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Queen of Stars

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I just posted an extract from Queen of Stars to further tantalize those who have read King of Swords and want to know what happens next. Roll on January!


Comment from Matthew
Time October 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

I enjoyed King of Swords for exactly all the reasons I don’t enjoy the Amber Chronicles. Zelazny is a great writer, but he favors effect and spectacle over coherent world-creation, let alone plots.

The hierarchical graph of the Starfolk’s summoned demesnes thrills me in a way the mystical Shadows of Amber never could.

Comment from Matthew
Time October 17, 2013 at 12:09 am

Another parallel I don’t know if anyone has commented on before:

West of January can be read as a tighter and less arcane variant of the story told in Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun.

Unreliable and unsympathetic narrator, rising from scum to autarch. SF masquerading as fantasy. Hidden, but important paternity. Angels/hierodules.

I greatly appreciate Wolfe, but the Severian books are my least favorite of his works. I greatly appreciate Duncan, and West is a book I regularly re-read.

Just not as often as A Man of His Word.

Comment from Thomas Evans
Time October 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Will the second book explain why a Lesath is crafted by a Red and not a Naos?

Comment from admin
Time October 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I imagine any upper grade mage can create a dangerous amulet–everybody seems to be able to hurl fire around. Vildiar is a Naos AND a red-grade trained mage, so he outranks even Talitha, who is only a Naos. Queen of Stars shows him producing some REALLY nasty magic.

Comment from Forest
Time December 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

But does it have to conclude with this story….

Comment from admin
Time December 23, 2013 at 4:48 am


Comment from admin
Time December 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

Or, more politely, “Yes it does but I can’t tell you why because that would be a spoiler.” OK?

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