The Sunless Countries
In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Sere glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafÃs. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Sere eternally falls, a great voice has begun
The first three books follow Hayden Griffin a man bent on revenge for the deaths of his parents. They had been sun builders, a very valuable skill in the dark balloon skin of Virga. In The Sunless Countries Schroeder ...more
He’s trying to write a character journey where she goes from thinking she deserves to be rescued and fantasizing about being involved with the sun-lighter to being an independent woman. And her character does that. But it’s all in the telling, not the showing. ...more
Plotline: Plenty of intrigue and complications set in a huge scope. Plenty to keep the reader interested. Huge plot that keeps going and going
Premise: Incredible. It really wouldn’t work. ...more
Welcome to the penultimate Virga tale. It's a wild one.
The first time I read this book I really didn't enjoy it as much as the previous books in the Virga series. Its heroine seemed weaker and the story was less about crazy physics and world-building and more about a society teetering on the verge of authoritarianism. And then the ending got kind of weird.
This time around, however I appreciated that Leal Maspeth, the heroine, is actually a much subtler and more interesting character than the swashbuckling ...more
The book just ... ended. But the story didn't. I don't know what happens next. I don't know if the heroen succeeds in her quest. I don't know if she finds love, or saves her country from social and political unrest. The book clearly was designed for a sequel, but I can't figure out if a sequel is forthcoming and, more ...more
The first three Virga books resolved into jaw dropping swashbucklers, did I say jaw dropping? More like mandible ...more
This is a story mainly told from the perspective of a history teacher. Sound exciting? Yeah, it's not. The book uses the same plot devices as the other three. The characters live with a corrupt government and that is their major nemesis. There is only one character from any of the other books and it's basically a cameo.
There is nothing interesting, intriguing or interesting. The only reason to read this through to try ...more
These novels shine in their creative setting, throwing together bits from many genres. It's just fun!
I did find it annoying that Irvine and Thorn often switch off narration in the middle of a scene. Whenever they switched at a point that wasn't a chapter break, it distracted me for a couple of minutes.
The main character (new in this outing) is also a "quirky bookish female" and those kind of character tropes leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Virga has the advantage of being a strikingly original and breathtaking complete world.
I highly recommend these books.