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Son in Sorrow: An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom Book Two (Volume 2) Paperback – April 28, 2012
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"[This is] often compared to Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and for good reason, but I find the comparison sells these Intimate Histories short. ... [H]er understanding of and compassion for her characters is far greater, her magical and theological conceits better thought out and more thematically and aesthetically consistent, her insights into the human psyche keener." -- Kate Sherrod, Kate of Mind reviews
"Miranda is a master of the meta-story, a technique that is so often botched, but when used correctly--as it is here--is both enthralling and magical."--Maria Violante, Read Write Review
About the Author
MeiLin Miranda writes fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up.
MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always wanted to write fiction, but figured she had time. She discovered she didn't when a series of unfortunate events resulted in a cardiac arrest complete with electric paddles ("clear!") and a near-death experience. She has since decided she came back from the dead to write books.
MeiLin lives in a 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with a husband, two teens, two black cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn. Find out more at meilinmiranda.com.
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Many of the secondary characters steal the show from the protagonist, which is fine with me but might put others off who are expecting a more focused narrative. Similarly, people who read book one might come into book two with expectations created by other series that we'd be spending more time in the Lovers' Temple, getting a blow-by-blow account of the training there. I thought better of the author for not bothering with what would have been an expected and titillating but ultimately unimportant-to-the-narrative tangent. Miranda consistently makes these unexpected choices when writing, a relief after reading one too many cookie cutter fantasy novels from Big Presses.
In general, then: I continue to like this series. It is difficult reading, but intriguing because it deals with topics that earlier fantasy series didn't, and that later ones pretended to but actually glamorized without actually considering their ramifications. It is fine to have sacred prostitution if all the sacred prostitutes are revered and descended of angels in a nation that adulates them. Miranda's Tremont is far more human, more believable, and has more empathy for real people.
I am deeply curious how this series will wrap up, and regret that it will probably be a year before I find out.
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