I’m cheating a little with posting this cover art (I’m a sucker for a good cityscape) because I was sent the omnibus by James Long at Orbit, who thought I might like it. He was wrong – I loved it.
I’m not going to review it (not that I really do reviews that much). You know when you enjoy a book so much, you enjoy the nuances, and you know that none of this can be captured in a write-up? It’s almost pointless. There are so many layers, and none of the reviews I’ve read have seen the same city and characters as I have – which goes to show how much I enjoyed it. This really is a splendid book. A gentle piece where characters grow, rather than an all-out action romp. There are some marvellous complexities and twists, too. We talk a lot about grown-up novels, and sometimes we think sex and violence makes a book grown-up. It doesn’t, and this book proves my point – it’s as mature as fantasy writing can get, and does so without being visceral. This is a sensual, balmy afternoon of a novel: a travelogue, a character study and a textbook example of intricate world-building.
When I grow up, I want to write as well as Daniel Abraham.