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- Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing (December 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RE68P8C
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If you're reading this, then you probably know that Wight actually wrote 2 "first books" of the series, the other being Of Sea and Shadow. They both cover roughly the same time period and intersect at various points, but follow two different main characters, allowing us to see the same events through two different perspectives. There is no suggested order to reading these books, but I imagine that whichever you read first will color your bias towards the other character.
This book features a flashback system that is very reminiscent to Sanderson's Words of Radiance. The perspective is almost all the main character Shera with a few other POV's sprinkled in, but there are regular flashbacks that flesh out Shera's back story. Similar to Words of Radiance, there are momentous events in Shera's life that have greatly shaped who she is in the present that are hinted at throughout the book and are built up to in the flashbacks. Also, there are short asides at the beginning of each chapter that help us to learn how the world and its magic work, which is a good thing because we're tossed into the deep end, so to speak.
I'm reading the companion book, Of Sea and Shadow, now, and it will be interesting to see if my pro-Shera bias is maintained as I read the perspective of the other main character. I admit, I was sad to see that the world of The Traveler's Gate trilogy wasn't going to be expanded upon, but I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
Of Shadow and Sea has a great cast: Shera, a likable assassin who wants nothing more than a nap, and her equally likable team. We also see the antagonists who star in their own story: Calder and his crew. Over the course of the story we begin get to know these characters, but there is still plenty of room for development as the trilogy unfolds.
The unique twist we are given of these parallel novels is fantastic. It is fun to watch the same events from a different set of eyes and see the characters that you have come to love in a different light as the antagonists in someone else's story.
[SPOILER FREE] Of Shadow and Sea is one of a pair of novels for Will Wight's new parallel trilogy The Elder Empire. We are introduced to a new and fantastic world crawling with horrors, intrigue, and the people left dealing with both. Tension and mystery abound for Shera's half of this tale, as she is a member of the Consultants, a guild of assassin's who once served the Empire and any who could afford their fee.Through the eyes of Shera and her close compatriots (though mostly just Shera) we experience a pivotal moment in the history of the Aurelian Empire when she is offered a very important contract.
That's basically all I can say without truly giving away ANY plot points. The cast for Shadow and Sea is much smaller than Sea and Shadow, and I for one found this very enjoyable. While Calder's tale has a great deal of fun to it, the experiences of Shera and her crew provide an interesting depth to the world and the character's we travel with. Both stories are quite well written, but I find myself more invested in Shera's portion of the story and the relationships that she is cultivating along the way. If I was forced to "pick a side" so to speak, then I would certainly be following The Shadow instead of The Sea.
Thankfully, this isn't required of any reader. Having both novels available for consumption right away has been one of the best parts of the experience. I was immediately hungry for more and I was able to sate that through Of Sea and Shadow. The texts are plenty different in terms of perspective and tone (though there is certain "necessary" overlap for understanding the world and the magic system) which means that it still felt fresh throughout without too much drag.
The amount of growth that can be seen in Will's writing from the first Traveller's Gate novel to these is astonishing. Even comparing City of Light to the first books of the Elder Empire isn't a truly fair measure. And considering the texts were released in the same year, that's quite an astonishing feat. If Will continues to grow at this rate, it won't be too many years before we have another Jim Butcher on our hands. And several years after that, perhaps another Brandon Sanderson. All I can say for sure is that I will be continuing to support Will as an author and I feel confident that fans of fantasy would be wise to do the same.
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