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The Sovereign Hand

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“In my experience, the difference between hope and despair turns on the tiniest thing...”

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person – human, gobelin, or drake – can dream, toil hard and
Paperback, 460 pages
Published August 21st 2014 by Steam Press (first published August 13th 2014)
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is a hopeful sign of a growing maturity in the field of SF&F in New Zealand that this work of fantasy doesn’t feel the need to scream “I am a New Zealand novel” although it was both written and published here. Instead it whispers its kiwi roots in references to such things as feijoas and punga trees, which I’m sure is entirely deliberate. In fact, I suspect that a great deal of deliberation has gone into the writing of “The Sovereign Hand”, in its clever and carefully measured prose, its meti ...more
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Set amidst a backdrop of steam and coal smoke, high magic and complicated politics; the bustling metropolis of Thorn faces an impending evil and only a group of five heroes, summoned by fate, can stop the cataclysm. The sovereign hand is a masterful work of depth and breadth. Paul Gilbert has created a deep backstory and a rich world, often seen lacking in most fiction, that is on par with Game of Thrones or Sword of Truth. Various races and species co-exist in a noisy city rife with politics an ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great read, with layers of story. A slow start at first, and some of the imagery drowned in wordiness, but as the style became the norm, the story unfolded, keeping me reading. I loved the little nods to NZ in the mention of feijoa and ponga.
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