on 18 August 2014
This demanding debut tries to be fantasy and SF at the same time. The fantasy plot is set on a world supported by a pillar that goes into 'The Deep' and consists of the struggles for power and multi-faction in-fighting of the sort that is in every fantasy novel you've ever got bored with. The fact that the writing itself is often dense and impenetrable and the characters have very similar names doesn't help much.
Into this fantasy comes the Visitor - an android that appears in the first chapter from who knows where (I never figured that out) and becomes embroiled in the political in-fighting. Only towards the end - which I couldn't give away if I wanted to as it lost me completely - does the SF element of the story enter. But that's not done particularly well, as there's little clarity in the writing.
I enjoyed Little, Big and have become intrigued by the Aegypt cycle, but this admittedly slim novel is so confusing I couldn't wait to put it down.