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- Print Length: 275 pages
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- Publisher: Sofawolf Press (18 Jun. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008CRU6DO
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Flight of the Godkin Griffin (The Godkindred Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Within this fascinating setting, a fascinating character. Mistress Commander Angharad Godkin has been tasked with leading troops into one of the wilder provinces of the world. It is nominally conquered but seething with resentment, old customs, and strange gods. Angharad has to juggle the logistics of a large and disparate army, an old lover, the call of gods she doesn't even want to believe in, and the demands of a distant leader, which seem more and more unreasonable as she gets to know her new territory.
Angharad is very human (despite being a griffin). She's old. She's grumpy. She gets hurt. She has biases and frailties, not to mention occasional inappropriate thoughts about her officers. Most importantly, this strange setting makes sense when seen through her eyes. I found myself invested in her struggle, but desperate to see the wider world that is only glimpsed in passing. Maybe in book 2...
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Less grim than Hogarth's Jokka stories, Flight nevertheless deals with some extremely troubling subjects, as Ragna's monstrous snow leopard clan and their disgusting treatment of their women and their mongrel children (literal mongrels. The LEGO genetics of the world leads them to believe that impregnating their women with animals will lead to a de-evolution that makes them closer to the Earth and to the gods) leads to Ang being beaten, gang-raped and the clan subsequently slaughtered to the last man.
(Surprisingly, she doesn't angst about this much, being more annoyed than anything, since it'll complicate her duty to find a husband and get a legitimate child for her clan.)
Actually the mongrels are another troubling subject. The world setup is similar to Piers Anthony's Xanth series of all things, with literally anyone able to make love to anyone else, leading to mix and match species. In Ang's case, this makes her a Godkin, a mix of over ten species, giving her the appearance of a classic fantasy griffon. Her kingdom believes with enough species mixing, they can produce gods. But sometimes the mix doesn't work, and they end up with mongrels, either humanoids with limited intelligence or animals with all too human intelligence (in this case making up the bulk of Silfia's cavalry mounts). As the father of an autistic son, I found the idea of taking groups of nevertheless sentient beings with limited intelligence and sending them off to war more than a little off-putting.
There are also a couple of minor issues that arise, likely from original serial publication of the story in LiveJournal. Early on, one character is described as likely having some Siamese Cat in their blood, which knocked me out of Hogarth's otherwise careful worldbuilding for a moment, and the issue with Silfia and her late and unlamented husband is dealt with rather clumsily, with the man's brother chasing her down through foreign territory just to finally have a duel with her and close up the plot thread.
Oh, and fair warning, for $6.00 you're basically getting half a novel. The story ends on a cliffhanger and the next installment isn't out yet. Nevertheless it's a well-written $6.00 story, and worth reading.
I was hooked from the very first page, and my delight only grew with each chapter. The dialogue is engaging and at times outright funny. The book is well-plotted (with one caveat which I will explain in a moment). The prose is wonderfully lyrical in places - I've come to expect that from Hogarth.
Then, too, there is the thematic content. Hogarth skillfully weaves in questions of relationships and children and choice; questions about being human and being divine. I'll admit to being a little uncomfortable with the mongrels at first, and with Angharad's thirst for vengeance, but it's good to read things that push you, that make you think.
Now for the caveat: the book does not conclude. I can't even really say it ends on a cliffhanger - really, it just stops, abruptly. It feels like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book. Not even the end of a "Part I".
When you're introducing a new character and a new plotline at 90+% of the way through the novel...that's a good indication that either you're not finished, or this plotline should belong to the next book.
I think if the book had ended a little earlier, perhaps even just one chapter earlier?
Well. I'm certainly eager for the next one, now.
Reading about Angharad you will not be disappointed. Hogarth has a good feel of what a militarized person is like and it shows in the commander's interior thoughts and in her actions. The story itself is solid and progresses naturally. Those looking for magic will find it, but not in a way that feels forced or cheesy. The rules of the society the reader enters are complex and compelling and drive the story in a way that is sensible rather than heedlessly dramatic.
If you want to try something new and are looking for a bit of the fantastic, give this book a try. My major complaint is the decision to split the Ebook. While I understand the necessity of making a physical edition smaller to allow for plausible use of the form of the text, I have no such hangups about length in an ebook and would gladly have paid double the price for the next segment.
Give it a read, you won't be disappointed.
It contains politics, religion, world creation and a good story.
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