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by Martha Wells

A rising new talent in the genre offers a fantasy adventure in the style of the Arabian Nights, replete with devious images, beautiful maidens, palace intrigues, and a lone hero who must solve a riddle to preserve his magic powers.
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ISBN: 0312856865
ISBN13: 978-0312856861
Category: Science
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology
Author: Martha Wells
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1995)
Pages: 383 pages
ePUB size: 1445 kb
FB2 size: 1200 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 801
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When asked, I've always said I prefer science fiction to fantasy because of the possibility, however remote, that some part of the story might be true. Or become true. Some day. Yet if I'm honest with myself, I have to admit that I do love sci-fan as well.

To me, sci-fan is pragmatic fantasy in which the real and the unreal blend seamlessly to create impossible worlds that we nevertheless accept as possible. Dune, by Frank Herbert is probably the best known example of sci-fan, closely followed by Tad Williams' Otherland. And then there's Robin Hobb's Farseer saga. It's more fantasy than science, and yet the life-cycle of the dragons is no more unbelievable than the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies.

Well now I have a new sci-fan author to add to my pantheon - Martha Wells.

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. He's part of a species that was biologically engineered to survive in the Wastes after the land burned and the seas boiled away. But there are human survivors of the destruction as well, and the two species exist in an uneasy alliance against the deadly creatures of the Wastes.

Khat lives in Charisat, a human city, making a precarious living as a relic trader. Relic traders are like a combination of archeologist/palentologist/anthropologist, with a bit of a conman/thief added in, and relics are fragments from the lost world of the Ancients.

That would have been more than enough to grab my attention, but Wells weaves in history, politics, conspiracy, intrigue and a bit of classic who-dunnit to make the story an absolute page-turner. I loved it.

If you like sci-fan too then I strongly recommend The City of Bones.
City of Bones (Kindle Edition) by Martha Wells

I had previously read the author's MurderBot series and loved them. So I decided to take a stroll in Fantasy, and loved this book too! The fantasy is minimal enough to be believable (within the context) but also at times powerful enough to drive the plot. Happily, the fantasy is not overbearing nor heavy handed.
The characters are a delightful mixture and our heroes an unlikely company. We have Sagai, a learned man that cannot be a Scholar. And Khat, who is not allowed to be a citizen, and barely tolerated within the city. Yet Khat is the one with the most knowledge, especially about the relics they buy and sell together. How these two men get strangely involved with Even, a Warder for the city, and even more strangely get intertwined with subplots and plots and betrayal and politics... Well, that's why you are reading the book! Enjoy! I certainly did!
This is a fine book with interesting history and concepts that never really came together for me. I kept reading to know how it turned out, but it felt much longer than it actually was (I was eyeing the Kindle percent completion the whole time). Even as the book neared its conclusion, the author stopped to describe aspects of the setting or society, which broke any narrative tension that had built. The main characters did not really develop - Khat was the outsider who got beat up for being different but was deadly in his own right, Sagai was the poor learned man with a good heart and a family, and Elen was the self-doubting rich girl with unreliable powers. What romance there was felt shoe-horned in, and the way the main characters interacted with new characters didn't always make sense. As other reviewers have noted, it felt like a sequel was being set up only to conclude on an odd note.
My least favorite aspect was definitely the Kindle edition, which had numerous typos, spacing errors, and seemed to be missing some breaks within the chapter.
It seems that every Amazon fantasy recommendation I get these days involves a coming-of-age story of young boy destined to fight an ancient evil.

This book is a refreshing change of pace. It creates a very intriguing, post-Apocalyptic world where life is harsh unless you are one of the privileged few. Within that world, there are some very interesting characters, some from a privileged background and the main characters from the lower segments of society - Khat belongs to a mutant/engineered race called Kris, who arent even accepted as having souls, by most of society. So from a worldbuilding point of view, this creates a really, really fresh background for the story.

The story itself is told quite differently as well - unlike a "omg, we must do X, Y, Z or the Dark Lord will take over the world" type of quest, the characters - and the reader - muddle along without knowing what's at stake: that is only revealed towards the end. The scale of this story is much smaller than "save the world"... it is Khat's struggle to save himself from whatever machinations he's gotten into. So yeah, in that context, the grand denouement isnt as taut or climactic as in other stories, but i dont see that as a fault: that is very much in keeping with the scale of the book.

And yes, between the original world setting and an equally original story that flows with ease and ample development, this is a book that was very hard to put down. I was hooked by page 3.

I rarely give books 5-stars but this is definitely a 5-star read for fantasy buffs, IMO.
This was a very good book. I bought it with the impression that it was sci-fi (for some reason), and I got that old sinking feeling when I realised it was fantasy. I used to love fantasy when I was a kid, but the older I get... Well suffice it to say this one hasn't got a hint of Tits'n'Dragons. Interesting, multidimensional characters who say things that people might say, original setting, fresh, ominous take on magic. Reminds me a bit of Patrick Rothfuss, or the lady (whose name I can never remember) who wrote Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel. At any rate, head and shoulders above the things I generally find in the Kindle store for 2.99. I shall definitely be looking at Mrs Well's other works.