Curse of the Mistwraith

Discussion in 'Janny Wurts' started by biodroid, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. biodroid

    biodroid Expensive Gadget User

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    I have made some progress with this book and I must admit, I really like her style. I couldn't wait to see what happens next. It's not as complicated as ASOIAF but at least there are fewer characters to focus on thus making it easier to care for them and connect with them. I see there are comparisons made with GRRM, could someone point them out to me?
     
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    Easily as complicated, just much more subtle. It appears at this point in the series that there are only two sides (similar to A Game of Thrones), but there are many, many more. There are many agendas, and they are revealed only slowly. Remember to look behind the main action of the plot, and be aware of the undercurrents. Pay particular attention to the triplets at the end of each chapter block.

    Martin's is a more political story, where Wurts' is more about societal prejudices and the problem of perception, plus a host of minor themes.

    Comparisons are found in the complexity of the story, and its depth. Her ability with characterization is easily as good as Martin's if not better. However, she does not choose the nihilism and the "worst of human nature" kind of story that Martin does. She provides for moments of sublime beauty and grace. Humans are capable of both. While we have committed awful atrocities, "sometimes we manage to shine" (stole that from Bruce Cockburn). Martin ignores this aspect of humanity, whereas Wurts provides balance. For instance, you get both Tal Quorin, and Ithamon.
     
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    Thx Clansman, I noticed those triplet paragraphs at each chapters ending, but I seem to have forgotten them as I havent really seen any place for them in the story. I hope it will make sense later on.
     
  4. Clansman

    Clansman Lochaber Axeman, QC

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    LOL!!! The story doesn't make sense WITHOUT them later on!

    BTW, this series is taylor-made for re-reads.;)
     
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