The idea behind a ...more
Rowan is a Steerswoman, one of an order of people (mostly women) who are dedicated to seeking, sharing, and storing information. She has become interested in some mysterious jewels and joins up with Bel, a warrior woman from the land's outskirts, to search for their origin, which proves to be tied up with the powerful, enigmatic wizards. Suddenly, Rowan and Bel are involved in something much bigger than they ...more
I think this book is what happens when an author is overly concerned with character development. The reader learns every detail of the personalities of the main characters, and meanwhile: "Will something please happen?" Plot movement? - not so much.
Worldbuilding?- not so much. The same lead character who (in an age with medieval technology) is working out ...more
But this is the first book I've read that's not only sci-fi, but diamond-hard sci-fi, and so thoroughly disguised as a fantasy story it took me half ...more
Steerswomen, apparently, are kind of like traveling librarians. They know about all kinds of things (especially maps, which I guess is where the steering comes in).
They are sworn to answer truthfully any question they are asked, EXCEPT that you also have to answer their questions! And if you refuse, NO STEERSWOMAN WILL EVER ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AGAIN.
Oh, and also there are wizards, who(we know, but the people in the book don't) are not really magical people but they ...more
This was such an enjoyable read. Rowan, the main character, is entertaining, engaging, and believable. She is the Steerswoman of the title, and her curiosity is piqued when she encounters blue jewels unlike any others she has come across in a variety of places. She wonders where they came from, and how the came to be so scattered across the world. She can't quite work it out, but as she investigates she realises that someone really doesn't want her to know.
And knowledge, the gaining and the...more
The first scene is very slow; I spent the entire scene quite certain that I'd be tossing the book when I'd read my fifty pages. But once things start moving, they move along at a pace that feels right, and the way the story captures what it feels like to learn -- to put together partial information and begin to build on it -- is ...more
That’s probably starting at the wrong end, so here’s the intro: The Steerswoman is a fascinating novel which ...more
"The Steerswoman" gave that to me on the morning I opened it. It was an intriguing blend of the familiar (sword and sorcery setting with a hint of a high tech past, a search for a kind of gem that may not be a gem, a coaching inn filled with pilgrims, red-coated soldiers in service to a mage and a band of ...more
I'm planning to write more about this series if/when I have the chance, and will review the first book alongside the second here, which will ...more
So conversations in this story don't go the way you think they will. Confrontations play out differently. And for once, we have a novel in which the female protagonist is not threatened with sexual violence. Imagine a book with a female ...more
i loved that this book was just straight up about two women (although i was a little disgruntled by the later addition of a Special Destiny Farmhand teen boy), and i love romance but i appreciated that they both just like, had casual flings but no real romance. rooting for them to get together in later books but i do not foresee that happening.
i almost gave this a 3.5, solely because the ending frustrated me, but then i was like, ...more
As an sf reader, it's really clear that these humans are colonizing and gradually terraforming a new planet. They have also lost a lot of tech, including electricity; the few humans able to work with that are the "wizards", which is apparently a closely inbred and secretive clan.
This makes these books a really delightful combination of science fiction and fantasy, with intelligent protagonists who are ...more
Obviously, it's not a complete story in itself. ...more
I enjoyed the competent, experienced female characters (there is a young man setting out on his journey, but he's regarded with indulgent frustration until he proves unexpectedly useful). The hints that technology underlies the magic are nicely built up. The setting, in ...more
I also really appreciate the fact that it's truly taking the trope of "magic just being science we don't currently understand" to its logical point. It makes reading it an interesting exercise: is that gunpowder? Is this post-apocalyptic and the Guidestars are satellites?
INTERESTING. TO ...more
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