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    Ground breaking fusion of fantasy and science fiction.

    Magic is an important ingredient of fantasy, and the world of this book has that ingredient in that gods are real physical entities that have real influence on the world. But hovering in the sub text of this superb novel is a sense of the scientific - in the way the author skilfully weaves into the narrative the established truths of modern science, such as evolution, epidemiology, anthropology, and so on. Add to this an unusual narrative perspective and a plot that has more than one homage to "Hamlet" in it, and the result is an utterly brilliant and compelling book.
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    Well written, but ...

    Mixed feelings about this one. To begin with, it seemed to take a long time to get started, then I got interested, but the ending, which has a kind of twist, was rather abrupt. It is written in the second person, which started unfavourable comparisons with N K Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy, but after a while it began to make sense, as I realised that the real story was not what I initially thought it was going to be. The scene setting is very strong; despite the unusual perspective of the narrator there is a reasonable degree of empathy with the characters, and the overall premise is interesting. It's much, much better than Provenance, and I think it was a brave choice to write this book rather than returning to the Imperial Radch (much as I loved that trilogy), but I doubt if I'll ever read it again, hence the three star rating. It left me feeling somehow unsatisfied.
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    Complex story.

    I just didn't get on with this book. It made very little sense. Maybe I will give it another go on a while
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    Very good

    Fantasy is not my main thing but ... really enjoyed this one! Powerful Gods (but not all-powerful) living "beside" humans and mutually benefitting and struggling against other humans and "their" Gods. Add some hints of murder-mistery to it and the result is a great story!
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