Plot[ edit ] Tony Last is a country gentleman, living with his wife Brenda and his eight-year-old son John Andrew in his ancestral home, Hetton Abbey.
This is a long review so here is the TL: DR for the impatient among you: This is a very well written book — by which I mean that the writing is excellent.
Ironically that writing may well be a barrier between many readers and enjoying it. This is an interesting book — by which I mean it evokes interesting questions of a literary nature.
It is not a book with a well-engineered plot where everything comes together in the end with an almighty bang a la Sanderson. This is a grim book - Nasty stuff happens to innocent people. The level of detail is often small in these instances but the quality of the writing makes you cringe at them even so.
The writing in this book is killing me already. Deep fetid marsh rot snot shit filth green. He was killed fighting a dragon. A dragon killed him. I think the writing is excellent, but it is certainly not the sort of writing that fantasy fans are used to.
This is a book written in a refreshingly literary style more familiar to the readers of literary fiction.
There is a strong voice to the prose, which I liked a lot. I needed my word-brain exercised after the last couple of books I dipped into and abandoned where the words fell dead on the page. However, many fantasy readers will not like the change.
This is in no way to suggest that they lack the intelligence or sophistication to appreciate the work … just that it will not be what they were expecting. As a case in point, consider one of the offending lines from above.
But everyday conversation is full of these things, especially when we are wrestling with a concept. Dialogue in fantasy books is generally a stand-in for genuine conversation. Playwrights do not write dialogue like fantasy writers do since they need the audience seeing the person speaking the lines to believe in them, there and then, in the moment.
Some of the dialogue in TCoBK follows this style. The book moves from first person to third, from present tense to past tense, takes an omniscient point of view at times, and varies these things for a given character. The effect can be quite dramatic and powerful, but also may unsettle a reader.
Fantasy writing is generally all about the story, specifically: Many readers want prose that draws no attention to itself whatsoever. A line that makes a reader sit up and notice is, by some lights, taking the reader out of the story.
The prose, some say, is a plot delivery mechanism. This can work very well. I really enjoyed the Brandon Sanderson book I read. You will notice the writing in this book. The linguistic skill is aimed mostly at description rather than at aphorisms.
The effect is cumulative over a page rather than shining from one line. I never had a sense of overarching plot. It is more a series of things that happened, though focusing down on two characters and their journey toward an uncertain destiny.
This is not a bad thing, unless you really need a plot. The next thing that fantasy readers tend to like are characters. TCoBK goes a step further and presents us with characters who are generally horrible in almost every aspect and lack even humour or charisma to hang onto.
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