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Roberta Ann R A MacAvoy is a fantasy and science fiction author in the United States Several of her books draw on Celtic or Taoist themes She won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1984 R A MacAvoy was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Francis and Helen MacAvoy She attended Case Western Reserve University and received a B.A in 1971 She worked from 1975 to 1978 as an assistant t

10 thoughts on “King of the Dead

  1. says:

    I wish I knew why I liked this book and the series as much as I do It s not for the plot while there was nothing wrong with the plot, it wasn t the main attraction.Perhaps it is the writing The prose is perfection simple, elegant, clean, minimalistic, and not flashy or distracting The descriptions are understated, and somehow it sets a tone and an atmosphere RA MacAvoy is a writer s writer, and has a great command of the language.Or perhaps it is the characters There are only a few characters, and they are sketched...

  2. says:

    This second book in the Lens of the World fantasy series was at least as good as the first Again, our female author writes from the point of view of a male character in a story that does not pass the Bechdel test for non male centered stories two female characters must have a conversation about something other than a man There are multiple characters who cross dress, however The major character of Arlin, a woman named Charlan at birth who poses as a man, is called a gelding at one point by a male character who will later disguise himself as female Later in the story, an actual eunuch is introduced A lot of this story set in an alternate late Medieval world revolves around discussions of and debunking of traditional ideas about gender and race It reminds me of the work of Ursula Leguin and of Ellen Kushner In the way that science fiction explores technology, these fantasy novels by female writers are really social fiction, exploring sociological concepts While character development was not very important in the kind of sci fi I grew up reading, it is crucial to this kind of social fantasy It is the characters in King of the Dead rather than voice, plot or even subversive gender play that I find most compelling In particular, the main character and narrator, Nazhuret, is part...

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    In this book, set some years after the first in the series, Nazhuret and his partner Arlin are being targeted by assassins and the attack which opens the story is the most serious so far Meanwhile, war is brewing with the nearby country of Rhezmia where Nazuret discovered personal ties in the first volume He and Arlin are chosen as emissaries to try to talk peace with the Emperor, but their personal assassins follow them, and things become complex and difficult As with the first volume it becomes clear that there is a hidden agenda and possible traitor.As with the first volume the characters are multi faceted Nazhuret persists in trying to be a scientist in a mostly non scientific world yet the meaning of his name King of the Dead afte...

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    This review will contain a few spoilers for R.A MacAvoy s previous book, Lens of the World You ll want to read that book before beginning King of the Dead.King of the Dead is the second story in R.A MacAvoy s LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy about Nazhuret, a man who is writing his life story for his friend, the king When we met Nazhuret at the beginning of Lens of the World, he was an ugly orphan who had been raised in a government military academy Upon reaching his maj...

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    This review will contain a few spoilers for R.A MacAvoy s previous book, Lens of the World You ll want to read that book before beginning King of the Dead.King of the Dead is the second story in R.A MacAvoy s LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy about Nazhuret, a man who is writing his life story for his friend, the king When we met Nazhuret at the beginning of Lens of the World, he was an ugly orphan who had been rai...

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    Man I really, really like these books These are mac and cheese for me just the right blend of prose and character and story.This one continues the life of Nazhuret from book 1, and again it is pseudo epistolary This time Nazhuret is writing to his teacher, Powl, and he picks up the story at age 28 the previous story left off at 22 This time he and Arlin are off to prevent a war.The theme of perception vs reality vs possibly magic continues, with the addition of Zhurrie living up to his name s meaning of King of the Dead and its implications It is not at all coincidental that the main character considers himself to be a scientist in a mostly pre scientific world, and that he attempts to find rational explanations for unexplained phenomena nor that both the first two books have added distance from the stories they re telling because they re epistolary The layers of distance between lived experience, imagined dreamed experience, remembered experience, analyzed experience, and retold experience are all evident if the reader is paying a...

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    The second book in the Lens of the World trilogy follows Zhurries and Arlin on a dangerous quest to Rhezmia, partly to discover who has been attempting to assassinate them, and then who has been instigating war between their native Velonya and the empire to the south Where the first book, Lens of the World, gave us fantasy as seen and challenged by a scientific viewpoint, this story immerses the characters in a world of visions and prophecies This isn t the magic of Tolkien s Middle Earth, and it may not even be magic at all As Zhurrie himself says, If I can, I will call my magical experiences drug poisoning, or deep philosophy, but all these names do not change the fact that I do not understand So we re left with haziness, ambiguity.I have plenty of appetite for ambiguity But what doesn t work so well here is MacAvoy s use of visions and hallucinations to invoke the grayness of this world s magic Zhurrie s narration is already at an arm s length from the action that s MacAvoy s style , and there are times when the retrospective storytelling oddly doesn t allow us the benefit of hindsight Yes, Zhurrie might have been confused in the moment, but why are so many confusions left unresolved when he s had time to reflect afterward Wouldn t he be able to piece together t...

  8. says:

    If this book were food it would have about 10 courses, involving salads and sorbets and roast lamb This stuff is so damned addictive.I would like to ask this idiot publisher why he she it chose to praise the first two books in the...

  9. says:

    Outstanding book

  10. says:

    This is NOT about zombies.

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