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An impressive book, but some small issues...,
This review is from: Green (Hardcover)
... though the issues are entirely due to characterisation, and not necessarily Jay Lake's storytelling ability.
The book does, admittedly, take a while to get going. Our initially unnamed central character is taken away from her village (geographically resembling perhaps mainland China) to a place across the sea (roughly resembling mainland Europe) to be brought up as a lady for reasons left mainly unsaid at the beginning of the novel, though obviously to be married off to a.n other nobleman.
Lake's writing is character driven, and he does build up diverse personalities in a rich world. Green, once it gets started, is a belting read with likeable leads and genuinely pleasing (if slightly obvious) twists. The prose is deep and although the graphic descriptions of some of the fights are a little confusing at points, I didn't find myself needing to re-read it and couldn't put it down much at all!
There are a few caveats that readers should be aware of, that sexuality is of no apparent importance in this world, and neither is the age of anyone participating. However, both aspects are, in my opinion, tastefully dealt with by the author and does lend credence to the mature nature of a lot of the characters.
The only unfulfilling part of the book is that the main character is seemingly never going to be left alone - whenever finding a little bit of contentment, she is torn away in quite cruel circumstances. Still, I suppose there wouldn't be a story without this, and I look forward to the follow-on!