Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.
But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.
It is into this unrest that the warrior Eoloaide to Mawat, the true Leasearrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
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About the Author
Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, and its Locus Award-winning sequel Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.
Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reading, or listening (which I did), to this novel is like hearing an anecdote from an elderly relative who often goes off on tangents and digresses only to finally reach the point much later and seemingly at random. This story was a “detective mystery” that really, really wanted to incorporate gods somehow. The plot did not really come together until the very end and the rest of the novel was not compelling enough to really keep you interested throughout. The back and forth through time and different narrations, first and second person from the same narrator, was perplexing enough to be muddled and confusing for the majority of this seemingly endless novel. The more interesting details were never really addressed or explained and the richest characters remained as background noise. I wish this book had been better.
I could not get deeply into this one even though I know many will thoroughly enjoy it. The style of writing was just not for me. It is different, somewhat awkward but just not my cup of tea.
Ahoy there mateys! I absolutely adore this author’s work and love, love, love her Imperial Radch books. The first book of the trilogy is one of me favourite books of all time. To say I was excited about this newest book was an understatement. And it delivered. Now to be fair, I think readers are going to have a harder time with this book due to the fact it is written in second person and meanders quite a bit. But I trusted that Leckie’s journey would lead to satisfaction in the end. And it sooo worked for me. Perfect ending. The odd part of this story is that it be told from the perspective of a rock. Now this rock has a god living in it. So the story goes back and forth between the god’s history and the present. In addition, there are brief philosophical questions and discussions about humanity’s evolution, how the world works, and the other gods’ actions interspirsed through the narrative. I was absolutely captivated. The god’s focus in telling his story revolves around Eolo, the aide to the leader-in-waiting. She is the “you” that the god is directing his story to. The other major player is Mawat who was set to become the leader of his city only to discover that his uncle has usurped his place. Eolo and Mawat are trying to discover what happened to his father who went missing. The death of the father is tied into the politics of both man and gods. How this question is answered and what happens after were part of the brilliance of the writing. The story kept me focus through the whole novel and then at the 75% mark blazed to the end. I loved the interplay of between the gods and how the system worked. I loved watching Eolo. I loved the ending. I think those willing to stick with this book will end up loving it as much as I did. At this point I will read whatever Ann Leckie writes. Arrrr!