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Voidfarer (Moonworlds Saga) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2007
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Praise for "Voidfarer" "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld . . . . A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama. . . .McMullen borrows freely, but weaves his own magical comedy of horrors. The result: a blast." -"Kirkus", starred review "Zany. . .reworking of "The War of the Worlds". . . .Fans of Wells's masterpiece will reel in this fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly"" ""Sean McMullen's back in his funny, rowdy, bawdy moonworld Verral. . . .Third in this series, after the lovely "Voyage of the Shadowmoon" and "Glass Dragons", this volume has McMullen's characters reprising H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and a series of love-and-sex mistakes that could've been lifted from Shakespeare . . . . One very fun novel." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"" ""Vastly entertaining, McMullen's book turns all sorts of fantasy tropes upside down in a fast-paced and humorous way. Fans of Terry Pratchett will likely get a kick out of this book, as will readers who are tired of seeing the same things over and over again in fantasy novels." -"Romantic Times Bookclub"
About the Author
SEAN MCMULLEN is one Australia's leading SF and fantasy authors, and lives in Melbourne. He has had a dozen books published, and is the winner of thirteen awards for SF and fantasy.
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Voidfarer follows the further adventures and misadventures of the motley cast of characters first introduced in "Voyage of the Shadowmoon" and continued in "Glass Dragons." This time, the threat to the safety of the moonworld Verra comes from an invasion by the sorcerors of its sister moon Lupan. The Lupan sorcerors are far more powerful than those of Verral. On their giant glass tripod war machines, the Lupanese set out to conquer Verral.
Yes, it is a fantasy version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" but it's also a McMullen, which means humor, love, sex, intricate plotting, betrayals and epic journeys across stunning fantasy landscapes. It's also the story of the arrival of democracy on the feudal moon of Verral, which gives McMullen the chance to spoof most Marxist cliche's.
No character in a Moonworld story is exactly who what he or she appears to be. No McMullen character's motivations are what you think they are. This story, told in the first person by a kind of roving marshal, is self-contained. You don't have to have read "Shadowmoon" or "Dragons" to enjoy this tale, but if you haven't you'll miss half the fun. When the courtier Laron says he is an old man in young man's body, it means far more if you have read "Shadowmoon."
And there will plainly be a sequel.
The Moonworlds Saga does't pretend to be high concept stuff. This is not Tolkien or any of its tedious horde of Tolkien wannabes. But it is fun and sometimes delightful reading. McMullen improves with each book. Recommended.
It ties up some loose ends from the previous two Moonworld books but you don't need to read the earlier books to appreciate this one, as the books are pretty much stand-alone, self-contained stories. Minor characters from the earlier books such as Lavenci are now major characters.
It is just as action packed and fast-paced as the previous books. The humour is just as bawdy. I am impressed with Sean McMullen's ability to write three distinctly different leading male characters for each of his Moonworlds books. Danolarian could be described as the traditional hero but with a very BIG secret. This book is also very romantic, due to the Danolarian-Lavenci courtship sub-plot.
The other sub-plot is the political and social repercussions from the goings-on in the earlier books have finally arrived. The third sub-plot is the founding of democracy on Verral. The three sub-plots are neatly integrated with the main story line.
My only complaint - Laron is a minor character in this book.
I'm only giving it three stars because I didn't read to the end, and it's always possible that it gets more interesting. Anything is possible....