Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)

Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1) Spellbound By The Faerie Queen, The Woman Known As Seeker Has Abducted Human Children For Her Mistress S Pleasure For Nearly An Eternity, Unable To Free Herself From Her Servitude And Reclaim Her Own Humanity Seeker S Latest Prey Is A Merlin Named After The Legendary Wizard Of Camelot, Merlins Are Not Simply Those Who Wield Magic, They Are Magic Now, With Rival Mages Also Vying For The Favor Of This Being Of Limitless Magic To Tip The Balance Of Power, Seeker Must Persuade The Merlin To Join Her Cause Or Else Risk Losing Something Even Precious To Her Than The Fate Of Humankind. I couldn t get involved Too much backstory Too many competing mythologies Fae, werewolves, Arthurian legend, talking trees, oblique references to events and people I couldn t keep straight.The problem might be in me. The one where Seeker is a half fae compelled by some sort of blackmail to serve the Queen of Faerie, who takes her off the task of kidnapping mortals and sends her to bind this generation s Merlin.I did not like this book The author has packed into it every bit of British Isles mythology she can think of plus some she just made up Werewolves who change whenever they like, except at the new moon Two hundred and fifty pages in, she was still introducing new rules, so that I was forever having The one where Seeker is a half fae compelled by some sort of blackmail to serve the Queen of Faerie, who takes her off the task of kidnapping mortals and sends her to bind this generation s Merlin.I did not like this book The author has packed into it every bit of British Isles mythology she can think of plus some she just made up Werewolves who change whenever they like, except at the new moon Two hundred and fifty pages in, she was still introducing new rules, so that I was forever having to reconsider the conditions I thought the characters were working under I found Seeker a desperately unsympathetic character I don t, to begin with, understand what compels her to work for the queen We don t ever actually see her do anything appalling the only mortal she kidnaps is one who seems to be very happy to go to Faerie , but we re given to understand that she does steal
A frustrating book which could ve been better than it was, I think.The overall story is the type of thing I enjoy magic vs science, ancient vs modern, with a sort of complex morality where both sides are right, and both sides are wrong, and you sort of like them and hate them equally Well, not quite equally as, despite everything, I did side with Faerie because, as the Merlin said, a greenhouse is not a garden, and a garden is not a jungle, and I like a bit of wildness, me.But the character A frustrating book which could ve been better than it was, I think.The overall sto
It s always delightful discovering another author in one s favourite genre whose entire oeuvre you want to read after finishing just one book Blood and Iron begins in media res, with an agent of Faerie the Seeker of the Daoine Sidhe and an agent of humanity the Promethean Club s Matthew Szczegielniak chasing the same quarry a faerie changeling After introducing us to these two main characters, the book pulls back in scope and reveals the centuries old conflict between Faerie and the Promet It s always delightful discovering another author in one s favourite genre whose entire oeuvre you want to read after finishing just one book Blood and Iron begins in media res, with an agent of Faerie the Seeker of the Daoine Sidhe and an agent of humanity the Promethean Club s Matthew Szczegielniak chasing the same quarry a faerie changeling After introducing us to these two main characters, the book pulls back in scope and reveals the centuries old conflict between Faerie and the Promethean Club over the fate of the mortal world.I say main characters because it s hard to tell who the good guys are in this book There are times when I hated Matthew and times when I hated the Seeker I praise Elizabeth Bear for her ability to establish such moral ambiguity Although she addresses rather tired motifs for fantasy, such as the decline of old gods and their replacement with a new era i.e., the death of Faerie and the
Genre fantasy, possibly epic fantasy and arguably urban fantasy, but mostly it s fantisy with fairies.Half way though the novel I was still unsure what the book is gonna do plot wise however, the characters and their evolving interactions are fascinating It was described to me as magic and fairie in modern New York but it s ratherlike Fairie with a dash of modern for relief It really catches the feel of a court of immortals the interpersonal histories go back a long, long
I might go back to this book I don t know I reached page 196 and realized I didn t care about any of the characters I wasn t even curious about them Bear s idea is good, but it seems, as several other reviews have pointed out, that she is throwing every single myth or legend motif into the mix, and it doesn t quite work In some ways, it feels like she is going down a list Okay, I mentioned a kelpie, now I need to mention Arthur, and so
Artifice high Heart low Too many impossible things before breakfast. The powers of faerie are fighting a losing war with the iron powers of humans This generation s Merlin has been found, and both the faerie Seeker and mage Matthew of the human Prometheus Club must try to win her loyalty for their side But this time it sthan just the Merlin a dragon prince is coming, a man in the mold of Arthur and Vlad Dracula, who will pay the mother dragon in blood as he is destined to do.This is a really excellent book It divides its time between the eerie realms o The powers of faerie are fighting a losing war with the iron powers of humans This generation s Merlin has been found, and both the faerie Seeker and mage Matthew of the human Prometheus Club must try to win her loyalty for their side But this time it sthan just the Merlin a dragon prince is coming, a man in the mold of Arthur and Vlad Dracula, who will pay the mother dragon in blood as he is destined to do.This is a really excellent book It divides its time between the eerie realms of faerie and the sometimes eerier glitter of New York, and manages to underpin them both with the same old old stories The writing is a pleasure in and of itself poised and precise, but also rich and simultaneously quirky We re fucked, Seeker confirmed Welcome to fairy tales Have a nice day Canap And it is soothing to this chafed and tired reader to see the variously queer and colored characters going about their business thoug
This was my first book by Elizabeth Bear It is intended to be the first book in I quote from Bear s website a sprawling same world fantasy cycle beginning in Summer 2006 with Blood Iron, followed in 2007 by Whiskey Water These books deal with the five century old silent war between Faerie and the iron world, and the lives altered and destroyed on either side I really wanted to like this book a lot, but I found it hard to get into It was very similar, I thought, to many other b This was my first book by Elizabeth Bear It is intended to be the first book in I quote from Bear s website a sprawling same world fantasy cycle beginning in Summer 2006 with Blood Iron, followed in 2007 by Whiskey Water These books deal with the five century old silent war between Faerie and the iron world, and the lives altered and destroyed on either side I really wanted to like this book a lot, but I found it hard to get into It was very similar, I thought, to many oth
If you are expecting a simple urban fantasy story with mages and faeries, then you are in for quite a shock here Blood an Iron is a novel to be read slowly, to be savored, and to be reread As such, I have to admit that I didn t understand some of the references The characters speak in riddles and do not spell everything out for you It is as if we are looking through a win

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  • Paperback
  • 430 pages
  • Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • English
  • 19 April 2018
  • 0451462173