- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Voyager; New edition edition (4 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007123191
- ISBN-13: 978-0007123193
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,964,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Conqueror's Moon: Part One of the Boreal Moon Tale Paperback – 4 May 2004
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Inventive use of magic and a well-conceived plot will sweep readers along. ("Publishers Weekly") An outstanding world-builder. ("Booklist") Skillful world-building and keenly developed characters. ("Library Journal") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That said, you can imagine that I've always responded to new Julian May publications with eager anticipation. And I've always been left disappointed... Conqueror's Moon is no exception. This is substandard generic fantasy fare at best, with cliched plotting, two dimensional characters and an almost pulp fiction feel. It really pains me to say this; I take no pleasure in denigrating someone's work, and especially one of my one-time favourite authors, but I've been let down too often by Julian May.
Has the real Julian May been kidnapped and replaced by a pale imitator? Or has she just become cynical and complacent enough to churn out occasional by-the-numbers potboilers to keep the coffers from emptying?
Also, I found that while I was interested in the story, I certainly wasn't gripped by it. Somehow, it never takes off and moves from being an ok book into a good one. I have read the other two in the series (I bought them as a set!) and the same problems continue throughout. Not a bad read, but don't expect anything too special.
Ash from volcanic eruptions has been raining down on the island of HighBlenholme for three years, causing the worst famine in memory, as well asa serious disruption in trade. While some of the rulers in the fourkingdoms struggle to fill their treasuries and feed their subjects, othersare seeing an opportunity to increase their influence. Young DeveronAustrey, born with a wild magical talent, becomes the trusted companion ofprince Conrig of Cathra, a man with bigger dreams than anyone else. Hisgoal is to bring the whole island under his own control.
This is more than a tale of Deveron and Conrig though. True to her styleMay lets us know the minds of Conrig's allies and enemies as well, and yousoon realize that this is a story without knights in shining armour, andwith no sorcerers aspiring to become the next evil overlord. The latteris neatly avoided by a magical system that requires payment in pain foreach item of magic you master. The more powerful object, the more painyou have to endure. I really liked that approach.
With a fairly standard fantasy setup as far as world-building goes, thisbook relies heavily on the characters for enjoyment. May has a talent formaking you sympathize with (or at least understand) the character you arecurrently reading about, which is essential for a story based on politicalintrigue. The plot, centred on a secret military strike, is well paced.Read more ›
A slow burner but hooked me quickly.
A great new system of magic which I eagerly await to learn more about.
If you like Saga of the Exiles you should love this.
All in all a great start to a new series. I can't wait to read more.
If you've not read Julian May before this book is about the best place to start, it's good fantasy written by someone who knows what she's doing. I rate Julian May very highly, and this book just confirms she is a great author.
I would not recommend these books to anyone who reads a good deal of fantasy - there are many superior titles available.
I have read earlier Julian May books and they were outstanding.
This trilogy is different but very well written and a great read.
I would recommend these books they are excellent storytelling and are well worth exploring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as "believable" as the Julian May of the "Golden Torc" etc but a decent read for all that.Published 23 months ago by R J WALTERS
I loved Julian May's Pilocene Exile series so bought this to see if the magic continued. So far, I've struggled with it. I'll come back to it to try again but so far, no love.Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by lhs42
I bought this book having enjoyed the Rampart Worlds series by the same author, and this is even better. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2012 by Diogenes
The only reason I'm reading this series is because I can not find anything else in the Fantasy genre that I haven't already read, so yes I am rather desperate at the moment. Read morePublished on 13 April 2009 by Amazon Customer
i thought that this book was very good with developed characters. i strongly agree with the above review about sympathising with characters, though even the authors skill could... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2007 by Jo Bunt