5/17/2011

The Fade

http://www.chriswooding.com/the-books/the-fade/


The fade... something or someone who fades from your memory when you use and forget them... no not them, it. The fade is not a man or woman or even considered living being its just another step, one step closer to your goal.


I don't think i can write honest review while being so much charmed by this world. I tought that Tales of the Ketty Jay series introduced great world and they most certainly do but "the fade" is another story it challenges long term drow domination in undersurface adventures of R.A Salvatore and his fellows who exel at long trilogies (at least trilogies not to mention 6 parts of war of spider queen series) here we have beginning and the end in 312 pages.


I don't want to spoil the story so i focus on narration and character design. Wooding has unique way to present events in short bursts kept in single time flow (characters don't sleep, wait or are generaly left without readers audience for long) and jumping for few days or even between chapters. This helps to keep story fast paced but if you really love some setting or particular character you will miss opportunity to look at his common day. I can just wonder if its a flaw or advantage i would like to get more of something but do i really want to read another 20 pages inner tought monologue... Another strong side of Wooding is his character design, you wont find archetypical 100% Lawfull Good or Chaotic Evil characters just like in Ketty Jay all sides have their reasons and i would like to read in comments if any one of you can cleary point bad guy here. Main antagonist Orna is assasin-spy in service of noble house Caracassa part of one of main nations living underground. But she is also a whore, a mother and wife constantly trying to cope with multitasking of all this roles and often in her own opinion failing. 


The world... the world presented in The Fade could alone drag rest of the book even if you dont like female main characters or sexual episodes. The Callespa is an moon of bigger planet probably gas giant bathed in lethal sun... and when i say lethal i mean it. Not just dry and hot like Dune... here UV and all other kinds of radiation will kill you in seconds if exposed, thats why nearly all races dweel underground. Author uses his creation with skill not only puting story in exotic place but also using it to alter the story, quote "War in Callespa was allways fought in three dimenstions" describes it accurately. 
I just finished reading it and i dont want to spoil the fun but if someone in comments leave something about plot i cant help it and i will not moderate it, most likely i will read it with interest :P.


From tomorow i start to read Black Lunged Capitan also by Chris Wooding (Ketty Jay book 2)



4 komentarze:

  1. I like futuristic worlds.So I like this book.I like your review so I like your blog.Cheers mate.

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  2. sounds like a very interesting book. look forward to more reviews, mate!

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  3. hm..that seems interesting and creepy O.O

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