Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake – Book Review

Trial-of-Flowers

it’s slightly disorienting. The City Imperishable (similar to Ankh-Morpork if you’re a Discworld fan) has recently been the victim of a small plague of supernatural disasters. What’s worse, the City’s leading alchemist has vanished from his locked tower and there’s nobody else strong enough to stem the tide of weirdness. It falls to his sometime assistant, Jason, to track him down or end the problems himself. He’s joined by a rag-tag crew of thieves, dwarves, and even a few invaders who band together in a bid to save not just the City itself, but most probably the world from an attack by, well, someone who has enough strength to threaten it. All the details manage to sort themselves out in the end, and what we’re left with is an exciting story full of magic, sacrifice, and the good that might secretly reside in even the blackest heart.

Though I don’t want to spoil it by giving away the details, suffice to say that this story had plenty of original ideas in it – gods as friends and enemies, saddled giraffes, a Dwarfess-operated mob underworld, and the list goes on and on. If you want something fresh, pick it up. But be warned – it can get messy, and it’s not for the faint of heart. After all, it’s a book about the world, and the world can be a vulgar and brutal place. It’s so different from anything else I’ve read that it really needs its own little category. But it’s good, oh yes it’s good. So turn off the overhead light, pull the blanket over your head, get a flashlight, and take a trip to another place . . . Welcome to the City Imperishable.

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