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Terminal City (Terminal City Saga) Paperback – August 10, 2016
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About the Author
Trevor Melanson is an award-winning journalist who's written for numerous major magazines and newspapers across Canada. He recently returned to Vancouver (Terminal City) from Toronto to work as an editor at Vancouver Magazine.
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Read it. It’s great.
In a normal-sized nutshell:
It’s dark, but there are light moments.
It’s fantasy, but it’s familiar, in a ‘hey this could be a thing right under our noses’ sort of way (but totally not conspiratorial)
It’s cleverly written with those ‘aha!’ moments and has a dash of philosophical questions that’ll make you think a little. But it’s easy-to-read, and you’ll uncover layers as you turn the pages—like 7-layer dip, not onions.
And the longer, rambling nutshell that’s on steroids:
When I read a book (and I read a lot of books) I want to be more than entertained. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good diversion in the form of words on a page (or screen, if that’s your style), but I also want to think a little, learn a little, and walk away from it with the feeling that the book filled a gap in my brain bookshelf.
Terminal City delivers. Every character had me hooked. They challenged me to think beyond popular preconceptions of protagonist/antagonist paradigms, to what shapes a person’s character and their approach to their unique situations. Mason is far from perfect. He has to adjust his reasoning and beliefs throughout his journey. Rowland is sympathetic and complex. As his character unfolded, I couldn’t help but empathize with his convictions (sort of).
While the premise of the book is dark—it’s a tale of necromancy and the battle that ensues between necromancers and inquisitors, after all—the tale is balanced by a believable romance. The language of, and sparing light-hearted moments between Asha and Mason (as well as the book’s other characters’ personal relationships for that matter) show the vulnerability of love.
Looking forward to seeing what concepts and themes unfold in book two.
Mason Cross is heading off to university for the first time, when the untimely death of Mason’s father places him into the middle of a secret war between the necromancer’s and the inquisitors. But following his father’s necromantic legacy soon gets complicated as he’s hunted by the faithful inquisitors and mentored in the art of magic powered by the dead by the heartless revenant Rowland. As bodies start piling up Mason discovers who he is and how he can live with the ideals he has set for himself in an ever complicating world.
Terminal City has a solid magic systems and action packed second half that manages to balance exploring compelling broken characters and philosophical themes. I enjoyed this novel a lot and would heartily recommend it.
A mutual friend, Lester Wright, tells Mason that John was a Necromancer, someone interested in magic and communicating with the dead. Lester is also a Necromancer. Mason is shown Dad's library of old books on necromancy, and learns that he is also a Necromancer. Mason has no interest in raising the dead, or anything like that, he just wants to know more about it. That does not matter to the Inquisitors.
For the past several hundred years, an all-out war has been going on between Necromancers and Inquisitors, religious fanatics who think that the only good Necromancer is a dead one. Lester is killed by them, and so is Mason. He finds himself in the spirit realm, where the spirit of his father helps convince the being in charge to give Mason another chance. Mason is returned to Terminal City with a task; kill a "bad" Necromancer named Rowland, and send him back to the spirit realm.
Rowland has been alive for over 300 years, and has perfected the ability to kill with a mere thought. He also knows that Mason is coming for him. Meantime, Rowland has made it known to all the Inquisitors in North America that he is making his final stand at the top of a Terminal City skyscraper that is still under construction (come and get me). Mason is also there. Who is still alive when the battle ends; Rowland, Mason or any of the Inquisitors?
This is an excellent piece of writing. It is just weird enough, without being too weird, or too much like a horror story. The body count gets pretty high by the end, but it is very easy to read. I look forward to a sequel.
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This book was really a fun read for me. I wish it went even further with the back story of necromancy though.Read more