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Tremontaine Paperback – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, and Patty Bryant are the authors of Tremontaine.
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Tremontaine has all that and less. Kushner (who only provided the first and last chapters), focused on a small set of characters in each work, characters you could really care about. Here a total of seven authors juggle the stories of the Duke and Duchess of Tremontaine, members of their social/political set, and some of their servants; the University student Rafe and numerous roistering friends, also Rafe's father and a few of his servants; the Aztec-culture trader Ixkaab and all the members of her family/family business currently living in the City; the autistic mathematical savant Micah and some of her relatives (though most only in her thoughts); and the forger Tess and some of her connections.
Their stories are intertwined and many characters come to know each other, but it's still hard for the reader to care about such an excessive cast. Their feelings are described but it's hard to empathize. People fall in love instantly, and after that their romances are mere erotica. Their swordplay, their kills, are dashing adventure where you know nothing serious will happen to anyone who actually matters to the plot--or even if it does, so what? And there are far too many descriptions of clothes and far too many mentions of chocolate.
It's like the difference between Jane Austen and a modern Regency romance. Jane Austen wrote for real; Tremontaine just piles on familiar tropes. This is not helped by small but noticeable differences in the different authors' styles, and the failure of a copyeditor to correct some inconsistencies in characters' backgrounds and physical descriptions. An absolutely vital plot point depends on the color of one character's eyes, which differs from place to place in the book.
And there are parts that just do not make sense. One character has mortgaged one of the family estates without telling their spouse, let alone their social group, and majorly hopes no one will find out they are broke. That's believable. But then they refuse to rent out the property or even visit it with their spouse *because people who actually went to the estate might discover it was mortgaged.* Huh? I've held a home mortgage, and so have many other readers of this book. The bank doesn't control the property or hang around. Everything goes on exactly as usual unless and until the bank forecloses, which hasn't happened at this point. Then, a character (who is by no means self-destructive) saves various personal items whose only use can be to completely destroy them socially, and even wears one of the items in public. Can you say, contrived plot?
What we have here is a romp in a shared world, a fast-reading bit of fun and froth. It's better than not having any more books set in the world of Tremontaine, but it's like eating dessert without ever having any dinner.
It's true, you WILL become invested in these characters. (Your favorite will probably be Micah. Oh, you'll say that you love Diane, or Ixkaab, or Rafe, bless his soul, but we all know the truth.) The characters are excellent and well-rounded. You'll turn a page and go, "Oh, no, I'm emotionally attached to this one," and you can bet you'll be in for it, then.
I cannot recommend this book enough. The writers are wonderfully talented, the story is gripping, the action is perfect, the drama is palpable, and the characters are a delight. There's action! Suspense! Sex! Pizza! Hot chocolate! Not to mention my favorite non-sentient being in this book... A giant pudding shaped like a swan, tasked with delivering poetic justice. And really, when you get right down to it, what else do you need?