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Black Blossom by M.C.A. Hogarth

Black Blossom (original 2012; edition 2012)

by M.C.A. Hogarth

Series: Kherishdar (3)

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The high priest of Shame in Kherishdar is shattering-- --and the only thing between him and his ruin is the gentle Calligrapher, Farren Nai'Sheviet-osulkedi. When they are dispatched by the god of Civilization to Qenain, the House of Flowers, they find it in disorder, having fallen prey to a mysterious influence... an alien influence... a human one. Can one man heal Shame in time to save him and Qenain both? Or will they both fail? And what will happen in--and to--the House of Flowers? A genteel, conversational fantasy of society, culture... and the perversions that threaten them.… (more)
Title:Black Blossom
Authors:M.C.A. Hogarth
Info:Studio MCAH
Collections:Read, Read this year, ebooks, Cover done
Tags:Fic, SF, !Amazon, _import200611

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Black Blossom by M. C. A. Hogarth (2012)



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A strange and interesting story. The actual cause(s) of events are very secondary to their effects, as story drivers. There's a mystery, which gets solved almost off-screen. The major focus of the story is the Calligrapher (from The Aphorisms of Kherishdar) and Shame (from The Admonishments of Kherishdar) meeting and interacting. Correction, relationships, broken pots, and very complex realizations on both sides - this is a(nother) very internal book. Mutual therapy. Unlike the previous two, there is actually one story here, not the short pieces we've seen before - but it's still presented as Al-Naidar explaining events (and interactions) to human. In this case there's a lot of explanation of words and meanings, too. The interspersed explanations are useful, but they also threw me out of the story a bit. The short "deleted scenes" at the end are excellent - events from other POVs (the story itself is entirely from the Calligrapher's POV). ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 27, 2020 |
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In this sequel to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar, the gentle Calligrapher is sent to succor the broken priest of Shame. Will he be in time to rehabilitate one of the empire’s greatest assets? And what will happen in the House of Flowers? A genteel, conversational fantasy of society, culture... and the perversions that threaten them.
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