From the back cover: The Heart of the World is a land in strife. Ash blijft een groot mysterie wat hem alleen maar interessanter maakt! The Good: An overall enjoyable read. In this world, there is a ruling cult, called Mann that preaches embracing the flesh and is bent on conquering the entire known world. Mixed feelings about this one. Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun - who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. I chose not to join them.
And the Isles of Sky. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. It served as an excuse for Caligula style debauchery, cruelty, and murder. A world in strife with names that sound like this one and then names that don't and I just had moments where I wanted him to call a smeerp a rabbit or a rabbit a smeerp but be consistent and just do it. They seemed swept along by the Dao, following the way of the Great Fool.
As with any good story Col Buchanan starts of with setting your senses towards a want to finish this books asap by a action packed prologue that only raises a lot of questions, who, what and who and what yet again. The backdrop of the story is sound, the world building quite intriguing, and often Col uses his environment to great effect to bring a reality to the tale that is often lacking in fantasy novels. The cultures, too, seem vaguely familiar, even to the point of monks who follow the Daoist Way. That seems inconsistent with his friendly forthright character They have a competition and aggression kind of relationship of stereotyped boyhood fantasies. Mais ces histoires sont lentes, et malgré un récit et un univers aux abords intéressants, ces longueurs et la lenteur que met l'histoire à s'installer en aura découragé plus d'un, ce qui fut mon cas. The incongruous mix of gunpowder technology, mysticism there's no magic, but a few prophetic dreams crop up and swords-and-shields also probably needs a little more explanation than what we get in this first book, but these are mostly minor issues. Ash is a member of a sect known as Rōshun, assassins who offer protection through the threat of vendetta.
The people here still follow Daoism, and are fighting to remain free. Trapped in the besieged city is a young, desperate, and hungry teenager named Nico. Didn't like Ash much neither. In my opinion, they would destabilize the ecosystem where humans live. I often found those descriptions to help build the world around the characters. Rallying to its defence are those from the secretive network known as the Few, including the cripple and troubleshooter Coya Zeziké. A little more action when de vendetta starts and a few surprise I didn't see coming but didn't really like the result but it's fellow the mood the author is setting for the next book.
These shifts always appropriate, never jarring or distracting. Black powder weapons are employed alongside swords and pirates and merchantmen ply the skies as well as the seas. It is an imagined world, though somewhat grounded in ours, with words and names similar enough to be familiar, but foreign enough to be new. Aussi, les 150 premières pages équivalent à un prologue et quatre chapitres, dans lesquels on découvre nos protagonistes qui sont Ash et Nico, ainsi que d'autres personnages secondaires. I liked the dark grity world building. Hi Phil, You are asking an interesting question. Lol Great start to the series which as it progresses will build up to explore other area's such as the Free Cities that have only been mentioned so far in the book.
Having attempted to read a couple of fantasy books within the last few months, and having failed, I was beginning to wonder if I was going off fantasy. A couple of well written action sequences kept me from totally going sleep during this one. But this is not the history of our earth, despite the similarities. I'm definitely not against having modernism in fantasy without talking about sci-fi. From an early age he turned to reading and writing fantastical works to escape his troubles.
And there are guns, airships, artillery so even the setup is not quite pseudo-medieval The writing is very engaging though there are the occasional cringe passages and the over-the-top villains are really cartoonish for a while, but overall I would say that the last half of the novel more than makes up for the good but not great beginning. Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun, who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. The sky has two moons. I liked Ash, but Nico was just a standard youngster who needed to find a place in the world. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.
But the doubt remains: Does Buchanan have a real imagination, or is he merely a skilled embroiderer? Other characters are more interesting, such as Kira the mother of the Mannian Patriarch , but are kept intriguingly off-screen, hopefully to play larger roles later on. Ash's way of teaching is often to stand back and let Nico work it out himself. In the grey area of good guys we have two side characters who aren't really plot relevant since they clearly will be more important in a sequel. The middle third a bore, and finally the ending made the whole thing fall apart. That's how I feel about the entire book.