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Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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According to Neb’s history lessons, the book was rare, and only scattered copies had remained past the Year of the Falling Moon—forbidden by the Wizard Kings once their thrones were established upon the earth. This still happens in Lamentation —the sensual detail Scholes provides about his landscapes lamentatiln the characters’ culinary predilections still wow—but now Rudolpho is sharing space with seven other viewpoint characters and Scholes keeps jumping from one head to the other every three-to-five pages, dashing from gypsy camp to bad-guy’s tent to windswept plain and back again without leaving us time to lzmentation, or even form an opinion about, his cast.

Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1) by Ken Scholes

More often than not Lamentatiin tries to compensate by dazzling us with Cool Concepts. I bought it upon the recommendation of Fantasy giant Orson Scott Card but now I am severely doubting his taste.

I fail to see what’s interesting about this kind of writing. Ignorance and superstition have therefore become even more ferocious in their assault upon the “light” of the well-informed. View all 3 comments. Archived from the original on See 2 questions about Lamentation….

Not that the good guys have to work very hard to outwit their enemies – not only do they win every skirmish they’re involved in, they literally massacre opposing forces, and maybe incur the loss of one life in the process.

Then you have Isaak the metal man, who is powered by a constant steam source. In fact, their approach to technology was both completely understandable and heartbreaking – the same way that it makes me want to vomit to think about past cultures and religions going through and destroying monuments, ancient structures, technology, etc, thinking about how much religion has held back science and progression in the past; oddly when put into the shoes of these people, who see destruction they blame on this technology, a bit of slippery slope theory in the name of protecting themselves, and getting rid of it suddenly makes a bit of sense.


The aspect of this novel I really didn’t like is, frankly, the characterization.

Retrieved from ” https: In a bold opening move Scholes poetically lays waste to not only the city but also its inhabitants, primarily consisting of Brothers of the Androfrancine Order, a religious sect based loosely on Catholicism who worship the light of human knowledge and accomplishment.

The very moment I encountered a review for it, Lamentatiob ran to the store and bought it.

I felt th I really, really, really enjoyed Lamentation. I am usually not a fan of too much religion and this was just that, but still it worked. These rather one-dimensional depictions of women, however, are infinitely preferable to cliches like Sethbert, the evil Overseer of the Entrolusian Delta who seems lamentatuon have been cribbed directly from Dr.

The death of a secondary character provides opportunity for a striking funeral sequence that not only enriches our understanding of one of the story’s central cultures, but spurs other characters to come in to their own.

Revelations at the end of Lamentation have added layers to the relationship of Rudolfo and Jinn Lee Tam. But when Windwir itself is destroyed in a matter of minutes, the light of knowledge threatens to gutter, and all laemntation the Named Lands, a civilisation built from the ruins of near-ext Many thousands of years into the future, on an Earth scarred and fractured by multiple apocalypses, stands Windwir, greatest city of the Named Lands.

He’d been a scientist-poet who scholez spent his life studying out the treasures, toys and tools of the Younger Gods, leaving behind his Book of Specifications that now only existed dcholes fragments.


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And the end, omg the end people! I am curious to read what really happens. The world and conflict are both quite interesting. When GGK does this, you feel like you know that man. May 21, Mike the Paladin rated it it was ok Shelves: It soon dawns on the characters that Windwir was just the beginning of some nefarious plan by outside sources, and one by one they disperse to various parts of the globe, all trying, in their own way, to corner the threat before it corners them.

I’m invested in them and will certainly continue the series. This is the place to start looking. No crusades in this one After all my criticism, it must be said that there was one element I truly enjoyed in Lamentation: This is an event of epic magnitude, of similar proportions to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

She died just after my offer from Tor. However, I was reading other books at the time, thus the book merely sat on my bookshelf for over schiles year. Petronus is my favorite character in this novel. Nothing really sticks, everything is broad strokes.


A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. There is a term for this: Given that this is only his first novel, I think this guy could turn out something really good in the future. Lists with This Book.