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Mordew (Mordew Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08R2L4STC
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (September 14, 2021)
- Publication date : September 14, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 7706 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 611 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1913111024
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #377,188 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These are very disparate referents, which is a measure of the overall originality of the book. The dialogue is particularly good. I’d avoid the list of characters and the world-building is so good that you don’t really need the glossary. However, the glossary and the somewhat intractable anthropology that follows it are strong indications of how much thought has gone into the construction of the society here.
Good to know, for once, that it’s to be a trilogy.
(Edit, I wrote somehow, in a stupor, that it was 700 pages, clearly it isn't. Apologies to the author and readers of this comment.)
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And yet i can't put the book down ,its mesmerising in its "go for broke" ambition but it has spoiled my appetite once or twice.
‘Mordew’ is the first in Pheby’s Cities of the Weft trilogy. It’s quite a complex plot and as a result almost impossible to summarise. At heart it is a coming-of-age story focused on Nathan Treeves, a young boy living with his parents in the slums of the sea-battered city. After his desperate mother sells him to the mysterious Master of Mordew adventures ensue and secrets are uncovered.
Pheby has created a phenomenal setting: a Dickensian world with Gothic elements that reminded me of Gormenghast. It is peopled with a variety of eccentric characters as well as magical creatures.
The audiobook contains the core story though I was pleased to have its ebook edition to hand as aside from being able to read alongside listening, it contains extra material: a map, a character list, a list of the unusual things found in the book and following the main text a glossary and a final section titled: ‘Fragments Towards A Natural Philosophy of the West’. Quite a rich offering.
Because of its complexity it did take me a short while to feel engaged. Yet once I did I was completely hooked!
In terms of the audiobook, I have enjoyed Kobna Holdbrook-Smith narration of the Peter Grant series so it was lovely to have him narrate this novel. He does more than read the text but brings his considerable acting skills to the narrative and utilises a wide range of voices. I thought his narration was excellent and thoroughly entertaining.
I certainly will be looking forward to reading the next in the trilogy and hope that W.F. Howes releases an audiobook edition alongside it.
The premis of a magical and malevant child being used by the painfully obvious evil Master really didn't engage. He kills people, rips apart the last remaining elephants left in the world after some undisclosed calamity.
All the characters are very two dimensional and loathsome. Having just started re reading Gormenghast again, please buy those instead.
Or maybe this is the best that Fantasy can now do, but so disappointed.