by Ken Scholes
Tor Books, 2013, $27.99, 400pp
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Requiem follows Lamentations, Canticle, and Antiphon, a strongly written series with rich, complex world-building and social engineering. It is juicy SF you can sink your incisors into, told from multiple perspectives so that you get to experience directly the diverse, conflicting motivations of characters. I love the way technology and magic are regarded as blended arts, and how, historically, the wielding of them lead to an Age of Laughing Madness. Now the quasi-religious Order of Androfrancines exerts strict control over the exercise of magic and technology, and there is a problematic prophesy that almost everyone has been brought up to expect to be fulfilled but maybe it would be better if it were not.
Scholes books are a natural choice for readers who like epics with a political flavor. He presents multiple storylines that are interwoven even as they seem to be in opposition, and I found myself captivated by the tension between potential and proscription that hangs over so many of the characters even the metallic ones.
So if you have reread Game of Thrones or the Dune books so many times you have whole chapters memorized, if you are all caught up with Kevin J. Anderson’s publications and casting about for something similarly toothsome, this series might be the perfect solution to your summer reading shortage. ~~ Chris R. Paige