But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...
©2008 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2008 Penguin
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008
I wasn't sure about this book based on some of the reviews, but I was surprised to find it to be pretty good. The storyline was different and interesting. The characters were fun and believable.
I love Kate Reading. It was strange to hear her reading something other than WOT.
It's good, but nothing that would make me run out to buy anything else by this author. A lot of things are left unexplained and a few simply don't make sense at all. The main character is interesting, but all the others are a bit flat. It is a fun sort of supernatural adventure, but it's airport reading. If that's the sort of thing you're looking for, this is perfectly good for it. If you like deeper social commentary or insight into the human condition through the vehicle of other worldly interpretation, pass on this one.
The narration of the story was wonderful, and I like the fact that though this story was a relatively light read, there is still a lot of content to think about after the story ends. I especially liked the themes of love, revenge and reconciliation that the author addresses in this book.
I read this because it was selected by my book club. It's not a genre that I'd consider otherwise. The narrative was interesting and compelling in places and I enjoyed to contemporary characters. Also, having visited the area where the action took place made it more interesting to me. The ancient combatants and the story surrounding them lost me though. The plot seemed (was) very contrived and required a lot of "willing suspension of disbelief" on the part of the reader. Seemed geared to a young adult audience, which was fine with me as some of the bloodier and more gory parts were toned down a bit.
I can't see how this story would hold the attention of anyone other than pre-teens. (and I enjoyed the Hunger Games series, so I can appreciate light reads with young characters)
He could have added more description of the area and locations. The dialogue was very predictable, full of clichés and poorly written. None of the characters were developed to any extent, so it was impossible to get vested in their well-being and the outcome of the story.
I liked her tone and pacing. I do have to agree with another reviewer that most of the male characters sound like delirious surfer dudes... but I think that was probably an accurate portrayal because the dialogue was so dumb. I think Kate got it right.
I like history, science fiction and was interested in this town and location in particular, but this story doesn't satisfy on any account. I was not familiar with this author, and I won't be reading him again.
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