Scholes, Ken

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands. Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city - he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant. Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered. This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0765321270
Branch Call Number: SF SCHOLES 2009
Characteristics: 366 p. :,map ;,25 cm


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The city of Windwir is the one center of learning in the land and it has been utterly destroyed by an unknown force.

This first novel from a Portland area writer envisions an Earth far in the distant future where magic is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes, but war, faith, and love still move princes and men.

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Jan 18, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book and look forward to the sequels. I like the authors style. He tells the story of several main characters from their point of view. The plot is great and well written. The action is well written. The dialogue, including the inner dialogue of the characters, is the standout here. The story is full of twists and intrigue. It is a low magic fantasy world that I thought was pretty original and complex.

Dec 26, 2010
  • HartmuthKroll rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book by author learning his trade. We are introduced to a new, fully imagined world, with its own back-story and rules. While slow in getting off the ground, its scope shows imagination and presence. Take your time - let things develop. I enjoyed the follow-up even more.

Jan 13, 2010
  • dida rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This book was ok, but failed to draw me in. I finished reading it, but it took a bit of effort to keep going. Too many POV characters, too much switching between them, and not enough depth to the storyline.... The entire plotline was a slow and gradual resolution of an event early in the book -- it was almost dull.


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Jan 13, 2010
  • dida rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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