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Lamentation

By: Ken Scholes
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, William Dufris, Maggi-Meg Reed
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Publisher's summary

In Lamentation, the 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 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 award-winning short fiction writer Ken Scholes 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.

The Psalms of Isaak
#1 Lamentation
#2 Canticle
#3 Antiphon
#4 Requiem
#5 Hymn

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

Critic reviews

“This is the golden age of fantasy, with a dozen masters doing their best work. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, power, and 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.” —Orson Scott Card

“Ken Scholes' Lamentation is a whale of a first novel, set in a world where technological magic has come and gone, and come again, where organized religion has attempted to recover and restore lost knowledge, if with a certain amount of censorship, where no one is quite what they seem, and where parental ambitions for offspring are filled with deep love and sacrifices, along with double double-crosses, conflicting motives, and tragedy.” —L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

“Ken Scholes's Lamentation is an iconic SF story cloaked in fantasy, drawing raw material from classics such as A Canticle for Liebowitz and Earth Abides, but forging something new, with colorful characters, compelling scenes, and unfolding miracles.” —Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling co-author of Sandworms of Dune

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Meh

Readers are good but, they should have gotten together and get these speaking patterns for all the characters down. Four very different “robot” voices and a bonkers Vlad Li Tam accent deep into the book. On their own the readers are all pretty great but as a joint effort it’s messy.
Story, well, the world is interesting, the characters less so. The good are purely good and the baddies are cartoons. It tries to play at intrigue and behind the scenes puppet mastery but, everyone magically catches on at the last second. It’s like ever character at some big plot reveal goes “oh yea! I knew that.”
Also the women are written like this dude has never met a woman before. Real “fantasy” writing. They’re only two who matter, both have to be described as gorgeous and both are cunning and capable of holding their own power but ohhhhhh how they need a man. Deep eye roll. Some corny ass line like “his eyes paused at all the right places…” nearly caused my brain to melt.
I may check out the next one…it is an interesting world he set up…but then again, maybe it isn’t. How’s that for a review?