Enter the city of Hart's Hope, ruled by gods both powerful and indifferent, riddled with sorcery and revenge. The city was captured by a rebellious lord, Palicrovol, who overthrew the cruel king, Nasilee, hated by his people.
Palicrovol, too, was cruel, as befitted a king. He took the true mantle of k ...more
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"if only we could stand outside our lives and look at what we do, we might repair so many injuiries before they're done."
When I was younger I considered this my favorite single OSC book (yes, even above Ender's Game). It's been many years since I've re-read it, and it wasn't quite able to hold on to that top position (yes, back to Ender's Game).
I described the book to someone else on goodreads as:
his most dark and yet most beautiful book.
I think that description still stands. It's certainly dar ...more
This is not indicitive of my reaction to all of Orson Scott Card's work. I'd read several other w ...more
If the purpose of a novel is to allow the reader to experience things in life without having to have lived it, maybe Hart’s Hope is a magnificent piece. But, if the purp ...more
Written in the form of a letter to a king on the verge of making a difficult decision, Hart's Hope is a dark fantasy which creates a world rich with religion, moral dilemmas, and some of the basest examples of human behavior. I also think that there's more to this morality tale than meets the eye. This book probably deserves a second reading to see if I can catch any more subtleties of meaning.
All that said, I can't give this 5 stars. Oh, I enjoyed it immense ...more
He didn't mean it.
This is possibly the darkest, bloodiest, most unrelentingly depressing fantasy I've ever read, and I love it. I've read it six times. This probably says something not very flattering about me, but there you are. It also is beautifully written, thoroughly realized, and haunting. I can't recommend it highly enough, provided you've got a taste for the disturbing.
Which I apparently do.
I liked some of the magic and a lot of the religious aspects of the book (the religions/worship that were present in the book, not that the book is preachy), but overall, a lot of the book felt a little over the top.
This is a very early foray for Card into fantasy, and it does feel like it. He has definitely refined his fantasy writing since this time. It's not a total waste, but I feel like a lot of potential was lost.
questa è la storia di Palicrovol, il barone che divenne re spodestando il suo crudele sovrano Nasilee. è la storia di Sleeve il mago, cui venne affidata non solo la figlia dell'odiato monarca, Asineth, ma anche la creatura che questa portava in grembo. è la storia di come le forze del male aiutarono Asineth a diventare una Maga più potente di Sleeve grazie al sacrificio della figlia. è la storia della bellissima Maga Asineth che volle strappare il trono a Palicrovol e torturarlo con incubi orren...more
It's not a bad book, but it's not a particularly great one either. At first I didn't think I would finish, the characters and story just didn't mean enough to me, but then I rarely pick up a book and don't finish, so I stuck it out. As I did, I found that I came to ...more
There is an immense number of ways that fantasy authors have used to depict magic. Usually, particularly in writers who are just re-using the standard accoutrements of the genre, it is basically an alternate way to perform actions, or a way to do the impossible. This reduces it to a narrative convenience, which is not in the end terribly interesting unless it makes it possible for the author to concentrate on other things. There are few novels wh ...more
But the entire setting was dark, with the common folk offering blood sacrifices, different gods for men and women (with different agendas), lots of poverty and crime, lots of intrigue and back-stabbing, with literally ...more
Not having read straight fantasy in years, I knew that it might take me personally some time to sort out the conventions and names. And as I expected, the first few pages challenged me, but Scott Card, whom I've read before, managed to capture my interest so that I continued. ...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more