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This review is from: Devices and Desires (The Engineer Trilogy: Book One) (Kindle Edition)
Fabulous - witty, clever, well thought through, very 'real'. The cover is a really good reflection of the contents! Elegant and carefully considered.
If you like Rothfuss' King Killer Chronicles, Hobb's Farseeer trilogy, The Song of Ice and Fire's political wrangling and power struggles (not the battles, dragons and 'others' bits) and Pullman's His Dark Materials then this is up your street. It isn't elves and dragons, its a very recognisable universe that holds together logically.
I remember reading Robin Hobb saying that she needed to believe that the fantasy world could function - what the economy was, the agricultural system and so on. I totally agree which is why I didn't enjoy Gardens of the Moon. it wasn't that book's number of characters and lack of backstory that put me off, but it was just a series of fights and battles and there was nothing to make the 'world' it all took place in plausible, there was no feeling that the backdrop to all the action was three d.
Here it's the opposite, violent action yes, but not described over pages and pages, and balanced by clever plotting, both by the author and the characters. Resentment to economic dominance, an industrial society vs agrarian and so on. All felt very real.
Oh, and it is laugh-aloud-funny. I bought books two and three after the first 100 pages of book one. And I shall contentedly munch through his (or is it her?) other work I really hope with as great pleasure - if it as consistently good.