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Songs In the Year of the Cat (The Rise of the Upper Kingdom Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
A successful indie author, Heather has written the Scifi/Asian fantasy Upper Kingdom series along with Gothic thriller series, COLD STONE & IVY as well as the award-winning DRAGON OF ASH & STARS: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon. She also writes for Bayview Magazine, speaks at book conventions and is a photoshop wizard when it comes to book covers.
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- ASIN : B00E8HLL9U
- Publisher : Working Tiger (July 30, 2013)
- Publication date : July 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 5426 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #716,639 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Personally I find myself related to the various characters of this series. I would have like to know the secret to write such beautiful stories. There is a profoundness in the narration, it is never shallow, and the author has done an amazing work in mixing the various spiritual traditions in her work. At 2.99 dollar each book, this is a bargain. Grab it quick and be mesmerized, for I am sure you will.
Then I realized that their languages, literature, and geography differ from our present world, But much survived, at least enough to keep scholars and a new breed of explorers busy. But over the millennia since the original nuclear disaster, fragmented groups of humans tried to save what was left of their race, along with any of the hard-won knowledge the we managed to achieve before we flushed a lot of it down the toilet.
But at least one "school" of humanity survives to the day of the story, living a bunker mentality in giant underground shelters powered by a technology long past the maximum straining point. They are as amazed to see their creatures, and how far they've advanced, as the creatures are to see them. And a few wise ones on both sides are starting to realize that NOBODY is out of the woods yet. Everyone will have a lot of catching up to do, if nobody starts any more wars, first.
As I follow the trail of breadcrumbs, just as some "treasure seekers" find old, broken wrist watches, one of my biggest questions remains, who translated the original human classics of history and literature into their new languages? Is someone sitting on a gigantic stash of human knowledge still in the original languages, and why?
And why are there three (now two) colony ships parked in geosynchronous orbit over the Indian Ocean? [My personal extrapolation, and not intended as a spoiler, since that will probably be resolved only in the last book. I need my "fix" with Book Four right now, if just for the temporary relief of getting the answers to the smaller mysteries.]
This would be a great story universe even if everyone wore human form. If you've sworn never to read anything involving "fur", make this your one exception. It has solid adventure, romance, "history", and post-apocalyptic elements to satisfy anyone else, too.
[Why does the Feline with the most gorgeous fur (Major Ursa), also have to be the most homicidal?]
I've already heaped praise on Dickson's writing in my first two reviews, and that excellence doesn't change here. Dickson is outstanding on presenting her world of combined elements of China, India, and Japan, but her character building is even stronger, and ties the story together. The characters reunite after the last books dramatic ending to try to unite the kingdom against the coming of the Ancestors. In order to do that, everyone must commit to peace.
That includes Dogs.
I can't say much without spoilers from the last story, but if you've read the previous book then you'll understand how improbable that plan of action is. Kirin, now the Shogun General of the Upper Kingdom, must try to make peace with the savage people he has every reason to hate, not to mention Ursa, Sireth, and the others.
But diplomacy and honor must take precedence, particularly in the face of the coming threat, as we see through flashbacks from Kerris and Fallon's time spend overseas in the land of the Ancestors. Let's just say that humanity is as prejudiced and oppressive as ever. In the Upper Kingdom, cats are joined by monkeys to form a powerful army that will face the wild throngs of Dogs that have formed their own army under a powerful Khan who is much more concerned with war than peace. In the middle of the conflict are a Dog Seer and her brother, and of course Sherah, the mysterious Alchemist who might hold the answer to the riddle of peace.
Once again, Dickson steers the reader along a journey with characters that serve a purpose, whose motivations and personalities alter and adapt to their ever-changing circumstances. This book is larger in scope, so some characters are regretfully limited in their impact. I was particularly interested in the monkeys, as their race wasn't introduced in the first two novels. Unfortunately they didn't get much exposure in this novel and I wasn't sure quite how to picture them. Hopefully a future installment will expound. But as a whole the writing was satisfying as ever, and a solid resolution to a three-part act. The ending leaves room for future installments, which I will definitely look forward to. H. Leighton Dickson is now high on my list of favorite authors.