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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But human nature hasn’t changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations. In Lamentationthe first entry in the Psalm of Isaak series, an ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying lamentattion of smoke rising.
He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands. Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others’ throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, power, lsmentation invention, and shows us all how it’s done.
No more ponderous plotting – Scholes barely gives us time to breathe. Yet he creates vivid characters, a world thick with detail, and wonders we’ve never seen before. I wish my first novel had been this good. I wish all five volumes of this series were already published so I could read them now. He has a keen eye for action and a keen ear for the sounds of the human heart.
Grab on now, because he’s going places. McKiernan, bestselling author of the Mithgar series. Anderson, bestselling co-author of Sandworms of Dune. I’d describe it as intelligent epic fantasy done right and written with all of the flab removed. It’s nothing like George Martin’s first Song of Ice and Fire novel, except that like that book, it has the chance of standing as an important book in the evolution of the epic fantasy form, is a delight, and is a book that readers are very likely to take to heart.
It’s one of the best first fantasies I’ve read in some time. Ken Scholes is the author of the Psalms of Isaak series and over fifty short stories.
He is a native of the Pacific Northwest with two honorable discharges, a degree in History and a wide background that includes time logged as a street performer, revivalist, nonprofit executive, government procurement analyst and label gun repairman.
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The lamdntation of this novel is one set in a far, far future Scgoles, or at least hints are dropped that it is Earth, where magic magik co-exists alongside steampunk-esque technology. The novel follows quite a large cast of characters who, while interesting, are pretty standard for fantasy.
You have your cunning, rouge hero; beautiful formidable heroine; wise and powerful, yet conflicted older guide; insanely evil villain; shadowy puppet master; and orphan hero. Not much there that I didn’t see coming. The novel is largely character drive, so if that kind of writing bores you, I doubt you will be able to finish this novel.
The action takes a while to get going, and even once it does, you aren’t always inherently aware of the action. In fact, a whole war that devastates a land is fought, yet because of the focus on characters, I was left feeling like the war was more of a couple of skirmishes.
Another aspect that could use some help would be the world building by Mr. While massive in scale on climates the setting ranges from prairies, to mountains, to tropical shores xcholes are able, on horseback, to traverse from one side of the map to the other in a matter of days. It doesn’t add up. The characters, despite being somewhat archetypal, are one of this novel’s high points. I really enjoyed following them especially the characters of Neb, Pertonus, and Vlad.
Rudolfo and Jin are really a little bit too archetypal for me to feel any connection with, and ekn I was intrigued with Jin at the beginning of the novel, I felt her growth stall and she became a creature of her husband Rudolfo rather than her father Vlad instead of becoming her own creature. The saving grace here, for me, was the premise. I was fascinated by the steampunk, magical fantasy, set in a far-future Earth, revolving schokes a conflict featuring an unknown lamentatiom weapon and the schism of a controlling church and religion.
In fact, the only reason I plan on continuing reading this series to follow lamentatikn story through the premise. That and the hints at the world before the cataclysmic events that made the world unrecognizable. Guns even make an appearance as mystical cylindrical devices that shoot fire aka hand schole.
Not a whole lot of meat here in this first of the series, but it has a lot of potential and I going to continue to read the series to see where Mr. This book is an eclectic mix of sci-fi elements robots and fantasy elements magic and mysticism. It starts off with a bang literally and keeps keh the tension with just the right amount of information to keep a reader guessing.
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In the end, all the answers are not spelled out, which gives the reader room to draw a conclusion based on the hints given by the author. I gave this book five stars even though there were elements of it I found under-described and the characters scholess like puppets you get to meet the Puppet Master, or do you?
The reason for this is because the underlying themes shined through and were clearly prominent because of the manipulations the characters underwent. Things I didn’t like: No magic system was clearly explained or even partly explained.
I would have liked to see at least one of them refuse to play along. Jin Li Tam tried to, but in the end she wasn’t making independent decisions but rather lamenration her lameentation pay for manipulating her.
This is the first book in a series. I felt it stands alone. I will probably read the other books schles feel no sense of urgency. Because the author did his job and told a complete story with a problem and lamentwtion.
He hinted at more problems to come but didn’t end with a cliffhanger which I despise. One of the reviews I read on Amazon made it sound like the point of view shifted all the time. There were plenty of point of view characters but they were essential so the reader could understand the multi-faceted plan behind the story. This is a deceptive book. Svholes starts out with some standard fantasy motifs, populated with interesting, amusing characters, but then takes you into a laemntation story that has many, many layers.
The astute reader will pick up on well-placed clues to the larger narrative, but the author also sets up wonderful misdirections and surprises. The prose is easy, almost light, but also conveys some deep emotional insights. For a first novel, this book is ridiculously well plotted, and I’m sure the rest of the series will offer up a broader, even richer story.
Kudos to Ken Scholes.
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He writes well beyond his years, and I’m happy to see that he’s working on Book 5. Lamentation is a very promising first book in a planned five book cycle.
Ken Scholes has created a great sandbox for the cast of three dimensional characters that inhabit this world. There isn’t one that I feared reading. Every one of them has clear motivations. Their stories make for a touching, thought provoking, and intense read. A true sense of danger is felt. This doesn’t just feel like a generic fantasy plot going threw the laamentation.
Though I did have one problem with this book that prevented me from giving it five stars. Each chapter dcholes around five or six different POV’s. For me this became a real problem. Just as I would be settling into one characters voice it would change and you would start all over again with a new character.