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Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1 | [Ken Scholes]

Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1

This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.
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Publisher's Summary

An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.

Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city - he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.

This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short-fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace, and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

©2009 Kenneth G. Scholes (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Meg Seattle, WA, USA 05-15-09
    Meg Seattle, WA, USA 05-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Highly Enjoyable"

    Plot is well developed with excellent pace and characters are penned with a sapient hand. Rather than thin, transparent characters, Ken Scholes writes with insight.

    I prefer stories/authors who are able to maintain an interesting tale, something Ken has a strong sense for. When an author is able to meld interesting and character depth it is a satisfying and enjoyable balance!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kory Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-28-10
    Kory Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Contemporary take on fantasy"

    Interesting mix of traditional sci-fi and fantasy elements set in post-apocalyptic environs. Characters are vibrant and have definite point-of-view.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 12-29-09
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 12-29-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrific first volume of an epic fantasy"

    Riveting, highly original story, engrossing characters, tremendous writing - this book has it all. I also enjoyed the narrators except for the one who narrated Rudolfo - he was too ponderous and slow for my taste. I can't recommend this book highly enough - can't wait for book 2!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Traylor Virginia 04-18-10
    R. Traylor Virginia 04-18-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Good book, but not great"

    I started off and really liked the beginning of the book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and wanted to know more about them. The plot lines were good and they kept you guessing, but somehow at the end of the book, it just couldn't hold my interest. At first I thought about downloading the second book but now I am glad I waited. I really have no desire to continue on as I just barely made it through the last hour or two of the first book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Carroll, IA, USA 06-22-09
    Philip Carroll, IA, USA 06-22-09
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    "Not much depth."

    It's sad, because the setting has a lot of potential. But the characters lack depth, and are hard to relate to. The "events" that take place are presented in a way that makes it hard for you to care about them, almost like watching the history channel. Maybe I've just been spoiled by Mistborn, but this book barely held my attention.


    PS. the multiple narrators don't help sell the characters when they overlap.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Keith B. Phillips Scappoose, OR United States 01-09-13
    Keith B. Phillips Scappoose, OR United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you listen to Lamentation again? Why?

    Yes. Such a great story. For me it has everything, a little scifi a little fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isaak: Because robots rock.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 08-17-10
    Noah New York, New York 08-17-10
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    "Bo-ring."

    This book is boring. The characters are boring, the world is boring, the prose is boring, the action is boring. If I was reading this, I would have been able to skim it quickly to see what happened next (if I cared); as it was, I was trapped for hour after hour listening to this totally forgettable yawnfest.

    The narrators were good, though, and did good voices. I hope they have more interesting, well-written material to work with next time.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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