As a child, the main character watches his brother be sent off to never-ending war, from which he never returns. The child grows up to be a highly-esteemed composer of music which is inspired by the islands he can see at a distance in the ocean – but he never forgets about his brother. Offered the chance to do a traveling performance tour with a group of other musicians, he takes it, with the hope of finding clues to his brother’s whereabouts. But he does not know about The Gradual, the strange time-twisting effect experienced by people who travel among the islands.
Set in Priest’s Dream Archipelago world, this novel promises much but doesn't fully deliver. Like The Adjacent, it is fantasy with hints of the science-fictional, though lacking the worldbuilding which would make the science-fictional part believable. Several interesting subthreads are introduced, and I hoped that they would be explored more deeply, but they are later completely dropped without any further development or resolution.
Fans of Priest's other books will enjoy this one; those who need more resolution in their stories may find this not quite fully satisfying.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; 1 edition (27 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473200547
- ISBN-13: 978-1473200548
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review