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In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman
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Jun 17, 2008

it was ok
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Read in July, 2008

Friedman builds a portrait of two cultures in perpetual war and two extraordinary nemeses born of them. Characters are introduced and discarded by the dozens to fill in aspects of the culture; all building to two face-to-face meetings.

The cultures were interesting as thought experiments and analogies to our world but not much else. The characters were … there. I never engaged with either Zatar or Anzha (the nemeses) and really thought they should get over themselves. Actually I thought the whole Braxin/Braxaná culture should have gotten over itself.

Really, the world building is the only thing In Conquest Born has going for it. So if you'd like to see extreme extrapolations of bad ideas (free love [of a sort], the denigration of gentler emotions, etc.), give it a read.
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