Bizarre, violent and fantastical, another strange and provocative read from Ms. Carter. Amazingly enough, probably the most complicated and almost unl...moreBizarre, violent and fantastical, another strange and provocative read from Ms. Carter. Amazingly enough, probably the most complicated and almost unlikeable 'heroines' of Angela Carter's so far, but still hypnotic. Heroes & Villain is a dystopian that has a lot to say about equality and subordination and is yet again another critique from Carter on patriarchy. I'm usually sucked under by Carter's dark and lyrical prose but it took me a while to get through this. Although well-written and probably immensely intellectual when deconstructed, Heroes & Villains failed to sweep me away as her other stories have. Didn't quite FEEL the dystopian nature of her world which was disappointing because the stripped, raw savagery of a dystopian should have been the backbone of this story. It was attempted but I just didn't get it. Probably just my reading experience at the moment and not a reflection on the writing itself. I still love Angela carter :-)
Maria V. Snyder is back with a vengeance! Touch of Power is an action-packed, thrilling, imaginative and romantic adventure to rival Poison Study. Hero...moreMaria V. Snyder is back with a vengeance! Touch of Power is an action-packed, thrilling, imaginative and romantic adventure to rival Poison Study. Heroine, Avry, is a healer and the last of her kind. Blamed for creating a plague that destroyed their world, Avry has been in hiding for the last 3 years. Unable to resist healing children, Avry is eventually caught, only to be freed by a man bent on using her to save a Prince he believes can save them all.
Literally from the first page I was sucked in by the adventure and Avry’s strong and compassionate narration. The action never lets up in Touch of Power, there’s constant suspense and intrigue. Similar to Snyder’s Poison Study trilogy, Touch of Power has that brilliant camaraderie between the characters, especially between Avry and a few of the men who have ‘captured’ her to take her to the Prince. Plenty of humor, sadness, frustration and charm are provided by the well-rounded group of characters, all accented by an imaginative plot that swept me off my feet. I think Touch of Power may be Snyder’s longest novel, yet I wolfed it down in less than two days, I was so struck by the worldbuilding, plot and compelling characters ('good' and 'bad').
Cannot wait to read more of this epic fantasy romance! Awesome stuff.