Monthly Archives: September 2010
In The High King of Montival, Rudi has gained the Sword of the Lady, been declared High King by his companions and now is ready to build an army and make alliances with the groups he has encountered on his quest. His first recruits are an Asatru community that formed itself up in Maine. As he works his way back along the way he traveled, he picks up more people and establishes the eastern-most boundary of his notional kingdom. Meanwhile, people back home are meeting envoys from the various groups Rudi encountered, and continuing their war with the Church Universal and Triumphant (while also waiting for Rudi to turn up with the Sword in classic Big Fat Fantasy Novel fashion.)
It is difficult to say whether The Sword of Winter is more of a fantasy with science fiction elements, or a science fiction novel with fantasy elements. The technology is steam-level, with telegraphs. It’s a book that is strong on character interactions and political intrigue, with some fascinating worldbuilding elements. I first read this book back in junior high, and it has been one of my on again, off again favorites for years. It doesn’t seem to be in print, but it’s a relatively easy book to find.
The blurb for The Gaslight Dogs makes it sound as if it is going to be another case of “white Guy learns native ways and saves the day,” but this is not the case. This would normally be fine with me, except that the story is also “people who hate each other an awful lot flop around and don’t do much of anything.” I am not a fan of this kind of story, but the world building was interesting so I continued reading it. Continue reading
In The Door into Sunset, our leading characters go through many evolutions and “power ups” as their efforts to depose Cillmod come to a head. This book focuses mainly on Freelorn as he tries to find a way to become a true Initiate in the royal magics that protects the country from the Shadow, (and which also ensure that the land doesn’t turn back into wasteland like most of the continent seems to be). We also watch Hasai and Segnbora become Very Important Persons among the Dragons, and Herewiss learn to cope with being the First Man in Centuries with the Blue Flame. Continue reading