This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. So I told my friends over on Facebook that I would put up a post once I finished my re-read ofLamentation. I’m going to do that for each of the. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.
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More often than not Scholes tries to compensate by dazzling us with Cool Concepts. This novel did its job. Daley rated it it was amazing Shelves: My favorite sentence in the book is wh I was surprised by this book. Part of me wants to never cause harm to another. On the surface, it’s about the destruction of a city. The maze circle that seems to never end and always turns back on to itself. Good pacing and likable characters compensate for a certain lack of originality.
Give me smartass robots.
As far as the story itself is concerned. Mysterious Names Spelled in Capitals substitute for world building and the supporting players have an unnerving habit of popping into existence when it’s time to serve the plot—and popping out again once they’ve discharged their duty.
Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes
This is very good fantasy. He certainly does this with graceful skill, feeding his readers subtle—and not-so-subtle—foreshadowing and creating a world where every character, good or bad, is seemingly manipulated by a greater force at work. There’s definite talent there. For, while Canticle is definitely an improvement on Lamentation it is still the sum of its parts. This is an event of epic magnitude, of similar proportions to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
At some deep level, this philosophy connected with me. I delayed reading this series until the third book was out, and it seems the initial buzz has quieted down and the Psalms of Isaak is flying under the radar compared to Sanderson or Brent Weeks or Peter W Brett, who I think share a similar style and whose series I would rate a little below Scholes.
Six-hundred pages into this story, I should have some idea of how these lovely names are adding to the experience. All up, Lamentation is a good, quick read, comprising somewhere near 90, words.
I look forward to reading the next book in this series, due to appear sometime this fall. No magic system was scholess explained or even partly explained. The actual end result was similar, but the “getting there” was not.
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And there were a few places in the book that were inconsistent. Also you should not dig too d The book was strangely compelling, still I did not know whether to give it a 3 or a 4.
Sure, there’s tons of intrigue, but it’s all entirely contrived; for instance, nobles speak in a complex system of hand signals when they want to make sure they’re not overheard, and yet you never have a reason to suspect lsmentation ever eavesdropping on these people in fact, the one time I can recall someone’s hand signals being “overheard,” it was by a sympathetic character who basically signed back, “fyi, I know whut u’re sayin bout me!!
I was expecting a fun but un-original fantasy novel.
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In fact, the only reason I plan on continuing reading this series to follow this scholess through the premise. Prelude to the Psalms Where Scholes truly lost my interest, however, was when he decided to insert prophesies and meaningful dreams into the narrative. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For more information, see our about page. Mechanical servitors were a part of the world and other vestiges of “something” are still around.
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A lot of amazing friends, an awesome launch into the world of novels, a lot of great trips out to promote the book, lots of nice notes and reviews. Both characters are more than they seem and, like Rudolfo and Isaak, fare a bit better in the characterization department. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert.
Sadly, because I enjoy finding authors whose next book I look forward to.
Scholes draws fascinating characters–for instance a gypsy forest king, a clever consort, a mechanical man finding sentience, a young monk buried in survivor’s guilt, and a leader who walked away from his power. Being read to opens me back up that child state of wonder in the midst of hearing story. Jul 03, Monica rated scholds did not like it.
Isaak in particular, donning garments after the realization of his part in Windwir, takes on a near-biblical grandeur. The Black Prism Lightbringer. I loved the writing style of a view from each characters point of view. There was once a world, yes might lamenattion be Earth but it was destroyed.