- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Hachette B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (26 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 154917861X
- ISBN-13: 978-1549178610
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 245 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A powerhouse epic of humans and gods at war, deeply imagined and profoundly thrilling...[with] echoes of Shakespeare and Le Guin.-- "Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
A wonderful exploration of gods, mortals and divinity. It's as if Hamlet were told from the point of view of Elsinore Castle addressing a mostly oblivious Horatio.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Narrator Adjoa Andoh lends diverse accents and impressive power to this compelling fantasy...Andoh's skill with a dynamic range of voices will propel listeners through the tales of powerful gods, complex political machinations, and revenge. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Highly recommended for...anyone looking for exciting and boundary-pushing fantasy.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
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.
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One can call it poetic fantasy if we must put it in a box, but I recommend reading a sample first if you’re unsure. For me, Leckie is one of those authors I buy without reading a review.
My main issue with this story is that it was building and building to a point in the story and everything was coming together and... it was over. A decent story leading up to a big moment in the plot and the story ended. Such a shame.
So my main take on this is unsatisfying.
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Leckie made her name with her science fiction novel Ancillary Justice (which I strongly recommend). She won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards. She followed it up with two more in the trilogy, and each was very well written, enjoyable, fun, and fresh.
But this new novel was fantasy--different for her. And it is different for me as well. It's hard to describe. Words that come to mind are: subtle, subversive, experimental, and creative. I love the protagonist. I love the story. I love the way it unfolds. I love the world building. I love the way the book makes you think. And perhaps most of all, perhaps due to the crap I have been reading lately, I love the language and the flow and the poetry of the words and narration.
9/10! Get this book!
Note/spoiler warning to followers of mainstream deities, may be challenging to personal belief systems: I was wrong, I got a good night's sleep and things did become more clear-never underestimate the human animal. Painters make use of a plain background in order to focus attention on their desired subject. in comparison to previous work Leckie's lack of passion and depth of characterization for her characters and their situation may be to allow her main point to emerge, which seems to be humanity's relationship to god. In the past when church and state was combined in one powerful and all to frequently repressive authority she would have been toasted at the stake in many cultures for the unrepentant heresy she presents in The Raven Tower. Back in the 1950's and '60's when it was common to use the capitol G in spelling the almighty's name I have no doubt she would have faced varying amounts of social ostracism, but now the most common reaction (I hope) could well be, "Big deal, what's new."
When I speak of the views the book presents by gods I am referring to any consciousness connected to a physical body/object or not that can manifest control or power over aspects of the physical world beyond the abilities normal humans have. In other words small g gods. Neither I nor the book is referring to what might be considered a universal mind/group consciousness that pervades all of reality and non reality. That is another kettle of fish entirely. If you prefer this could be termed a capitol G God, but if I read this book correctly our religions have been infiltrated and are infused and controlled by small g gods masquerading as capitol G Gods. Could be the reason the whole god thing has fallen out of favor, among large elements of the population, huh? In mitigation Ms. Leckie does point out that the little gods can on occasion be caring and supportive in their relations with us humans or selfish, petty, controlling, and blood thirsty as well, but consistently all caring and benign, not so much. A religious treatise on this subject would attract only modest interest, but wrap it in an appealing fantasy novel and us masses might get to thinking. Set no false gods before me, huh? I have spent a large portion of my life either looking for, denying or running away from god/God. Maybe it's time to get over it and be myself.
P.S.Apologies for any mashed toes, I would be disappointed if everybody agreed with me, not trying to start a religion here or an argument.
Thanks to the lovely people over at Orbit for an advanced reading copy of The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
Well, first off, this title colored me intrigued because it was by Ann Leckie.
To hear that she was publishing her very first fantasy novel , and then upon seeing the gorgeous cover by Lauren Panepinto, I was all over it. Though I haven’t read her Imperial Radch series, I have heard amazing fantastical things about it. Not to mention she is also the winner of several awards including the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke. So to say I had pretty high expectations going into it is an understatement.
The Raven Tower is a unique and dark tale, one that, for me, is missing just a few key ingredients to make it something magnificent.
Well, unfortunately, I was a little underwhelmed. I have been reading fantasy for a few years now (I know, humble brag) and feel like I have settled into a groove of what works and doesn’t work for me when it comes to good epic/grimdark/literary/etc fantasy novels. What absolutely doesn’t work for me is a lack of action, and boy does The Raven Tower lack action. The first half of the book is really just a build-up/re-telling of history up to this point in time and leads up to an ending that is decently satisfying. I mean, Leckie definitely does a fantastic job of leaving me wanting more by the end, but the trek to get there felt like climbing Everest, only to know you have to get back down.
The book is written with a little bit of 1st person POV, told by the ancient God called the Strength and Patience of the Hill (which is mostly backstory), but a majority of novel is 2nd person where said God sees through and talks to a secondary character by the name of Eolo, even though Eolo can’t always hear what the God is saying. Basically, the God is narrating Eolo’s present life, giving us a glimpse into his story. Still no clue why the God has chosen Eolo as it’s primary talking stick, but I digress.
The characters fell pretty flat on their faces for me. There isn’t one I can pick out of a lineup that I really felt for or continue to care about. It really just feels like a play where I am waiting for the 2nd act (and yes, the novel has a very Shakespearean feel with a spoonful of Hamlet helping the medicine go down). Even the Gods are pretty lackluster for playing with humanity like chess pieces, though to see man fight back with a little bit of gusto makes for an interesting last quarter.
Overall, I can only assume Leckie has tons left to reveal is this story, but man do I hope she gets to it quickly. If I’m going to get through Book 2 (assuming there is one), I need some hackin’ and slashin’, some bloodied swords and heads on spikes. Maybe a God or two to duke it out over their next puppet. SOMETHING.
Eolo, the hero, is cautious and observant. Our hero shares these traits with the God of the Hill. The world is built in short stories told by the god, while the main story is told by the God musing on the human Eolo's behavior.
I pray for more stories from Ann Leckie.