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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Norse fantasy at the (second) End of the World, 11 Nov 2009
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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK) - See all my reviews
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After Ragnarok (when the world of the Valkyrie ended) the world then evolved the Human race. A few thousand years later, the Humans had managed to invent atomic bombs, genetically engineered viruses and a whole host of other unpleasant side effects of technology, which (naturally) destroyed most of the planet - leaving only one city maintained by a powerful techno-wizard.

Just one remaining Valkyrie (and her steed) has the task of saving the planet from final destruction - and along the way we meet a host of intriguing characters. Humans genetically engineered as animals, or as cyborgs, or in one case, a computer.

In Elizabeth Bear's usual way this oblique look at humanity from a fantasy angle all makes sense (although many paragraphs may need a second going over before they release their meaning).

On a par with Mark Chadbourn's "Dark Age" trilogy, or some of Ursula Le Guin's fantasy, and Mary Gentle's fantasy work - thoroughly recommended.

And do try Bear's "Promethean Age" series - pure bliss!
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