There was a pause, then a soft laugh from Tethys. Memory, here, was the essential magic. Memory also moves one back in history, exposing the conflicts and exchanges of people and land that form the identities that exist today.
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Calling upon the waves of migration that have changed British culture over the millennia, Cooper undoes the idea of racial purity and exposes the fractured, punctuated equilibria of British identity. Particularly among ethnic whites, who rather recently in U. Instead, humans themselves must shepherd the species through the valley of the shadow of death. With the erasure of identity and history underway at the highest levels of American government, and with the forced reorientation of universities and colleges away from the humanities, the memory essential to a post-dualist world is under attack.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 13, Ursa rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , lgbtq , adventure , fiction , bromance. All in all, this book is enjoyable. The pace is a little slow at first. The scenery description is mostly rich and beautiful but lengthy at times, making it too easy to skip a few pages if you're not a patient reader. But it got better along the way and got me hooked all the same. While the plot is well constructed and the mysteries are steadily built up, the characters are what has drawn me in.
They're an allegiance of fascinating individuals: men, elves, dwarves and half-man-half-elf. They are All in all, this book is enjoyable. They are flawed by all means, but at the same time, full of compassion and chivalry. Based on their different origins, their initial interaction often consists of conflicts but the tension is quickly dissolved and transformed through companionship.
The dialogues, for the most part, are witty and fluid, if not information-driven sometimes. There are only a handful of battle scenes but they're all swift and engaging. Although I wish for more action, this doesn't affect the story in any major way.
The book contains homosexual romance which is mostly hinted or disguised as friendship. I myself rather enjoy the subtlety since, for once, it makes the feeling more genuine and endearing without the characters being irritably needy or cheesy which unfortunately happens a lot in gay fiction. Besides, it is safe to say they're all PG materials.
Nothing graphic or explicit.
While the protagonists are strong and well-drawn, the antagonists seem less appealing, except for one of the villains, who turns out to be mostly misunderstood and misguided. The rest of them feel lacking in term of depth and complexity. Then again, this is just the first installment of the trilogy; not all of the bad guys have made their entrance yet. We readers can always expect for more in the later books. On a side note, I regret reading this book late at night and ended up not having enough sleep by the morning.
So, don't start this book too close to bed time. David rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Acrispmichael : teamLRR.
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