Book Review: Shattered Pillars by: Elizabeth Bear

Rating: 2/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: March 19, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Hardcover

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.

Elizabeth Bear is an astonishing writer, whose prose draws you into strange and wonderful worlds, and makes you care deeply about the people and the stories she tells. The world of The Eternal Sky is broadly and deeply created—her award-nominated novella, "Bone and Jewel Creatures" is also set there.

Review: I didn’t read the first in Ms. Bear’s “The Eternal Sky” trilogy and it did me a great disservice. When I started ‘The Shattered Pillars’ I was totally lost and I stayed lost even to the end. This is a book written for those who have read ‘Range of the Ghosts’ (book 1) because while I was able to pick up something about the characters as the story went along, I felt no connection with them. ‘The Shattered Pillars’ is very descriptive, but it quickly shifts from what is going on with one character to another which was dizzying and felt more apt for TV. It also took me a lot longer to read than it normally would have because I wasn’t able to be fully engaged in the story.

Eternal Sky series: Range of Ghosts (1), Shattered Pillars (2)

1 comment:

  1. It's a shame it couldn't stand on its own. The cover's striking.


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