Solemnwell - The Sword and the Serpent

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Being the account of ventures, some ad, mainly misad- which seated the Kannyl Jacob on the Swardjohm's throne. This is the cruel story of unlucky people badly misused by magic and circumstance. It relates the tales and customs of the mountain folk of Klial known as the Yoyue, as well as the specific misfortunes of a pair of Raelingwood Bear-Shamans, a Wheivhoul Singer, a Ruylishean Girl Adept and a Raindrinker Jurist as they encounter the varied and unpleasant gods of the mountain.
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  • By Mordicai Knode
    May 7, 2010
    Two snakes on the Tree. The Gold says "taste of Knowledge!" The Black, "eternal Life!" This is the most recent of Kingtycoon's multi-part series on the War of Kliali Succession, his masterpiece ouvre on politics & human nature. While fantasy, he takes more from William T. Vollman & Lafcadio Hearn than from the pulps. I had told Kingtycoon prior to reading that he was going to have a hard time topping Windheart, since I quite enjoyed that & really ended up admiring the protagonist. His reply was that he planned on alternating themes in the series-- every other book would be interesting things happening to decent people, like in Windheart, but other-every book would be bad things happening to terrible people, like Raindrinker, & well, Solemnwell. He promised & delivered; really terrible things happen to the people of this book, that is true. Kingtycoon doesn't flinch away from rape & rapine-- but at the same time he acknowledges the implicit... More > rape that traditional fantasy glosses over. The seduction of the succubus, the hypnotic domination of the vampire; that is here, but stripped bare of romance, laid out as the rape it really is. I know, I keep talking about rape, but really that is the jarring moment, the tipping point, on which the book hinges. The murders, the witchcraft-- sure, they aren't pleasant, but there you have it. I think having written this book actually, Windheart bears revising-- the appearance of the spirit in Windheart should be quickly rewritten while the spectre of Solemnwell hangs in the air. In Solemnwell I think the most memorable bit for me ends up being the Weirding's first approach to the Yellow House. Solemnwell is steeped in font changes & secondary texts; the book dances between viewpoints & has some of the same (& purposefully included) problems as the Gospels of the Bible-- scraped pages & all that. I will also say, for all that Kingtycoon may tease me about the Science Fantasy elements of Oubliette, he certainly ends this book with a very Science Fantasy twist. If you haven't read any of Kingycoon's books, I definitely think you should pick one up. They are episodic, not serial, & you can start at any point in the spectrum.< Less
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The Smith's Finger
September 29, 2011
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