This is the sequel to Blood of Ambrose, and much like the first book, it’s a wild ride. It explores many different applications of the setting’s magic, as well as questions about death and mortality.
I have a few (mostly spoiler-free) thoughts about the tale.
Merlin is not the hero.
Blood of Ambrose is the first in a series written by James Enge. It’s an amusing sword and sorcery tale, which hints at Arthurian legend without being beholden to it. It concerns the defense of Uther’s kingdom from a usurper trying to steal it away from his descendant, in an alternate fantasy-world. Merlin’s children are at the forefront.
It’s a fun romp, and worth reading if you don’t want to think too hard about the real world for a little while.
And now, I will think a little too hard about this book. The biggest spoiler is a bit at the end that doesn’t have a big impact on the main plot.
The Fifth Season just won the Hugo Award for best novel, and it’s well deserved.
It’s good enough and unique enough that I’m going to throw in some literary commentary along with the science nitpicking — at no additional cost!
Also, I strongly advice against reading this review until you’ve read the book. The novel is worth reading fresh.
I’m also writing this without having yet read the sequel, The Obelisk Gate, so if you’ve read the first book but not the second, everything below is all either in the first book or my own speculation.
Well, this is a book I read. It was mostly fun, I suppose, but I didn’t like it as much as the critics apparently did. The main storyline was fine, but the exploration of the world left something to be desired.
The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt, is described as a Dickensian steampunk fantasy novel.
And… it pretty much is, but it’s not really a good thing.
And, shockingly enough, I haven’t even put in that many spoilers, so if you just want a taste before you read, this one is probably safe.
Also, be careful about reading it while hungry. It won’t help.