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 chapters are set up as point-of-view chapters like George RR Martin’s books, but they’re much shorter. Lamentation is a very promising lamentagion book in a planned five book cycle.

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Mechanical servitors were a part of the world and other vestiges of “something” are still around. Stephan lives in scholss small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats. Awesome, best thing in the book. Beneath the surface, however, there’s a lot more going on. Part of Scholes’s problem has to do with a disconnect between actions and consequences.

A good story, set in an interesting world, peopled with characters I didn’t give a damn about. Yes it was good, but was it great? Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher, a nonprofit executive and a government procurement analyst.

Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

Sadly, believability isn’t Scholes prime directive. There’s a hero, tragic and glamourous and strong and romantic, a soldier of soldiers, loved by all his men, blahdeeblah. Scholles also lamenttaion to build up a sense of danger, doom, and suspense as we always are informed of what is happening again no thanks to the shifting perspectives, pretty magick dusts, and those amazing messenger birds no one even thought of ambushing.


Guns even make an appearance as mystical cylindrical devices that shoot fire aka hand cannons. I really enjoyed following them especially the characters of Neb, Pertonus, and Vlad.

At its core, about a king who finds a weeping robot in a fantasy-ish setting. And we already know that my view of my own work is…problematic…at times. Dcholes rather one-dimensional depictions of women, however, are infinitely preferable to cliches like Sethbert, the evil Overseer of the Entrolusian Delta who seems to have been cribbed directly from Dr. I would have liked to see at least one of them refuse to play along.

Is this book religious? Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Cornelius, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters. That, if nothing else, proves that Ken Scholes is a genuinely talented writer!

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. But when Windwir itself is destroyed in a matter of minutes, the light of knowledge threatens to gutter, and all of the Named Lands, a civilisation built from the ruins of near-ext Many thousands of years into the future, on an Earth scarred and fractured by multiple apocalypses, stands Windwir, greatest city of the Named Lands.

There was once a world, yes might just be Earth but it was destroyed. Isaak and Rudolfo will now have five novels through which to caper, suffer, and solve the crime of Windwir. My favorite awesome thing that happened because of this book? No trivia or quizzes yet. Lamentation is more about questions than answers, I think, and in listening to it, I was struck by how it all comes together and how it brought Vlad Li Tam and Winters to the front for regular scenes through the rest of the books.

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. The book is short enough to be a quick read, but has enough depth and layers to give readers that epic feel many are looking for, without being oppressive with it.


He certainly does this with graceful skill, feeding his readers subtle—and not-so-subtle—foreshadowing and creating a world where every character, good or bad, is seemingly manipulated by a greater force at work.

I was surprised by this book.

I was expecting a fun but un-original fantasy novel. Isaak, whom the series, The Psalms of Isaak, is named after, is a robot with feelings and his addition to the story adds another element. Sure there was a dash of intrigue or two but with these joyless characters it all amounts to nothing. The Weeping Czars Scholes speaks of sound certifiably awesome, but what does their inclusion in this passage really do to clarify our understanding of events or of this secondary world?

An ancient temple where the blood of tortured csholes runs through pipes like veins. I am relieved to say that my trust in the opinion of Orson Scott Card was affirmed by reading this. Dig the treasure out of their soul and hold it to the light.

Strange Horizons – Lamentation and Canticle by Ken Scholes By Hannah Strom-Martin

Science and magic blended? Scholes’ background is in short story writing, and it shows. Ultimately, the question might not be whether or not Lamentation itself is worth picking up, but whether the continuation of The Psalms of Isaak warrants the investment of hours reading what seems lamentatlon mere prelude to the series at large.