I liked this however, the first 150 or so pages of the book are hard to keep track of. I ended up setting this aside for a couple of weeks before ret I liked this however, the first 150 or so pages of the book are hard to keep track of. I ended up setting this aside for a couple of weeks before returning to it last week because of this. I liked the way the story was constructed, and the non linear movement of the plot. I just had a really hard time keeping the story tellers apart at first as they were all written from the same point of view just about other events.
When the three story lines started to tie together the novel became very quickly paced. I didn't mind the addition of magic at the end as it was done in a subtle way that worked with the events that had put Essa where she was in her life. I would have loved to have had the world a little more built up I felt teased by not being able to become more immersed in the surroundings that shaped the story. I also was left wanting to know more about Etha and the music she makes in her future. ...more
I received this book in a Prime Books bundle purchased to help the Worldbuilders fundraiser started by author Patrick Rothfus.
I was first drawn in byI received this book in a Prime Books bundle purchased to help the Worldbuilders fundraiser started by author Patrick Rothfus.
I was first drawn in by the cover art. It is gorgeous. Really, I am a sucker for good cover art. Then I noticed the authors whose stories were inside. Many of my favorite science fiction and fantasy authors were included.
this was perfect reading for the weekend before the Christmas Holidays. I seem to remember having read a couple of these stories before as all were first published elsewhere. Some were dark, some uplifting, some both at the same time.
The stories which stood out in my mind are: Pal O' Mine by Charles De Lint - which left me in tears. The Nutcracker Coup by Janet Kagan. How the Bishop Sailed to Inniskeen by Gene Wolfe - which never gets any less spooky no matter how many times I have read it. Home for Christmas by Nina Kiri Hoffmann. Go Towards the Light by Harlan Ellison
All in all this collection of 18 stories centered around the winter holidays (Christmas, Yule, Solstice Hannukah, etc) is a very enjoyable collection ...more
It starts with tragic event:. As Captain Lawrence and Temeraire return to England with the rescued Prussian soldiers they discover that tragedy has stIt starts with tragic event:. As Captain Lawrence and Temeraire return to England with the rescued Prussian soldiers they discover that tragedy has struck the dragons of the country. An unknown illness, first thought to be a cold has been introduced by a Native American dragon and has turned deadly. Temeraire however, does not contract the illness and in fact is discovered to have had the cold and been cured during his previous trip to China.
Lawrence and Temeraire set off with the ill members of their formation on a journey to Africa to try and find the mushroom that the Imperial chefs made into a tasty stew while they were in Cape Town that might have been a cure for the mystery illness. They are accompanied by a former slave turned missionary and his family who are bound for Africa to try and bring the Christian faith to the people in their former homeland. However, when they get to Cape Town, they find that the mushroom they are seeking is considered bad as it makes the cattle ill and is destroyed by both European settlers and the cattle raising tribes in the area. Their search takes them further into the interior, where they are captured by members of an African tribe that has ancestor ties to the dragons of the land. Worse, the mushrooms that they found are considered property of the King of the tribe.
Will Laurence and Temeraire be able to get back to England with the medicine they require? or will their African captors do them harm before they can trade for the medicines.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I found it captivating. As well I enjoyed the fact that it delved into the issues of slavery and slave trade both for humans as well as dragons. This book also allows for another break from the War being fought by Napoleon (although the end brings us back to the conflict), and allows the reader to explore another part of the world. Africa at the time was being divided up between the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French without any thought for the people already living there. In modern times there are still repercussions to colonization. I enjoyed seeing this alternate look at what might happen if 1. there were dragons to help protect these people and 2. what would happen is they decided enough was enough....more