A few years ago I was given Lamentation to read. At that stage it was a book that most people I knew were talking about. So, as you can imagine I was really looking forward to reading this book. I have to say that it was not as great as everyone kept saying and I found myself a little disappointed – though I will say that I could see the potential in the story. I had gotten book 2 and 3 at the same time and for a long while they just sat on my shelf. So with book 4 on the way I decided to read book 2 and later 3 so I would be ready when 4 dropped.
Now I can say after reading Canticle that I am angry with myself for leaving such a good book unread for that long! The potential I found in the first book comes out and punches you in the face! His writing is clear, the vision crystal and the flow so natural that hours pass around you without you being aware of it. The surprises in this book are so varied that I gave up trying to plot what would happen next, because just when you think you’ve got a handle on things, Ken kicks you in the stomach and laughs while you try to figure out what’s going on.
This book finds Rudolfo – The Gypsy King, trying to rebuild the library that was destroyed in the desolation of Windwir. At his disposal he has Isaak, friend and metal man with others like him who have locked in their memory scrolls most of the information that was lost. His wife Jin Li Tam is desperate to find a cure for he sickly son and will stop at nothing to find it.
Petronus moves back to his small hut in Caldus Bay hoping to find some quite so he can find the enemy none knew they had. Neb joins the gypsy scouts and when word reaches them of sanctorum lux they move with haste to the churning wastes, the ruins of the old world, to get there before anyone else does. Neb needs to go as he is, according to the queen of the Marchvolk, the home-seeker and this is his destiny – little does he know that some out there would see him as a abomination. While he struggles in the wastes the queen has some problems of her own. She is struggling to hold on to her people and the cause my be closer than they all realize.
And what of Vlad Li Tam? Ill just say this…what the hell!?
If you haven’t discovered the Named Lands yet then then jump on the wagon, we all must help to preserve the light.