And eve on right until barreling through to the beginnin, no knowing that story as a whole is not done yet.Dammit.Just as in the last novel in this series, the extremely awesome and utterly marvelous A Plague of Giants, the tory that we are reading is mostly he story itself being told by Fintan the Bard to the crowd camped on Survivors ’ Field in Pelemyn.
he people who survived the events of the irst part of a retelling and fetched up in Pelemyn as refugees from the multiple crises that have afflicted Teldwyn.Not just one but two plagues of giants.The title of this entry in this series is a tad more subtle.
But the blight of blackwings referred to this time is alway literal plague of the same sort.Instead, a blight of blackwings feels like it ’ s the equivalent of “ a murder of crows, ” or “ an unkindness of ravens. ” Or possibly both, as the blackwings of Teldwyn occupy the same niche as crows and ravens do.
This world-spanning story is th real treat.That being said, it ’ s essential to talk about what makes it such a treat.A big part of that for me was that the author ’ s experiment in voice really worked.
While we don ’ t sur what thi was really like, what he has created here turns out to hav a fascinating way of telling a big story with a uge cast of characters while making sure some of hose threads are easy to follow.The framing story is that Fintan the Bard is telling the tales using the voices and faces of the eople who experienced each part, strung together with a bit of what is comin on in the city through the eyes of Dervan, the chronicler and confidant of the ity ’ s thron.
ven when I switched to reading the ebook I was still hearing their voices in my head and it sure helped form my picture of who each of other characters was.The invention of he “ kennings ” the magic of th world, is new take on whole magic in fantasy idea, and he ay that it works underpins the politics and people ’ s viewpoint on their world.
But I xpect I ’ ll have to wait a couple of weeks, based on the time between A Plague of Giants and A Blight of Blackwings.