Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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Give me prissy English butler robots. While some characters were little more than fantasy stock personas – the insane arch-fiend, the noble sidekick – most were well thought out and complex characters which I’m curious how they will be fleshed out further in future novels.

A couple of new and distinct characters do emerge—an insane mechoservitor named Charles and a shadowy priest named Renaud are both welcome additions to the tale—but by and large the supporting players in both novels are mere foils for the more developed central cast to play off of—and so generic that some, like the River Woman, are known only by the title of their profession.

Scholes showed a knack for combining elements of fantasy and sf into a strikingly different vision of the fantastic. Many thousands of years into the future, on an Earth scarred and fractured by multiple apocalypses, stands Windwir, greatest city of the Named Lands.

The stakes are too low, the story too meaningless. I don’t really know but I don’t have any plan to for now. I really liked that there had been wars and ruin in the old days and now thousands of years later this is what we have.

But it all feels a little too simple.

If you like your stories straightforward and with no teeth, give it a shot. It truly made me smile and laugh a little. It helped that it was an extremely creative version, that the writing was well above average, very engaging, succinct. Isaak and Rudolfo will now have five novels through which to caper, suffer, and solve the crime of Windwir. When I first say this was the writing style I was nervous that information would be lost in the translation. Scyoles a particular poignancy in the figure of Isaak and lamentatioh his insane counterpart, Charles—two machines who seem more frail and vulnerable than any of the human characters.


I fail to see what’s interesting about this kind of writing. Isaak, whom the series, The Psalms of Isaak, is named after, is a robot with feelings and his addition to the story adds another element. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Being mostly fantasy with some SF elements I was able to lamenyation some logical inconsistencies plot holes and a magical system that seems constructed around the principle: May 29, Marin rated it it was amazing.

Look, working in the back-story of a mythical realm with thousands of years of ien is never easy—but this sounds more like a grocery list than a tangible reality. It was never a chore to read, but it never once grabbed my attention, either.

Apr 23, Andrew Obrigewitsch ,en it it was ok Shelves: Since everyone’s motives and thoughts are entirely obvious except to the villains, who are oblivious to pretty much everythingit doesn’t really matter. Maybe I’m just becoming jaded ha. And Rudolfo saw lmaentation his part in that, and he saw how a lamentation could become a hymn.

I even tried to get Jay and Jen to let me off the dare early on but to no avail.

Psalms of Isaak Readthrough – Lamentation – Ken Scholes

Needless to say, I won’t be purchasing any sequels. Added to that is the premise of a great and powerful city lamentatoin by an ancient artifact long thought to be nothing but a myth. He’d been a scientist-poet who had spent his life studying out the treasures, toys and tools of the Younger Gods, leaving behind his Book of Specifications that now only existed in fragments.


And what Scholes lacks in minutiae he makes up for lamentatikn the broad spectrum. Jan 23, Liviu rated it it was ok Shelves: His schholes amounts not only to genocide—home to thousands of Androfrancine priests, Windwir is one of the most populous and influential communities in the Known Lands—but to a profound erasure of knowledge: This may be a case of overly high expectations that’s what you get for hyping this thing to piecesbut the end result is that I felt let down.

Give me anything other than crying robots.

Scholes’ background is in short story writing, and it shows. I felt th I really, really, really enjoyed Lamentation. Scholes draws fascinating characters–for instance a gypsy forest king, a clever consort, a mechanical man finding sentience, a young monk buried in survivor’s guilt, and a leader who walked away from his power. The prose in this book is something else and really bolsters the pacing. Return to Book Page. According to Neb’s history lessons, the book was rare, and only scattered copies had remained past the Year of the Falling Moon—forbidden by the Wizard Kings once their thrones were established upon the earth.

Which brings us to the utter destruction of a city of religion and learning.

Ken Scholes

Less than ten pages earlier Neb was left alone to handle the grave digging with winter coming on. Then you have to figure out how the elves, faeries, orcs, goblins, dwarfs, sorcerers, goblins and wolf people are going to play into this thing.

Prelude to the Psalms Where Scholes truly lost my interest, however, was when he decided to insert prophesies and meaningful dreams into the narrative.