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    [PDF READ] (The Skewed Throne) Under average fantasy in both style and story In a year in which I read so many interesting books this was one of the worst

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This book embodies a trend I ve been seeing a lot of recently a book that has a nifty cool concept but suffers in the execution and I m sorry to pick on this book in particular but it s the one I ve tried to read most recently A lot of books published recently have the same problem the author doesn t seem to know where his story actually begins In this case the book is about a girl with special powers who is trained as an assassin so that she can kill the current ruler who is insane and assume the throne herselfThat s a great beginning of a novel That s the setup It s not a whole novel it s the first third at most I want to know what happens next not spend 300 pages of training and dithering before getting to the cool stuffI wonder if the problem is not necessarily the writer but the current publishing model for YA and fantasy in particular that is We Must Have a Trilogy Well what if a story doesn t contain a trilogy s worth of material Do ou pad out the setup into the first book That s what seems to have happened here and it happens a lot and it drives me crazy It s not good writing and it s not even a good marketing strategy because it makes me disinclined to pick up the next books in the series If the author spent all this time on the setup of his story does he even know how to write the good partsAgain I am sorry to pick on this book in particular it s definitely not the only one I ve read in recent memory with this exact same problem I could list dozens of others So come on authors Come on publishers Something in the industry is broken let s try to fix it please A gritty debut fantasyVaris is a oung urchin gutterscum by her own admission a street smart thief who manages to survive on the margin by her own wits resorting to violence when the circumstances are forced upon her Living from hand to mouth in The Dredge a shanty town and slum beyond the borders of Amenkor her developing abilities for murder and thievery attract the attention of Erick a royal guardsman and assassin who seeks out and kills any marks the ruling Mistress has judged must be eliminated Under Erick s tutelage her abilities are honed to a ruthless edge but Varis has another skill she has not disclosed to anyone an innate magic she calls The River a supernatural flow into which she can submerge herself In The River she sees evil in shades of red and innocence in shades of grayWhen Erick assigns her to kill a mark that Varis knows to be innocent their ways part and Varis retreats back to the core of Amenkor proper Once again her agility her survival skills and her murderous ability with knives bring her under scrutiny Borund a local merchant hires her as a bodyguard and Varis finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy among the Amenkor merchants an attempt to seize monopolistic control of trade at a time when the survival of the city itself seems in uestion The First MISTRESS SEEMS TO BE LOSING HER seems to be losing her and is issuing nonsensical orders The pitiless unfolding of events places Varis in the position of being the only one who can save AmenkorA fine plot line with much promise to be sure And in his debut outing Palmatier has certainly crafted his story with enviable writing skills in the development of his characters in the clever narration of exciting action seuences and in the layout of easy flowing natural dialogue Varis own brief and lucid description of her oung life seems brutal in its crystalline clarity but totally natural in its presentation I decided I d be better off on my own So I left I ran away moved deeper into the slums beyond the Dredge I lived like an Animal There Scrounging In Garbage Heaps Eating Anything I Could there scrounging in garbage heaps eating anything I could scraps ou and Borund wouldn t even feed to a dog I was dying and I didn t even know itBut I also felt that Palmatier was tip toeing across a knife edged ridge that far too narrow for my liking the difficult decision an author must make about how much to introduce how much to disclose how much to resolve and how much to leave for explanation and completion in future works Oh sure there is obviously a seuel in the works But there are only two plot devices which move The Skewed Throne from normal medieval fiction into the realm of fantasy the magic of The River and The White Fire some sort of bizarre powerful event that sweeps through Amenkor from time to time Even Varis owns up to having no idea about the meaning of The Fire I felt its purpose Nothing to do with Amenkor nothing to do with me It was residual energy the remains of an event so powerful it had stretched across the ocean burned across the sea from a distant land The conseuence of a magic that no one in the throne knew the intent of that was totally unfamiliar It was nothing to usPersonally I d need resolution in this introductory novel to move it to a higher rating as a stand alone novel But and this is a fervent hope in the belief that all will come clear in future novels I ll certainly move on to the second novel in the trilogy The Cracked Throne and recommend it to other fantasy lovers as wellPaul Weiss I received a free review copy of this bookIt has a nice gritty feel although it uickly turned violent than I expected There s a lot of throats being slit in this book If characters sneaking around in dark alleys and clawing their way out of the gutter appeals to ou this might just be Cruel Fae (The Dark Fae your next favorite read The Skewed Throne is Joshua Palmatier s debut novel the first in a trilogy set in the city of Amenkor The heroine is a girl named Varis self proclaimed gutterscum with the ability to sense threats from those around her The strength of Palmatier s book lies in Varis Varis is a bitter girl hardened byears of living in the Dredge In den Palästen und Hallen Amenkors herrscht trügerischer Friede Doch in den Gassen der Unterstadt leben die Menschen in bitterer Armut Als obdachlose. The Skewed ThroneUt she retains a core of humanity Her ability to slip into what she calls the river where threats stand out as splashes of red in the currents of the world around her makes her an intriguing point of view character The early chapters develop Varis as a character and while the pace never slows it feels like the central plot of the book doesn t really start moving until later We learn that the Mistress of Amenkor is losing her mind and it is Varis and her gift who will have to put things right This is not a cheerful book There are at least five or six scenes of rape or attempted rape as well as a number of killings Palmatier never glosses over the violence in Varis life and it is a violent life indeed I have a great deal of respect for that kind of honesty from a writer At the same time some of the rape and killing began to feel repetitive by the time we reached the mid point of the book The Skewed Throne stands alone as a novel but The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics you can see Palmatier setting the groundwork for the story to come The White Fire which swept through Amenkor and apparently gave Varis her gift is never really explained Only at the end do we receive our first clues clues which will presumably be explained in the second and third books Perhaps the best recommendation is that I like Varis enough to want to read the next book And I m very eager to learn about the history of the Skewed Throne and the origin of the White Fire things that were only touched on in this book While it might not appeal to everyone ifou enjoy grittier fantasy I would recommend picking up The Skewed Throne Under average fantasy in both style and story In a Mille et un champignons year in which I read so many interesting books this was one of the worst A fine first read in the Throne of Amenkor series the tale follows Varis a street urchin who embarks on what does not uite look to be a rags to riches story She is tired of either fighting just to survive or being used as a toy by others using her gift that enables her to see to simplify whether people are good or bad The book rattles along at a good pace and I look forward to reading Book Two This is good start that has its own surprises And it isn t like much of the derivative fantasy out there By that I m talking about the dumb farm boy who gets the talismansword from the wise old man to defeat the Dark Lord of Wherever Now ifou do go for that derivative fantasy don t let it get Faire l'amour de manire divine you down Expandour horizons and go for something different like this book Focus is on one character a close to pubery girl named Varis who lost her mother at a very oung age and has become something of a thief in the seedy districts of the city She also has a special empath like power that lets her see into the souls of strangers and gauge if they re good or evil Look for a great deal of emphasis on how she steals food ie distracts some merchant while taking a Of Fruit As of fruit as well how she deals with hunger and loss The first sign of affection from someone nearly makes her burst into tears and this is one of the strong points of the character Rarely do such complex characters exist in fantasy tales Partway through the tale Varis is hired by a royal assassin to find people for him and a bit later kill people for him All come through order of the Skewed Throne a magical seat which is controlled by a ueen of sorts who wields a great power to control the magical fluctuations Think of the Skewed Throne like some great magical item of mystery Moral issues arise as Varis discovers some of the intended targets of execution are not evil Moreover matters become twisted when her mentor lets a competitor thief boy get training and his heart is very dark Through a series of events Varis goes into hiding and becomes a bodyguard for a rich merchant Don t be fooled by her small size though her mentor trained her to be deadly with a knife People thinking she is weak works to her advantage However the intrigue is just getting "Worse And It All "and it all into the Skewed Throne Look for a great deal of focus on the main character s stifled social skills as well as what it was really like to be a thief on the verge of starvation Deep themes of belonging and doing the right thing are also apparent An engaging if somewhat pedestrian read Reminded me a little of the Lies of Lock Lamora but less clever much straightforward The plotline was predictable what like the main character was ever not going to be the new Mistress but I really liked being in the main character s head Varis was gloriously pragmatic and sensibleThe madness of the Eryn Mistress was poorly explored for my taste I would have found the climax believable if she had first manipulated Varis into siting on the skewed throne and then committed suicide sticking Varis with the ruling responsibility but I can understand Palmatier reinforcing his choice theme and having Eryn Mistress make Varis deliberately chooseRecommendation Treat this book as a drinking game and take a shot every time there s a rape a threat of rape or a memory of rape Rape threat memory did not happen to one named female character Of the unnamed characters who were not technically raped the first was left wailing over the raped and murdered body of her oung daughter the second was implied and then murdered the third was murdered and her body not inspected for other incidentals It s a mark in the books favor that I carried along reading it despite the rapey mcrapeness This books should have been a book I could cheer The main character is a girlwoman She grows up from 14 in the course of the book whose motivation isn t about a man or men or anything of the sort She s driven by survival desire not to slide back to what she was a much smothe. Waise hat Varis gelernt zu kämpfen Dabei hilft ihr ihre besondere Gabe Sie kann die wahre Natur der Menschen sehen Eines Tages tritt ein Meister Assas. Red and denied but visible wish to be loved or embraced by family and conflicted pride in her own rather violent skills The city state in which it takes place is ruled by a woman and always has been as the successor is chosen by the Skewed Throne itselfThe white fire a strange magical effect which has swept over the city twice in its history Once a thousand Il est temps d'agir (IC.ESSAIS) years ago an incident about which there seems to be a surprisingly accurate remaining history and once just a handful ofears before the action starts is a mystery clearly meant to be solved in the seuelsVaris is living in a market area on the fringe of the slums of the great city to start And this is where my big problem crops upIn poor and poorly patrolled places one usually gets an interesting and broad variety of crimes People are looking for escapes so drugs or alcohol or cigarettes or at least the untaxed and unregulated varieties tend to run rife For similar reasons gambling dens and their hope might come up though they tend to be a middle to upper class thing People will go into prostitution in hopes of making extra money or will kidnap and pimp out others so as to get he money without the risk Taxes tend to put a strain on already tight purses so there tend to be smuggled goods ranging from staples to luxuries This creates a world of smugglers people with a hidden still in their basement people running honest shops with something less honest available in the back for those who know how to ask Loan sharks take advantage of the desperate Thugs and bodyguards crop up all over to protect a smuggler or pimp to sueeze blood from a stone from the desperate victims of the loan sharks Kids and adults both realise working in groups gets than working alone and form gangs which soon as a sheer matter of self defense realise that letting members go who know anything is very bad for business and develop both perks and threats to keep members in Thieves and opportunists hang around to snag whatever can be snaggedIn the underworld we re shown here we only see the thieves and opportunists of which our heroine is one and one gang which she belonged to but fled with zero conseuences Otherwise all the crime in the marketIs rapists and serial murderers of women Women kidnapped off the street and raped then killed some of them it seems so fast our heroine can t even follow from across the street and down a couple of alleys before it s doneALL OF IT Oh except one man we see beat his girlfriend the girlfriend of whom seems honest Although she eventually kills him in self defenseTrue there are I think 2 3 men whose actual crimes we don t know who are hunted by the law Which in this city state means being marked for death And Bloodmark our heroine s rival who does kill men as well as women mostly in the name of the law When he does so with any excuse OTHER THAN It s a legal target it s revenge on Varis so that even as the violence kills a man it s all to hurt a woman I suppose fridging a man for a woman s sake is at least a bit of variety although I find it interesting that it s implied Varis has actually traded about 10 words with the man in uestion in spite of how important she considers him I m hoping I misunderstood their encounterBut this is not a real underworld It s a bloody mess where women are targets Except VarisAnd Varis remains the only exception Every other woman mentioned as existing in the market is a target either of her or of another thief or of a rapist murdererOnce we cross the river into the merchant levels of the city "we get cutthroat merchanting bodyguards paid assassins and some thieves and "get cutthroat merchanting bodyguards paid assassins and some thieves and be rapists of opportunity There s no underworld here but there s a whole lot of what we should have seen as an underworld and while there s a paucity of female characters even compared to the first section Mostly waitresses or prostitutes working in bars at least they re not automatically and all targetsVaris gets hired as a bodyguard here then slowly converted into paid assassin There s an excellent undercurrent to this section where she looks like she s going to be accepted into a family and ou can tell she wants that but it never happens if anything she slides further and further back over time from a possible family member to a mere bodyguard then to a mere tool to useThen and this isn t a spoiler as the first chapter explains it she s been hired to kill the Mistress of the city whom the white fire has driven madSo the entire book and Varis s life history are all leading to and pointing to her meeting with the Mistress the ruler of the city who seems to be madThis book finally passes the Bechdel test on page 349 of 375 There might have been enough dialogue in flashback between Varis and her mother to count ONCE before that And well the Mistress IS mad She s Varis and her mother to count ONCE before that And well the Mistress IS mad She s enough to give Varis a little warning before the spoilery ending stuff but I don t know It felt a bit underwhelming as a scene with the fate of their city state in uestion Oh and the flashbacks that Varis get of centuries of history include et another woman raped and murderedUltimately I think it comes done to only Varis is allowed to be strong AND femaleA pity She was a good character Some of the men around her were interesting characters who needed done with them Erick and William both felt like they could use time Borund was well drawn but used about the right amountSomeone tell me PalmatierTate got better Enough better I won t feel like I want to leave his worlds as fast as possible before someone murders me 12 pages in at the end of the first chapter I found myself already invested in our protagonist This one grabs La Muette you in a hurry and never let s go Read the whole book in one day. Sine an sie heran und bietet ihr Arbeit an Varis soll für das Gute töten Doch was soll sie tun wenn sie erkennt dass selbst in den Guten das Böse woh.