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a fresh take on a Canticle for Leibowitz.,
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This review is from: The Lost Art (Kindle Edition)
There are some familiar tropes here, the post-apocalyptic setting, the hidden knowledge guarded by orders of Monks, the regression into the pre-rationalist world, the confusion between magic and high technology and the damaged men and women who act to exploit or control the forbidden knowledge. The quality of the writing and the use of an external actor to drive the plot set this aside from other explorations of this familiar tale. The warrior from outside, returning in both wonder at the world and despair for what has been lost and the lack of recovery from disaster makes exploring this irrational world fascinating. As the warrior's capabilities are slowly revealed and the lost knowledge powers its way around the world, corrupting all it touches the narrative never forgets its characters are human, from all levels, and their motivations and desires are all too fallible and recognisable. Highly enjoyable, like all of Simon Morden's writing. Recommended.