Monday, May 6, 2019
reading: the raven tower
(Structural spoilers may follow.)
Leckie’s earlier novels have fallen roughly in the space opera / military SF
zone. This one is fantasy, with recognizable genre apparatus (swords, horses,
fortresses, hereditary nobility, etc.), but in terms of plot mechanics and tone
it’s not a radical departure. It’s concerned with a world where gods are real
and intervene routinely in human life, but once you grant the basic premise it
unfolds a system of rules and consequences in a way that rings far more science
fictional than mystical or theological in the usual sense.
I read the whole thing in a sitting last night, having wrecked my ability to
fall asleep by combining too much of microbrew, espresso, and cheap cigars into
a low-level panic attack, so I was grateful for the distraction.
The ending felt a little rushed, but on the whole I think the author may have
gotten better at pacing since her first big trilogy. I would happily spend
more time with these characters. Recommended.
tags: topics/ann-leckie, topics/reading, topics/sfnal