Once upon a time, in another world very different from ours (except where it was a lot alike) two young people from similar, marginalized backgrounds decided that the best way to “stick it to the man” was to get paid for killing him. Both became hitmen for a criminal organization run by a faction (or House) of the ruling class. Despite their hatred for the ruling class and the society that kept them on the bottom rungs of the ladder of life, they were both more or less assimilated by that society, and had close ties and even friendships with members of the majority ethnic group (or rather, species, because the two young people were human, and the members of the majority ethnic group were not.) Continue reading
Monthly Archives: July 2009
Grand Central Publishing, 645 pgs
There is something that is curiously addictive about lush, epic fantasy romances (whether or not actual romance takes place). Particularly if there is strange, intricate world building that turns world history just slightly sideways. (Or, in the case of Guy Gavriel Kay, reinvents it with different names.) Even if I don’t actually like the world building or the characters, I usually end up getting sucked into the story, because there’s usually something about it I find fascinating, or just too weird to look away from.