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It centres around a dangerous site of high magic and a tragic accident, drawing all three characters together and entangling their relationships. The author writes with a light touch, just brushing up against the darker realities of the situation without breaking pace or losing fun.
The world is really strongly imagined and full of characters who all seem to have their own stories. Sadly, these are not touched on in this novella, but you get a strong sense that these people are real and that there is more to know about them.
GREEN SKY & SPARKS is the perfect light read if you want a little romance, a light dose of political intrigue, and big bite of adventure. I look forward to the next.
The people are defined by occupation and also by race. I especially like that one set are warrior/protectors and this includes their women. Equality appears to be far more developed, which is a refreshing change.
Starting off is Catter Jeck, who is tasked with finding a place that is the hub of all magic, which he can get near as he is an archivist and not a mage. His mission is made much easier when he teams up with Toru, the Lord Heir of Melton, who is also an air mage, something he uses to power his flying machine. Toru comes across as an explorer fired with enthusiasm, but held back to a certain extent by his position in life, although he has a solution for this. After an accident, Toru finds himself mind linked to an injured female healer recently bereaved. Not a good thing to happen, and yet very useful when Toru and Catter need help later.
Loved the way this played out and am looking forward to the next instalment.
I was flicking through my kindle, through a bunch of new e-books, and having a disappointing time of it (three books in a row I had not managed to get past the first couple of pages). The it felt like I'd take a dive into a refreshing, sparkling sea off the coast of some medittereanean beach... OK, so I'm stretching the metaphor. I'm trying to say the contrast was almost shocking.
I rarely say much about the story in reviews. I dont get the point of a precis the book for you and tell you about all the charcters. I mean, then whats the point of reading it? I'm much more about style, about the way the book is engineered. This book is a gem.
You know instantly that its going to be an easy read, you may even pause for a moment to make a mug of something and grab a packet of biscuits. You know this one is going to be a long ride. Now that I think about it, I believe the last time I got 'that' feeling was when I opened up the first volume of <i>The Belgariad</i>, by David Eddings. It's accessible and open and could be used as the definition for 'easy read'.
That's not to say its simplistic. Characters grow quickly, and the descriptive passages are intense without being laboured. There are always one or two characters in any book that don't seem to flesh out, but given this is the first novella in a series (currently of three), I have my suspicions they may be being saved for something else.
One of the things that intregues me about the setting si I cant decide if its an emerging technology, or a declined one. Coe, like myself, seems to enjoy mashing tech and magic, and here it really works well.
Looking forward to the second volume. And the third.
The characters are written very well and memorable. The connections and relationships that develop in the story are certainly one of this stories greatest strengths. They are realistic characters and this gives the story a satisfactory depth to it.
The plot is intriguing and there is plenty of room to expand all the fantasy/magical and steampunk elements. This is a novella so I understand it has to be kept condensed, but part of me did want to see more magic used and more aspects to the steampunk side of the world. I hope in the following instalments this occurs. There are good elements of mystery that could perhaps have been expanded just a fraction more to really grab my attention, but it was enough to spark (sorry) my curiosity.
Overall, it is a good story that has a good blend of storytelling and characterisation. It didn’t absolutely enthral me, but I enjoyed it and will be reading the next one because I’m intrigued by the characters and where this story can go in terms of plot. I certainly recommend Green Sky and Sparks to any lovers of unique tales that mix genres.
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