I thought it was about time that I read something by Sheri S. Tepper.
Originally published: 1993
Genre: Science fiction / Fantasy / Post-acopalypic
The dice landed on: 3,5
Did I finish?: Yes
Do I like the cover?: It’s not too bad.
Atop a twisting, canyon-climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres. In another part of the countryside, a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the enchanted village that is her home. Somewhere nearby, a young man is seeking adventure after running away from his family’s small farm. Suddenly a strange and terrible prophecy sets off a chain of events that will bring these three together in the heroic, romantic, and thrilling tale of an age-old battle.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I starts out as fantasy, careens into a mix of post-acopalyptic dystopia/utopia with a bit of science fiction, some romantic back-to-simple-ecological-living stuff and some more fantasy. In some ways it feels quite dated, more than it should for a book first published in 1993.
The reason I quite liked it, despite my mixed feelings, is that I found myself invested in what happens to both Abasio and Orphan. And for me that is really the most important thing. I can forgive an author for a lot as long as that bit works.
My main objection to the book is that it feels uneven, part of the story is strong while other bits seemed too steeped in ecelogical and anti-technologial sentiments to make an enjoying read. There were times when I felt I was attending some kind of rally instead of reading a novel, but then the story took charge again and things got back to being interesting.
The writing itself is also good, my issues are with the story. On the positive side the story is not predictable and it’s also quite exciting.
So, all in all, it’s not bad. Still, I think there are better books by Sheri S. Tepper to begin with than this one.