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Sorcery Rising (Fool's Gold) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2003
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Fantasy is always at its best when its subject includes something real; Jude Fisher's first novel Sorcery Rising (she also penned The Lord of the Rings Visual Companion) is not just about the dangers of magic, about strange places and exotic peoples. It is also about how it is that people come to hate and to exploit; Fisher is shrewd about the lies people tell themselves in order to be able to do what they want without any sense of the consequences for others. The wealthy Istrians have a culture based on the enslavement of women and dress this up with passionate goddess-worship; they truly believe that their Eyran trading partners, whose land they stole and whom they continue to threaten, are wicked and unnatural for letting their women smithy swords and reveal their faces. Tough-minded aggressive Katla hardly lands in Istrian territory before she is threatened with burning, and things get worse when she finds herself mixed up in the Istrian Selen's escape from a forced marriage. Fisher adds to a mix which might have ended up as a crude Vikings vs Taliban death match a particularly sinister sorcerer's apprentice who hardly knows what he is doing and a bunch of nomads who know and dread what it means when their charlatanry starts to be real magic. We have here an impressive debut that works its own intelligent riffs on stock material. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The characters are well drawn and complex, making it hard to tell who is the true hero and who is a vile villain." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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In essence, it is a story of two feuding 'nations', the Eyrans from the North and the Istrians from the South, who have an uneasy truce but who have gathered together for the annual Allfair. Add to this steaming cauldron the nomads - the Footloose - purveyors of charms and until now harmless potions -who have come all over Elda and the Master's runaway apprentice, Virelai, with Beta the cat and the strange but beautiful woman, Rosa Eldi and very perplexing things start to happen. The status quo has well and truly been ripped apart - and no man or woman is untouched by the sorcery pervading the Allfair. Men are possessed, some are reduced to violence, some to powerful obsessions whether it be of women, riches or land and a few realise a power - a 'sixth sense' if you like, that is both beneficial and dangerous. There are some great characters in this story, in fact so many, I hardly have the space to list them. My favourite is the courageous, head-strong, athletic and very gifted Katla. She features strongly in this the first book of the Fool's Gold series and hope that we may see plenty of her in the following books.
I was charmed by the author's magical and poetic use of language. I was gripped by the horrifying and sometimes violent scenes and I adored Jude's sense of place and person. I felt her lands and her characters really did exist - I wish! But most of all, and most importantly, Sorcery Rising is a compulsive page turner and I for one cannot wait for book two. Can someone please hurry Jude up?!
Another thing that really irritated me while reading the book was the large number of errors that really should have been picked up before the book was published (e.g. wrong character's name used at one point; a whole sentence repeated in another; typing/spelling errors).
One reviewer also mentioned that there were too many viewpoint characters. I would agree with this, particularly as not all characters are very well-developed and it's not immediately clear to me why so many viewpoints are needed.
On the plus side, the plot is interesting and showed enough promise to convince me to read the second book in this trilogy (needless to say, my criticisms of the second book are much the same as those for the first). It's just a pity that story and plot are slowed down far too much by excess description, over-wordy writing style, and far too many deviations from correct use of grammar and punctuation.
If you've already started reading the book, it's probably worth persevering with it, as there are some good bits scattered here and there; if you haven't already started it and are looking for a good fantasy book to get your teeth into, I'd look elsewhere.
Katla has no wish to marry anyone. She wants to remain free to climb the cliffs and rocks that she loves and create beautiful knives and swords with her talent as a smith, but when she arrives at the Allfair and climbs the rock her people call Sur's Castle, she unwittingly sets unforeseen events into motion that might see her burned at the stake and war between bitter rivals.
This story was huge in its vision. Katla is a wonderfully captivating character, as are her brothers and father. Saro Vingo is another character that we feel drawn to. This book deserves its four stars, but the fifth I withheld because there was simply too many good characters. I know that sounds weird, but there were so many different points of view in this book and so many character switches, that I was in danger of getting lost.
Jude Fisher is one talented lady. She would have had all five stars if she had limited the point of view to a handful of characters instead of two handfuls and more. Buy this one now, and then hurry on to the second book called Wild Magic... I'm starting it tonight.
Set in a world where magic has lain dormant for generations "Sorcery rising" proved to be all I hoped for and more. The characters are dynamic, they're life-like and you can relate to them all. She's drawn alto of inspiration from the ancient cultures of scandinavia and the middle east, all the while creating her own spin on it.
A great debut, by an astounding author. If you miss it, you'll miss one of the greatest works of fantasy out there.
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This was an excellent book in terms of writing style, Fisher has a great talent for character and description, that doesn't ever...Read more