Geomancer - Well of Echoes book 1 (Anglais) Broché – 23 juillet 2003
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To be clear, I like a whole lot about what he does-- both here and in the View from the Mirror series.
This said, I have a sinking feeling that we are going to have yet another weak central character who I don't really like as a person. I understand that is part of what Irvine does-- work with characters who are talented, but not terribly heroic. Unfortunately, I really found it difficult to like Tiaan. She gives in and she whines. And once again that character is given a foil of a weak man to play against-- in this series it is the fickle Minis with whom Tiaan is paired. I sincerely hope that this develops somewhere in the continuing books, because this character element is the thing that gives me the strong "here we go again" feeling in the review title. In his last series, nothing annoyed me more than this character dynamic.
I am in any case curious to see what happens in this post-Charon Santhenar. I will buy the next installment, even if I grumble while I do.
The book is set in a totally unique time and place. The technology of the time is midevil, and yet futuristic. For example, their weapons are swords, spears, and javalins, yet they have veichles similar to tanks. It is this mix of new and old that makes the book soo interesting. There are also various fantasy elements in the book, such as Mancing, which is the use of the secret art, or magic.
This book is totally new and unique! This deserves a 10 out of 5! I can't wait to finish the series! Definatly a MUST READ! I highly reccomend this book! You'll fall in love! :D
This is very unlike many fantasy novels which are Good vs Evil. Irvine's style makes his work absolutely unpredictable - which is one of the qualities I look for in a book. (Predictablity and "pure evilness" really, really annoy me).
It is bascially about an alien spieces (lyrinx) who have been deprived of their homelands and have decided to invade the land on which humans live. So the two races wage war against each other.
We realise the lyrinx are not EVIL. They have goodness in them, and are only attacking because of their situation. We also realise the humans are not purely GOOD. They betray each other and are very self-serving sometimes.
The characters he creates are realistic heros - not unbelievably brave, smart and brimming with goodness. They are selfish, cowardly to an extent, blinded by their emotions and possesses many other natrual flaws.
Though sometimes, the characters become so flawed that you end up disliking the bulk of them.
Despite that, it's a very good read nevertheless.