot of subject matter that I find difficult to read, it really isn't for me. I'm leaving it 3 stars because just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean others might not. Be aware this has a lot of violence in it so if that is not for you, you might want to stay away from it.
I received an advance copy from hidden gems and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review