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Which is why J.L. Gribble's debut novel “Steel Victory” is so... unexpected.
We are introduced to the City-State of Limani, and its only resident vampire, Victory. From the start one would be excused for thinking this will devolve into Rice-like brooding on existence through a fantasy lens with the mere mention of “vampire,” but instead we are given a character who remembers her past, but does not dwell on it unnecessarily. One who retains her mortal bearings by immersing herself in mortal norms. She has a family, all of whom are key players in the story and turn expectation on its head.
Where Gribble really excels is in her ease of using these tropes, as-is and without apology. She doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, and she doesn't waste time explaining the details. She uses the literary baggage to her advantage, allowing her to tell the story of a city under siege, rather than weigh the reader down with a lot of infodumping.
She has constructed a story rife with humor, humanity, political intrigue on micro and macro scales, and alternately showcases coming-of-age (through Victory's daughter Toria) and dealing with age. It is brilliant, flows beautifully from one scene to the next, and keeps you guessing as to how things are going to turn out for all the characters, simply by virtue of the reader's preconceived notions. The reader will want to be able to say “I saw that coming,” but no, you will not.
The only criticism that can be leveled against “Steel Victory” is that the same minimal-information technique that moves the story unhindered can also leave the reader wanting more details. At its core “Steel Victory” is a fantasy novel wrapped in an alt-history blanket, but much of the history, culture, and geography that would flesh out the world are left blank. This is, however, the first in a planned series so it is perfectly reasonable to expect that this will be remedied in later entries.
All together, “Steel Victory” is an exciting and fresh read. Old ideas and new are nicely blended with memorable characters and events. I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment.
Gribble's world flows like a recipe. With a little essence of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, Steel Empires is setting the stage for something new and highly entertaining. I recommend that you read Steel Victory today.
It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this novel so enjoyable. The only complaint I have is how short it is. If I didn’t know this was part of series, I would be heartbroken. Filled with interesting character leads by powerfully inspiring females, Steel Victory has a storyline that is a joy to watch enfold. I am already looking at book #2.
And with all that, I loved the story, found it fascinating, and devoured both this book and the sequel in quick order. The people are beautifully limned, the situations and the various reactions to them are wonderfully done, it's great. I'm definitely looking for more from this author, in this world or another.
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Victory, Toria, and Mikelos are all interesting characters. I liked Max and Seri as well.Read more
This originally appeared (in a slightly longer form) at The Irresponsible Reader.Read more