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Of War and Consequence: The Consortium Chain, Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – April 6, 2012
About the Author
Greetings. Name's Harrington. I'm a lover of all things fantastical in nature, a fancier of eclectic music, an owner of taste buds that enjoy almost anything, and a strong proponent of all things diverse. If there's a way to cram a multitude of ideas into a single work of art, I'm guilty of it. Growing up in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Alaska, I've molded a certain 'northern' attitude. I prefer the climates of the northern United States and, in particular, the larger cities that have taken root in the cold. I've always been a city kid. Always will be, I'd imagine. Though I've been a lifelong resident of the U.S., I always consider myself a citizen of the world first and an American second; I wish more of my countrymen shared this belief. The arts have always been in my blood. After the better part of the past two decades playing music, I decided to retire my bass guitar and get back to the passion I'd pursued at an earlier age, dumping my imagination into a series of words. Music was a powerful part of life, and I may return to it someday, but the writer in me has a lot of catching up to do. I enjoy a relatively simple life in the suburbs. I live with the most amazing woman in the world who continues to inspire me to be better. I'm within a short drive of my beautiful daughter and granddaughter. I have a particularly cute cat that won't leave me alone and knows how to push my buttons, and I have a loving, extended family that I'll always cherish.
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Martin's world rotates slower than Earth, leaving parts of the world drenched in virtually constant sunlight, while leaving other continents shrouded in never-ending darkness. From out of these two opposing continents, kingdoms arise. In the sun drenched plains, tanned and shaven-headed men and women wear bright colors and enjoy near immortality. In the darkness of the Southern continent, the residents of the kingdom glow long blonde hair, framing pale skin and dark dispositions. Intuitively, you want to cheer for the plainsfolk, but it's the pale southerners that are the protagonists. Faced with a violent enemy and a propaganda engine that is driving the plainsfolk into a frenzy, the Union of the south must find a means to defeat a horde of nearly immortal soldiers.
Despite Martin's description that there isn't really organized religion throughout the novel, both sides have a reverence toward ore that's mined from their continents. In the north, it's an ore that grants regeneration and long-lasting youth. In the south, it's the ore of opposition: one that negates the positive effects of the plainsfolks' weapons, armor, and airships. They treat their ores with a sense of spirituality, which drives them to a war of opposing theologies.
Throughout it all, the Consortium Chain operates in secrecy. Representing the five continents, the Chain makes decisions for the betterment of the world through subtly influencing the actions of all the kingdoms.
I highly recommend this book. It was a quick read only because it kept my attention throughout. Martin's introduction of kingdoms, equipment, and terrain, albeit alien at first, is easily understood and absorbed by the reader.
I look forward to the next book in the series.