Lake, Jay (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name-her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan... and the skills of an assassin... she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties.She calls herself Green.The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke's city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green , and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the reader's mind for a long time after closing the book.
Authors: Lake, Jay
Title: Green
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jay Lake
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
ISBN: 0765321858
Branch Call Number: SF LAKE 2009
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
LCCN: 2008050608
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Start a great fantasy series. Portland author I wish he'd had the time to write more.

Nov 23, 2013
  • Vilka rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Started off very well: a little girl is sold by her poor father and taken across the sea to be trained in cruel isolation to be a high-class lady/courtesan for a mysterious Duke. She secretly rages against her captivity and vows to escape and end child trafficking. As it turns out, two of her keepers seem to have their own rather different plans for her... But then the author seems to lose the threads of the story and starts to wander. When the girl hits her early teens, he adds in a lot of very casual, opportunistic, emotionally absent girl-on-girl promiscuity--not just sex: promiscuity--though he thankfully doesn't go into steamy details, the extreme unfeeling casualness was alienating. I hope the author improves, because the beginning had such promise!

Feb 20, 2010
  • brightling rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I would not consider the sexual content to be particularly explicit, but there are elements that some may find either offensive or disturbing and should be cautioned. The general attitude toward sexuality in the book is incredibly uninhibited and also contains darker elements of "bdsm" at times. The author actually does quite a good job of having these attitudes be cohesive and consistent throughout the environment of the novel, not seeming to have included them for shock value. However this almost nonchalant portrayal, of what in reality can be a very intense and personal form of sexual awareness, lacks a depth of understanding in the presentation that I feel would help some readers better reconcile with what can be confusing and disturbing content. Other than that it was an interesting story.


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Feb 20, 2010
  • brightling rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Feb 20, 2010
  • brightling rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: While not necessarily explicit this novel does contain elements of BDSM and varying forms of very open sexuality. I would caution readers with more sensitive views.


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