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Book Title: Night's Engines: The Nightbound Land, Book 2|
The size of the: 9.88 MB
Edition: Angry Robot
Date of issue: May 29th 2012
The author of the book: Trent Jamieson
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780857661876
Read full description of the books Night's Engines: The Nightbound Land, Book 2:Oh, very satisfying. The writing is beautiful, haunting, the world many-layered, and the ending is excellent.
It's not necessary to have read "Roil", though I would recommend it. In fact I have deducted that star because I would have liked to see this in a Jonathan-Strange-like single volume.
Still, "Night's Engines" opens with a concise summary disguised as a history lesson ("We snatch at our histories like the tattered storm-wrenched rags they are") which handily reminds us of the state of the main players, David and Margaret (yes, I will forever think of this book while watching "David and Margaret At The Movies").
Within the opening chapters we're treated again to a cruel specialty of this series - powerful vignettes that hold hope out to us, only to slap our hands away, laughing.
Over and over, we become emotionally invested in the plight of strangers, only for Jamieson to destroy them in inventive ways. Some examples, if I can do it without spoilers?
"...[the man] swayed before him, a Verger's perfect balance keeping him there as his body negotiated its position with death."
"On his belly, dying, all he could see were [his killer's] shoes - scuffed old boots coated in ash - and his blood gliding towards them, as the Roil glided over Shale."
As the Roil continues its irresistible march, we wonder if, Nevil Chute-like, Jamieson will continue to crush his characters one by one and leave us in despair, or if there is to be a reprieve.
Go, read, find out!
Let me add that despite dividing this single story into two volumes, causing me unnecessary personal suffering, Angry Robot is to be commended, not just for publishing the duology in the first place, but for the recommendations one finds at the beginning and end of Night's Engines, including books such as "Boneshaker" which it doesn't even publish. Gestures like including Trent's Orbit titles show the good-natured championing of the genre and consideration for the reader being put ahead of profit. More power to AR.
Read information about the authorTrent Jamieson is a science fiction and fantasy writer.
Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.
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