Heresy (Aquasilva Trilogy) Paperback – 7 May 2002
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Inquisition is as effective a second volume of a trilogy as Heretic was an opener; Anselm Audley recomplicates his take on political intrigue and the role of religion with some real understanding of the mechanics and psychology of power. His Hamlet-like narrator-hero Cathan is ineffectual because of his rational virtues, but some of the villains who walk all over him have hardly less brilliance; his friend turned fanatic enemy the Inquisitor Sarhaddon is a gifted orator whose subtle misrepresentation of historical fact, backed as it is with overwhelming brutal force, provides a goodish reason for many minor characters to capitulate to his church. The magician/emperor Orosius sneers at Cathan as he tortures him from afar for indecisiveness and respect for others--Cathan's reaction is to worry about whether his family resemblance to Orosius indicates some moral corruption yet to surface in him. Even Cathan's female allies, Palatine and Ravenna, get irritated with his reasonableness from time to time. Audley's sequence works some interesting spins on stock sf and fantasy tropes; what makes it interesting, though, is the worried sceptical tone of its narrator. Not only the plot here, but the style, are effectively character-driven. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anselm Audley was eighteen in June 2000. Having studied at Millfield School, he is now at St John's College, Oxford, taking a course in Ancient and Modern History. He lives in Dorset. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot was great and Audley built different races and peoples up until I could believe them all. He even gave people in different cities different views of life and had some astute observations of what power can do to people.I can't wait for this talented teenager's next book to come out.
It's unusual to have people in charge actually rising to be the hero of a fantasy novel. Then again I'm not sure if I can rate it as a fantasy novel at all, some elements of science fiction have been dwarn in.
A world of submarines(mantas), satellites(eyes in the sky) and ocean probes, added with swords and magic.
This book is a must if you think you've read it all. It'll challenge how you look upon fantasy, and it proves that there are still people out there who can spin a great tale.
You'll notice that I only gave the author four stars, this is because in some cases I feel the use of language rips you out of the story, hvaing to plunge into it again. I don't particularly like these "breathers", but they are perfect if you don't eat a book a day like me.
When the hero, Cathan, embarks on a long and dangerous journey to carry important news to his father, Count Elnibal of Lepidor, little does he suspect that his travels will lead him into the very heart of the Citadel of the Order of Shadow. There he joins forces with the enigmatic Ravenna, and learns the truth about the evil deeds of the Domain, committed in the name of the fire-god Ranthas. Cathan, Ravenna and their companions quickly become involved with a seemingly impossible mission to overthrow the oppressive power which has controlled Aquasilva for centuries.
The subtle interweaving of storylines and the sheer power of Anselm Audley's razor-sharp, lucid prose are all the more astounding when we consider that this breathtaking masterwork was written at the tender age of eighteen. Such inspiration is a rare and precious talent possessed only by a gifted few in each generation. The author of this book, in my opinion, is one of those gifted few who will continue to amaze and inspire his readers for many years to come.
The main problem is that the book is dull, with too little action and very poor pacing. It would've benefited from severe (self-)editing. I'm afraid there is very little else to say. This was grey and drab, and failed to live up to the atmospheric picture so skilfully portrayed on the book's jacket.
Buy David Gemmell, or Weis and Hickman, or Michael Moorcock - writers who know how to draw characters and to pace a story.
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