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An enjoyable piece of 'weird' fiction (Andrew Osmond DREAMWATCH)
A joy to read, it is bursting at the seams with ideas. The Year of Our War is the first book that makes you believe New Weird actually is a movement, rather than a bunch of books China Miéville likes. A Miéville quote appears prominently on the cover where he describes the book as "thoughtful, exuberant, incredibly inventive, funny but never whimsical or mannered." This is true and it doubles as a kind of manifesto pledge for New Weird (SF Site)
A stunning fantasy, and the most incredible thing about it is that it is a first novel... The setting is impeccably realised, with a deftness of touch and a genius for description which would be impressive in an author of considerably greater experience - of the current crop of British fantasy writers, only China Miéville can touch this level of brilliance. In fifty years time, people are still going to be reading this book and talking about it the way we talk about Gormengast (George Walkley INK MAGAZINE)
The density of Swainston's creation is breathtaking. But Swainston's also a knockout writer for scenes of triumphant action. Having created a world that's almost too complex to comprehend, she's able to unravel scenes of spectacular conflict. From the jaw-dropping opening chapter to the tense and bloody finish, Swainston puts the reader in the picture with a clarity that challenges cinema. (Rick Kleffel TRASHOTRON)
Her descriptive passages are rich and vivid and her characterisation is actually even better; frankly it's superb... Even her dialogue is free-flowing, original, yet natural-sounding; how often do you get that from a debut novelist? As for the protagonist himself: in Jant Shira, Swainston has come upwith one of the most irrepressibly loveable rogues in fantasy fiction, bar none. So, The Year of War has everything, yes? It¿s about as close to a perfect debut as you can get.' (THE ALIEN ONLINE)
Every so often in publishing a buzz develops about a book. The current buzz is most definitely the property of Steph Swainston and her stunning debut novel, The Year of our War. If it has antecedents then they are Angela Carter, Roger Zelazny, M. John Harrison and China Miéville. But while drawing on such illustrious forebears, it is by no means derivative. It is very much its own thing. It has a rare combination of the grim, the bizarre and the hilarious. And somehow it all works. (EMERALD CITY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The most exciting, original and important new fantasy novel to be published since China Mieville's PERDIDO STREET STATION. A breathtakingly skilful debut. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Steph Swainston has written an excellent series of books in a fantastical world. Highly enjoyable and in some ways thought provoking, together with some more gritty aspects. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Q. Rayer
I have really enjoyed this series, the concept setting locations and characters combine with some great story telling. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by randomshopper
Being an ardent fantasy fan, I was hoping to find a new approach to this genre, something different than elves, kings and magicians. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2008 by selana
a fantasy novel. running roughly 370 pages, telling the story of jant. an immortal man. who can fly. Read morePublished on 15 July 2008 by Paul Tapner
Steph Swainston is the author of three books set in the Fourlands, a series she collectively calls The Castle Series. Two more are forthcoming. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2008 by A. Whitehead
Having read many different fictions, Fantasy , Sci Fi, Murder mystery amongst others I rarely try to analyse books. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2008 by D. Powell
Can't agree with the reviews that say this is great and original. Characters are flat, and only seem different if you've never read other types fiction. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2007 by David Martin
I was given this book by recommendation and it wasn't something I would have immediatley picked for myself. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2007 by Ms. J. Nash
Absolute drivel. Unreadable. Awful clunking language and abysmal dialogue. I keep vowing never to order from others' Listmainia. Books like this are the reason why.Published on 31 July 2007 by Dr Enoch