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. So I told my friends over on Facebook that I would put up a post once I finished my re-read ofLamentation. I’m going to do that for each of the. 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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lamentation by Ken Scholes. An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the Androfrancine city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Ninefold Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.
Nearer to the Desolation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city—Nebios sat waiting for his father outside the walls and was An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the Androfrancine city of Windwir. Nearer to the Desolation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city—Nebios sat waiting for his father outside the walls and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.
To the south, Petronus, the Hidden Pope of the Androfrancine Order, also sees the column of devastation. He knows that he cannot turn away from his Order any longer.
And within sight of Windwir sits Sethbert, the Overseer of the Entrolusian City States, gloating over what he believes is the triumph of his plan to dominate the Named Lands. Hardcoverpages. Psalms of Isaak 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Audrey I don’t remember any swearing. There is some sex, though it’s not explicit. Is this book religious?
The series title sounds Biblical but the plot doesn’t. I am not interested in reading it if it is religious. See 2 questions about Lamentation…. Lists with This Book. Sep 16, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: A pleasant discovery for me. I delayed reading this series until the third book was out, and it seems the initial buzz has quieted down and the Psalms of Isaak is flying under the radar compared to Sanderson or Brent Weeks or Peter W Brett, who I think share a similar style and whose series I would rate a little below Scholes.
I apreciated the narrative flow and the clarity of the exposition. Good pacing and likable characters compensate for a certain lack of originality. Being mostly fantasy wit A pleasant discovery for me. Being mostly fantasy with some SF elements I was able to ignore some logical inconsistencies plot holes and a magical system that seems constructed lamentatin the principle: The introduction of mechoservitors robots could have led to an analysis of Asimov’s third law of robotics, but it was a missed opportunity, with Isaak having too many human personality traits to make a convincing A.
Another minus goes for the implementation of the hand signal language – very lajentation – I can understand giving battle orders this way, but transmitting subtle, complex messages in a discreet way?
Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak #1) by Ken Scholes – The Ranting Dragon
I didn’t buy it. So, I am left with a promising new writer Scholes and an entertaining debut that may not be in my all time top 10, but oferred lamemtation fun ride. Mar 27, Stefan rated it liked it Shelves: Well, the good news is that this novel actually got a bit better than I thought at first, but it’s still not the earth-shattering genre-defining debut that the nice publicity folks at Tor make it out to be. In terms of world-building, it reminded me a bit of Robert Jordan’s Sholes of Time.
I always tho Well, the good news is that this novel actually got a bit better than I thought at first, but it’s still not the earth-shattering genre-defining debut that the nice publicity folks at Tor make it out to be.
I always thought that was the most interesting thing about WoT, and that flashback scene in one of the books where you go back to scholee high times of the Aes Sedai was fantastic, but I still gave up in book 8. In “Lamentation”, a religious order acts as the keeper of the knowledge of those times, and in the first 5 pages or so, that order’s central city gets completely obliterated by a magic spell that was originally designed by the order’s lamentatiion, about years ago. Oh, and the moon is terraformed, which gets mentioned in passing but really piqued my interest.
So far, so good. The aspect of this novel I really didn’t like is, frankly, the characterization. There’s a hero, tragic and glamourous and strong and romantic, a soldier of soldiers, loved by all his men, blahdeeblah. When GGK does this, you feel like you know that man. You want to meet him and shake his hand. He can make you care about his characters. With Scholes, it feels more like they’re He does everything right, and the characters say and do all the right things, but there’s just no connection.
I just didn’t feel it. Not just with Rudolpho the heroic soldier-kingbut also with Neb-the-orphan-scholar or Jin Li Tam, the nobleman’s daughter and consort of the cardboard-cut-out villain who of course falls in love with Rudolpho. They’re all recognizable and definitely have kem depth, but just not the level of depth I was hoping for. 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. Not that this makes any sense whatsoever, but I kept wishing Scholes had handed his world and lamenhation over to Kay.
A good story, set in an interesting world, peopled with characters I didn’t give a damn about. It has a lot of potential, and I may actually read the next book I believe there are 5 installments projected at least it’s not another trilogybut I just didn’t feel satisfied after reading it. Maybe I’m just becoming jaded ha. Anyway, I give it three stars. Also, you know what? Given that this is only his first novel, I think this guy could turn out something really good in the future.
There’s definite talent there. I’m surprised at some of the negative commentary listed below, as far as this book is concerned. Despite being hardly fair, a lot of it is downright inaccurate. I really enjoyed this novel. Something that other reviewers likely didn’t appreciate was the fact that this is a story that tells itself, while the author just nudges it along. Yes, it is a very ambitious tale and yes, we only get to see little p I’m surprised at some of the negative commentary listed below, as far as this book is concerned.
Yes, lametation is a very ambitious tale and yes, we only get to see little parts of it via the numerous characters’ point of view. That’s what makes this a living, breathing world. Also, bear in mind that this is a kick off to a series and some loose threads will remain untied.
The prose in this book is something else and really bolsters the pacing. This novel never really gets bogged down, but just keeps moving. As far as the story itself is concerned. On the surface, it’s about the destruction of a city.
Not just any city too, but the seat of religion, albeit it somewhat science based, and knowledge in the Named Lands. Of course, political and religious turmoil erupts as fingers are pointed and countries prepare for war. Beneath the surface, however, there’s a lot more going on.
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A labyrinth of conspiracies, treason, double crosses and triple crosses where nothing is quite as it seems. In the final paragraphs of the novel, Mr Scholes is still busily changing our perceptions about the key players and introducing potential new ones.
Yet it remains a fantasy. And what a fantasy world it is! I thought Lamentation was a marvelous book.
I am relieved to say that my trust in the opinion of Orson Scott Card was affirmed by reading this. It goes without saying that the estimations of a renowned writer should carry more weight than those of the average goodreads user, although everybody is entitled to their opinion. This includes me and Mr Scott Card. If you’re looking for something fresh and exciting lxmentation a new series.
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A deeply heartfelt “meh. There’s nothing particularly memorable about Ken Scholes’ debut novel nor anything particularly awful about it.
Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes
As with any book, there’s almost certainly an audience out there to whom Lamentation speaks or for whom a character A deeply heartfelt “meh. As with any book, there’s almost certainly an audience out there to whom Lamentation speaks or for whom a character takes on a special life but it’s not me. The writing and story are pretty pedestrian and uninspiring; and there’re far too many instances where Scholes tells you how clever his characters are but you’re left wondering “In what way?
Stefan’s review makes the point well: Sadly, because I enjoy finding authors whose next book I look forward to. Jul 03, Monica rated it did not like it.