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Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey

If you know me, you probably know that I absolutely adored the Kushiel's series by Carey. Sure the first book starts off slow, but it's all good stuff you need to know to get the most out of the story once it gets going. I'm really, really hoping that Banewreaker turns out to be the same for the Godslayer series.

From the back of the book - the tag line makes it sound so incredibly interesting: "If everything that is good thinks you're evil, are you?"

The story is about a war. A war between sibilings, the Shapers of the world. A war between one of the seven, and the rest. We start with the one - Satoris. He gave his 'gift' to the children of his Eldest brother, the gift of desire, that which keeps man alive (and you know, reproductive). His brother asked him to take it back, and Satoris refused. So there's war between them. Many centuries have passed, and Satoris has built a loyal base with creatures that remain loyal to him. He's recruited three men to his cause - and given them extremely long life so they can fufill his orders. The story starts as a prophecy set out by Satoris' eldest brother is threatening to be fufilled - bringing war to a somewhat peaceful place Satoris has built for him. The rest of the world thinks he's evil and none of his other siblings will speak for him.

For the story, I'd probably be much more interested as a reader at this point if I was following Satoris. But you don't. The perspective is all over the place, taking turns as each of Satoris' three warriors, as well as other people loyal to him and fighting for his cause. Because of the varying perspectives and the build up of all the story, it was a very long read. But it hasn't turned me off her writing altogether, I'm still expecting good things.

I'm going to give it some time before I start up the second in the series - Godslayer. I'm hoping it picks up quickly.

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cherith
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
So does the second one get better/faster?
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darkmagess
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
I read the first one, but not the second. I dunno, I didn't feel really compelled to see how it ended. I did like her project- take LOTR and turn it around. I believe she also said that she wanted to write a tragedy, which might also have kept me from wanting to finish the whole thing.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
I wasn't too fond of this one. I'm such a fan of the Kushiel series and this one just wasn't a good fit for me. I will read the next - hopefully it will be more enjoyable now that the characters are developed. I do appreciate that Carey isn't the kind of author to repeat the same thing over and over endlessly.
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