Knick-knacks, oddities, a sprinkling of academics, life and randomness. An expression of the not so convoluted labyrinth of my mind.
Also, Roger Federer. Books. Fantasy Fiction. Performing on stage. Food. Baking. TV Shows.
My sentiments exactly. Period.
Apart from the wonderland that is the Wheel of Time series, no other fantasy fiction book I’ve read has created so much intrigue using sheer politics. Yes, there is magic and power involved, but underlying everything is the desire to, quite literally, rule the world.
Some of the characters are quite exquisite. The cunningness of Elezaar, Marla’s transformation into a force to reckon with, Alija’s puppeteering, the heartbreaking fate of Laran, Wrayan - the pretty boy *sigh* do make it into quite a delicious collection of words and ideas. It is quite refreshing for a fantasy fiction junkie like me to see other facets of daily existence being included - not just wands and flashes of light. Gives it so much scope for imagination, no?
The one thing that is striking about this is the fact that, while the book isn’t particularly fast paced (meaning, you will never quite want to reach the end in a tearing hurry because you cannot wait to find out what happens), it always lies there like a knot at the back of your head - Warder style (ref: Wheel of Time). The consistency is commendable. Overall, a wonderful first book to what seems like a very promising series.