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A book you can sink your teeth into
on 2 January 2017
This is a book you can sink your teeth into. The world is fully realised and the novel is long, long enough to create a world with many eccentricities, including a dark, distant past with a hovering, unknown threat. If you like fantasy and you haven't given this series a go, it deserves you to give it a try. I'll be diving into the second book shortly.
The protagonist is spunky, cautious, and incredibly sympathetic. She becomes embroiled in the plans of a flamboyant team of scammers and thieves with an impossible vision - overthrowing the empire. With the empire ruled by a man thought to be a God, this proves no easy task, but the protagonist's spunk will uncover intriguing mysteries along the way, as the deficiencies in her upbringing and knowledge are peeled away. She is essentially a woman in a man's world, but one who doesn't let womanly wiles help her. She fights with the best of them.
My one issue with the book is that some of the fight scenes are long and difficult to get through. There is much technicality in the 'pushing' and 'pulling' of objects, using the mystical powers of Allomancy (a mind bender in itself), but much less emotion in the near misses and hurt in the pains which makes these scenes cumbersome rather than dramatic or tense.
However, what makes this book a great read beyond its fully realised world and realistic characters is how intricate the magic system is, and how well its implications have been reflected in the society that rules them. Every move of Allomancers and trade relating to their abilities has been carefully thought out and is consistent with their existence. And, when it comes to the plot, it's difficult to guess at how the major plot arcs will turn out. By the final fourth, I had guessed correctly, but this didn't make the discovery any less brilliant. I was on tenterhooks till the end.