When it comes to talking about Mark Lawrence books my choice is either to wait a few years until they get published, and say something when some of my initial enthusiasm faded, or talk about them while the experience is still fresh, pulsing inside and risk looking like a show-offy buffoon.
So no, I won’t blame you for looking away, rolling your eyes. But I have to say, slowly nearing the end of Limited Wish, the second book of his science-fiction trilogy I think it might be some of the strongest writing I’ve seen from him yet, and that’s saying a lot, considering the works he produced so far. It doesn’t just have a fascinating, gripping story and great characters, it also makes you think, question your own choices in life, it moves you in ways you don’t even see coming. It’s science-fiction, yet at its core it’s very much about family, friendships, love, things for which we face our biggest fears and threats, things we live for, fight for or sometimes even die for.
It’s easily shaping up to be one of his best books, putting up a fierce competition against another strong contender in the category, The Girl and the Star. The latter being the working title of the first book of his new fantasy trilogy, set in the same world as Red Sister. TGATS has a more complex plot to Red Sister, a wonderful, rich tale and an even more fascinating world building. On a personal level it also claims the title of the book with my most favourite opening, ever. All that, combined with incredible writing brings the book well in line with Red Sister, if not making it slightly superior to it.
Mark is such a genius. I truly believe he’s one of the great masters, capable of humbling us with his skills, making it look easy. I think we’re incredibly lucky that he’s so prolific. He doesn’t just finish his series, his writing just keeps getting better and better. You can always rely on him and know: the best is yet to come.
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