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Moon's Artifice (Empire of a Hundred Houses Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1683 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 431 pages
- Publisher : Gollancz (21 Nov. 2013)
- ASIN : B00E5D5S4G
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 74,048 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With 'Moon's Artifice' being currently a stand alone book, the scope is somewhat more limited and one will be able to follow the book even if reading a chapter every couple of days or dipping in only every second week. The fantasy element remains and the aspects of Godhood that the author so craftily designed for his 'Twilight Reign' is also maintained here, even if it is perhaps not so prominent. Added to this comes a crime-solving element, which makes for an interesting fantasy / crime thriller combo.
In spite of being simpler, it still takes the reader around 50 pages to get into both the world and the cast, so as to be able to fully enjoy the book. It centers around four diverse characters - investigator Narin in the lead, supported by Enchei (a mysterious, old man), Kesh (a young bereaved woman helping running a boarding house) and Irato (an assassin with a complete memory loss), who all hold puzzle pieces essential to solving the case.
The book also manages a good mix of action sequences and character development / background info to be both fast paced and yet completely understandable. While you will primarily learn about Investigator Narin's background this does not make the rest of the characters one dimensional.
In my opinion you will get sufficient fantasy to keep the book very interesting, a complex and intriguing enough plot, sufficient action and believable characters, so as to make an excellent fantasy novel. On top - as mentioned - it allows an easier (and much shorter) entry into the author's thinking and style than his equally excellent but much more complex 'Twilight Reign'.
However, I have to admit, having read the Twilight Reign Saga before... this book is not getting close to that story line. :-( Yet, it is still entertainment and great fun. I am looking forward to reading the second part.
However the reason I've given it a middling score (3.5*) was the characters and dialogue. The cast was very formulaic, with every check box ticked, and the dialogue was very staid with a lack of sparkle. In fact there was none of the wit and warmth found in other authors work.
The action was good, however, and was happy to read the novel but I'm unsure if this a stand alone novel as plenty of the premises weren't followed through and the ending was very abrupt with limited resolution.
In sum, good not great
Read this book. It features a wonderful and detailed setting and forms an introduction to some amazing new characters - I have a new favourite from the authors works after this one.
It has everything you want, well I want anyway, in a fantasy work; epic quest, unlikely heroes, humanity, a hint of grit and good old fashioned romance and lust.
If you like books, if you like fantasy, then this must go on your reading list.
Loved the blend of magic and gunpowder and the whole cast system.
Something different which kept me interested and gripped.