If you enjoy big, multiple POV epic fantasy novels like I do, I would recommend you to try a Legacy of Ash. I might proceed later dissecting it a bit, but it grabbed me from the start and kept me wanting to know what would happen next, so I finished it pretty quickly for a big 700+ pages book.
At a first sight, this novel belongs to a well-established tradition: middle-ages/early modern European setting, multiple POV perspective, so if you are looking for something that feels really new and original it might not be the book for you, but it plays with a lot of tropes and conventions in a way that makes it feel its own thing, rather than just a clone of other series.
The plot is complex but well built, full of twists and turns, political intrigue and backstabbing, large battles and smaller struggles; the world is enjoyable, with a lot of hints at things that aren't know yet and I suppose will be revealed in the future, the cast of characters is large and varied and the writing is engaging.
The multiple POV choice is both a strength and a weakness of the story. A strength, because we get at least an idea of how things look like from (almost) every side of the story --the southshires people, the northern Tressian, the Hadari empire. A weakness because the POV characters are really many - at least a dozen - so sometimes perspective changes really fast and can be a bit disorienting.
If there is an element of the story I was not totally satisfied with is how little space there is to explore the POV characters thoughts and deeper motivations. It is, in a sense, unavoidable: a lot of things happen in the space of 700 pages, and the focus of the narration is mostly on the events, but as result, most of the characters felt to me more like impressionistic sketches of people rather than detailed, three-dimensional beings with which establish a deep, emotional connection.
Four and half stars, and I'll be waiting for the next book.
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (26 November 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 035651336X
- ISBN-13: 978-0356513362
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 6.4 x 23.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 921 g
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