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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The plot rockets along at a laamentation fast pace, and the world is somewhat intriguing. No more ponderous plotting – Scholes barely gives us time to breathe. Not a whole lot of meat here in this first of the series, but it has a lot of potential and I going to continue to read the series to see where Mr. Scholes’ background is in short story writing, and it shows. Aug 26, Ranting Dragon rated it it was ok Shelves: This way of thinking seems almost alien to that of humans on earth, yet it made sense.

The character of Isaak is simply a pleasure. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email. Thanks for telling us about the problem. One of the things I love most about the plot is the focus on restoring the library of a great city that has been destroyed. Jul 03, Monica rated it did not like it. I felt that what the story was really about is how cataclysm changes people. In fact, their approach to technology was both completely understandable and heartbreaking – the same way that it makes me want to vomit to think about past cultures and religions going through and destroying monuments, ancient structures, technology, etc, thinking about how much religion has held back science and progression in the past; oddly when put into the shoes of these people, who see destruction they blame on this technology, a bit of slippery slope theory in the name of protecting themselves, and getting rid of it suddenly makes a bit of sense.

Orson Scott Card is perhaps a bit of a cheap date in the blurb department. Will I follow it up? Petronus, the monk with a shadowy past, Rudolfo a swashbuckling Gypsy King, Jin Li Tam, the beautiful female protagonist schooled in the arts of seduction and knives and a young boy, Neb, who was the only human witness to the Fall of Windwir.


I really liked that there had been wars and ruin in the old days and now schooes of years later this is what we have. Lamentation is only for the most patient fans of epic fantasy.

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However, I was reading other books at the time, thus the book merely sat on my bookshelf for over a year. The writing style lends itself beautifully to this format. Open Preview See a Problem? War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

: Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, Book 1) (): Ken Scholes: Books

His series, The Psalms of Isaakis published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot.

My favorite scene from the book is the confrontation between Rudolfo and Vlad Li Tam over the bonfire near the end. In this lies significant potential for future books in The Psalms of Isaak—of which the next two volumes, Canticle and Antiphon, have already been released.

Of course, it wasn’t where Ruefello had lived. I didn’t buy it. Home to a powerful order of scholar-priests, Windwir gathers knowledge of the old world destroyed two millennia ago according the precepts of their mythological founder.

The plot is brilliantly twisty I scared my my cat more than once by screaming at developments I hadn’t seen comingthe characters compelling.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This novel did its job. These elements appear completely out of the blue, and their contribution to the story is one of convenience, clearly added by the author to create direction for his story.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The stakes are too low, the story too meaningless. Neb’s journey to the Churning Wastes where the magical and technological destruction of a past civilization has created a landscape where “glass mountain ranges cast bloody shadows over forests of bone.


His work has appeared in print for over sixteen years. We seem to be looking at flat stereotypes that fail to endear us to any of the personalities. But human nature hasn’t changed through the ages: Appears the world in which Canticle is set is probably ours, but in the very distant future.

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The weak secondary cast remains an impediment. How the novel quickly shifts its focus from one character to another also revealed a lamrntation short-cut plot which led to missed opportunities for scenes that could have been developed more in depth.

There were plenty of point of view characters but they were essential so the reader could understand the multi-faceted plan behind the story. Cornelius, OregonUS. And I really want to know about the Old World! Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, power, and invention, and shows us all how it’s done.

It felt like a modern ver http: See and discover other items: Ultimately, the question might not be whether or not Lamentation itself is worth picking up, but whether the continuation of The Psalms of Lamenttion warrants the investment of hours reading what seems a mere prelude to the series at large.

Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others’ throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered. Macmillan did a brilliant job recording the first two books and Audible has continued from there, keeping a few of the original voice talents on board. Scholes has now done this.