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A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
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Jan 24, 2012

really liked it

(First read:)

Big, detailed fantasy world in which magic is done by enslaved demons. The demons are not thrilled with their role. This is politics top to bottom -- but since it's one demon to one mage, and one demon can give a winning edge to an entire city, it's really *personal* politics. Beginning of an ambitious series (unsure of planned length) which looks like a winner from here.

(On re-reading:)

I am startled, when I think about it, how this book is *entirely* about slavery and abortion -- but *not at all* about the American context of discussion of those subjects. What's startling is not that the author did it, but that it's possible at all. Then Abraham makes it look like it wasn't a trick at all.
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