On My Bookshelf: The Raven Tower

I think one or two of the readers here might be interested in this book. As it progresses, it answers many questions. I can think of three important to me: who or what are the pagan gods that inhabit this earth-like world, what’s going on with the court intrigue in the ruling family, and most of all, can a celebrated science fiction author make the transition to fantasy?

The gods of this book are actually a science fiction-like element that translates well into fantasy. They have god-like powers–the ability to make something happen by declaring it to be so. But that comes at a cost. Human beings make sacrifices to them, sometimes persons. But some few powerful people can manipulate their gods.

The human story line goes at a slow burn. Unlike many adventure fantasies, this is all about intrigue, betrayal, conspiracy. No quests, no long journeys. War is on the horizon, but mostly stays in the background.

Ann Leckie’s science fiction works are better, but this fantasy novel has a unique approach, certainly worth a read.


About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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