IN A WORLD BEYOND THE WORLD, DRAGONS AND WONDERS: the second book in a fantasy trilogy of huge charm and dynamism, and great potential.
The Turned World has become our own world, almost. The story begins in the 19th century with the eruption of Krakatoa – and the reader is hurled, brilliantly, BETWEEN worlds. Through a series of fabulous landscapes our heroes arrive at the Wall. This is the world of Stone, called Amara – and a world as coherent as McCaffrey’s Pern yet as relevant to the reader’s own view of the universe as John Crowley’s Aegypt series.
Edwards is a very significant writer in this respect. The Wall shelters entirely new and strange creatures, such as the Tam, insectile beings that evolve rapidly to sentience whenever there is a breach in the Wall, which they repair and then revert. There are stone-age human settlements in extraordinary buildings, plant life between the cracks in the stones of the wall – and the dragon descendants of characters from the first series.
The story is action-packed and the plot extremely strong. Added to this, the central characters develop in totally convincing if startling directions.
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Following Stone and the Sky, Victorian scientist Jonah Lightfoot and American artist Annie West return for the centrepiece of Graham Edward's trilogy set in a world where the sea is vertical and "the hidden machinery of Stone is recording every breath of every beast that ever walked the Earth." In Stephen King's Dark Tower sequence "the world moved on" into fantasy and legend. Here, as in Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood sequence, modern fantasy arises from mythopoetic archetypes:
"Stone is connected to our world by memories. What's more, travelling on Stone is like travelling backwards or forwards in time in our world. The Threshold marks a moment way back in ancient history called the "turning of the world"."
The rather formal narrative of Stone & Sea is replaced by a more immediate style, and while some readers may miss the previous elegance, the different approach keeps matters fresh, compensating for that middle-book-of-a-trilogy feeling that the really big events are being held back for the finale Stone & Sun. Even so, there is plenty going on, with Edwards pulling some kaleidoscopic twists and introducing engaging new characters; Grandfather Tree is a quirky variation on Tolkien's Ents. Most of all, here are Dragons. Archan, who originally appeared in the author's first trilogy, beginning with Dragoncharm, returns for a nightmarish encounter with Annie which promises an epic resolution. This is a good solid fantasy, a little disappointing compared to its predecessor, but still superior fare which makes the ultimate conclusion something to be anticipated with interest. --Gary S. DalkinFrom the Back Cover:
'Stone & Sea'
In a world beyond our world … dragons and wonders
Stone is a wall the size of a world. Through the cracks in Stone's mighty wall emerge creatures from all the ages of life on Earth. In this strange vertical realm, where the clouds tumble downwards and the greatest peril is to fall, Jonah Lightfoot and Annie West come face to face with dryads and dragons, a forest that talks, a globe-shaped ship. Ancient myth and the magic by which our world once ruled are alive still on Stone … and the magic is just beginning. Archan the immortal red dragon – forever evil – is on her way back to Stone from the abysses into which she was cast.
Praise for 'Stone and Sky':
'An imaginative tour de force, quality writing – a superior work of fantasy'
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Book Description Harpercollins Uk, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000651071X
Book Description Harpercollins Uk, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000651071X