Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes.
But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.
It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo–aide to Mawat, the true Lease–arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself…and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
How did I get the book? Bought it.
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Review: I’m still trying to think how to sum this up. I spent the entire novel quantifying whether or not I enjoyed this novel and I’m now pretty firmly in the yes!
I hasten to add – the prose is interesting in the extreme, I can see similarities to the Ancilliary series, which is what drew me to this, Ann has a delightful grasp of perception, world building and deep plotting.
Eolo is an interesting and nuanced character who grows well but given how much ground the book covers, can fall a little flat at times because they have a fantastic identity, they don’t really get time to build into their own. This is a small matter though, as the real protagionist is brilliantly revealed and well thought out.
The story has depth, a great world and a truly unique basis for Gods which I found interesting and thought-provoking.
I recommend this book.
Review by: @Angelhearte