With this magnificent masterpiece of imagination Josiah Bancroft joins the pantheon of my favourite writers of all time. Every tiny weakness that the previous books had has been erased, more, turned out to be a strength after all because in this last installment of the Books of Babel, all of them are revealed to have served a great and brilliant purpose.
I stumbled upon the brilliance of Dorothy Dunnett in the middle of the pandemic. I had never heard of her before. Neither had I heard the name ‘Lymond’, and when someone mentioned Scotland, I thought of Nessie and Walter Scott, but mostly of Hogwarts. As a child of the 1990s, I grew up with stories„DISCOVERING DOROTHY DUNNETT“ weiterlesen
I’ve read it and the best I can say about it is that it’s finally over. This the biggest disappointment of my reading life. King of Scars was a step back down the ladder, Rule of Wolves was the equivalent of jumping into an abyss. Because the plot is a clusterfucking convenience that doesn’t make any sense at all – and because this whole book is basically a marketing skit for the adaptation.
If you want a fast-paced, action-packed book, like ‚Here comes the cavalry!‘, and don’t care about a completely logical plot, then you’ll highly enjoy this one. If you prefer something a bit slower and more character-centered, with a careful buildup and a perfect plot, you’ll have issues.
This irresistable masterpiece has immediately become one of my instant favourites and is without a doubt the best fantasy I’ve read this year.
Während ich Hals über Kopf in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue verliebt war, sind meine Gefühle für dieses im besten Fall lauwarm. Warum? Weil ich in das Konzept verliebt bin, mehr nicht.
5 stars, cinco estrellas, très bien
Abraham truly has created something unique here, and he has done it without needing a single action scene, for the depth of the intrigues and decisions his character must make suffice to carry this story.
Better than Malice, but not excellent: still too many tiny mistakes that kept catapulting me out of it. The writing style just isn’t my thing.
And so it begins, and so once again Dear Dorothy has proven me wrong. Remember what I, in blissful ignorance have claimed after reading the prequel: that this series was great, but could never be as breathtaking and extraordinary as the Lymond Chronicles. I take it back. It can be as good, and this installment is as good: this is another testament to my favourite author’s brilliance.
If I compare it to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – and I have to compare it to Addie LaRue – yes, the basic concept, the idea behind this book totally worked for me. It hooked me. But while I was head over heels in love with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, my feelings for this one are lukewarm at best. Why? Because I am in love with the concept, nothing more.
Buckle up and fasten your seat belt, folks, cause I’m about to demand a HYPE for this.
Lots of good ideas, some wasted potential, an interesting Panemesque setting on Mars, but too much bad writing, Sevro ex machina and Darrow Stu for my taste – still, this series looks promising.
Mealing has written a terrific debut filled with excellent worldbuilding, fascinating characters, and a plot that couldn’t be more high stakes. Highly recommended for veterans of Fantasy and lovers of original magic systems- and also for fans of military/flintlock fantasy.