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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
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The Raven Tower (edition 2019)

by Ann Leckie (Author)

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"Following her record-breaking run in science fiction, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, brings her immense talent to an epic fantasy novel about the hidden forces that guide our fates. Having helped win a war at great cost in human lives and to its own power, the god known as the Raven of Iraden was forced to continue to fulfill its commitment to its followers and slowly regain its strength through the steady flow of prayers and sacrifices which are the source of all the gods' powers. Centuries into that toil, a usurper to the throne of Iraden has discovered the Raven's weakened state and sets in motion a plot to gain the favor of younger, stronger gods in a bid to consolidate his power. But the Raven of Iraden is more resilient than its enemies have accounted for, and with the help of some unlikely allies it may still return to glory" --… (more)
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Title:The Raven Tower
Authors:Ann Leckie (Author)
Info:Orbit (2019), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Rating:****
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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

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Ann Leckie schreef met de Imperial Radch-trilogie een uitermate fascinerende en meeslepende sci-fi trilogie, waarvan we danig onder de indruk waren. Dat ze daarvoor Hugo-, Nebula-, Locus & andere awards voor mocht ontvangen, toont aan dat we niet alleen waren. Haar volgende - Provenance - was aangenaam leesvoer, veel meer resoneert daar echter niet meer van in ons achterhoofd.

We waren best nieuwsgierig naar haar fantasy-debuut The Raven Tower en dat ze kan schrijven, plots uitwerken en spanning opbouwen, werd andermaal bevestigd.
Net als in haar sci-fi trilogie, speelt Leckie graag met de machinaties achter de daden van haar personages. Waar het de ruimteschepen waren in haar sci-fi epos, die hun actieve rol opeisen, zijn het goden in haar fantasydebuut. Knap uitgewerkt en sterk ingezet in de plot, maar deze keer leek ze wat meer moeite te hebben om haar pionnen uit te zetten: het duurde toch een blz of 100 voor we vonden dat het boek echt op gang kwam. En dat is veel. Een geduld dat je niet zomaar van je lezer mag verwachten, vinden we.

We beten door - zo heel moeilijk was dat nu ook weer niet - en werden beloond met een strakke spanningsboog, die naar het einde toe uitermate gespannen staat, een verfijnd uitgewerkt idee en een goed opgebouwd verhaal.
Niet voor de eeuwigheid (in tegenstelling tot haar hoofdpersonage) maar graag gelezen en goed genoeg om uit te kijken naar wat Ann Leckie in de toekomst uit haar pen tovert.

Waar gender in haar eerste trilogie continu aanwezig was als cultureel en niet als biologisch gegeven (reden waarom de trilogie zo opviel en bijval kreeg) is het hier geen issue, al raakt ze het ook in The Raven Tower weer zijdelings aan.

Straffe schrijfster, goed boek, maar niet haar beste. ( )
  GertDeBie | Mar 22, 2021 |
A very interesting construct piece, and lots of fun. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
It takes a while to realize that this book is narrated by a god who has existed since the beginning of time, and even longer to realize what role the god plays in the events of the story. This is a world full of gods with varying degrees of power. Humans interact with the gods and make deals with them, offering sacrifices in exchange for protection and resources. The city of Iraden is under the protection of a Raven god, and in exchange for that protection, the ruler of the city must die at the raven's appointed time. The story starts when the heir to the throne returns home from war to find that has father has not sacrificed himself as required, but has disappeared, and his uncle has taken over. The story follows the heir's aide as they try to solve the mystery of why and how the ruler disappeared.

The story is narrated in the second person by a god, and alternates between this immediate story, and the much longer autobiographical story of the god's life. Second person narration can be weird, but once you realize that the god is talking to the main character, it makes sense in this book.

Leckie's world building, as always, is very good. It's confusing for a chapter or two, but comes together more and more completely. The politics seem a little dense at first, but are reasonably easy to understand. The god who narrates the book is interesting because of their long view of the world, their slow deliberation, and their understanding of how their own power is limited. The story is engaging and the main characters are likeable - it's an enjoyable read, especially if you like complex world-building. ( )
  Gwendydd | Dec 24, 2020 |
Good as it goes, but I prefer her SF. I did like the narration style, which included speculation about what various characters (mostly Eolo) thought and felt, and her take on gods and how they work was excellent (particularly the idea that asking a boon from a god could have consequences for the god if granted, and that fulfilling a request could be done by some minor nudging of reality rather than by an instant miracle). But, possibly due to the narrative style, I felt less invested in the characters than I might have been with a more direct connection to them. (For example, Eolo’s situation is particularly interesting (from our world’s view), but it’s largely unnoticed or ignored in-story. ( )
  cmc | Dec 21, 2020 |
Loved her Ancillary Justice, but felt let down by the sequel. Thought I'd give this a try as I'm more of a fantasy guy anyway. Started, but found the tone off-putting (it's just so serious which is not really me, plus she used unconventional pronouns in her prior series (everyone's "she/her") and did something similar here "you did this, you did that" which reminds me of the Broken Kingdom, which reminds me I'm already reading one Very Serious work of fantasy and I'd probably rather just finish it.)

Checking reviews, and learning the narrator is a rock that I suppose is conveniently always in the right place, or omniscient, didn't turn the tide in the book's favour. So I've stopped.
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
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I first saw you when you rode out of the forest, past the cluster of tall, bulge-eyed offering stakes that mark the edges of the forest, your horse at a walk.
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"Following her record-breaking run in science fiction, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, brings her immense talent to an epic fantasy novel about the hidden forces that guide our fates. Having helped win a war at great cost in human lives and to its own power, the god known as the Raven of Iraden was forced to continue to fulfill its commitment to its followers and slowly regain its strength through the steady flow of prayers and sacrifices which are the source of all the gods' powers. Centuries into that toil, a usurper to the throne of Iraden has discovered the Raven's weakened state and sets in motion a plot to gain the favor of younger, stronger gods in a bid to consolidate his power. But the Raven of Iraden is more resilient than its enemies have accounted for, and with the help of some unlikely allies it may still return to glory" --

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