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Quintessence Sky

(Quintessence #2)

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Quintessence Sky continues where the events of Quintessence (Tor Books, 2013) left off. At the edge of the flat Earth, a strange fire in the sky burns, altering the balance of the elements and threatening all life on Horizon Island. Matthew Marcheford experiments to determine the cause, while the growing animosity of the manticores and the arrival of more ships from Europe je ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published October 26th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 14th 2013)
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Fantasy Literature
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Quintessence Sky is the follow-up to David Walton’s historical fantasy Quintessence, one of last year’s more interesting reads for me which garnered a four and a half star recommendation, thanks to its rich characterization and smart discussions or representations of big ideas: clash of religions and cultures, imperialism/colonialism, the conflict of science and religion.

Unfortunately, despite all its good qualities, Quintessence couldn’t find enough of an audience (we do what we can
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Doug
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan. I hope there's a third.
Sean Randall
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
An utterly delightful read. walton's put something of a lighter tone into this one; Catherine dies twice over before we start chapter 5. And, although it's seriously written and supposed to be read as such, the awe and brilliance of the Quintessence powers shines through to give the reader a sense that, somehow, things will turn out well.

"Princess Elizabeth isn't likely to pay us a visit any time soon" is perhaps my favourite statement of the entire work. And speaking of the princess
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Megan
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was not quite as polished as the first one (which was AMAZING). Still, I thoroughly enjoyed diving back into the science/magic blend that is Quintessence, and there was a solid story to go with it with great stakes and lots of adventure and puzzling. If you enjoyed all the great worldbuilding in the first book, it would be a shame to miss this one.
Rob Sartin
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful addition

David Walton does an excellent job of creating a scientific world based on religious/magical assumptions and bring in political and religious intrigue.
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