Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. 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. 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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I delayed reading this series until the third book was out, and it seems the initial buzz has scholex 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 picked up a few places during that rather complex trial scene where there were some POV violations despite how many times I went over it. I read this book because Amazon’s recommendation tool recommended it’s sequel, Canticle.

Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

Having a couple of characters stand off to the side and comment as armies clash instead of having said characters clash themselves is hardly a recipe for success in a genre that thrives on believable depictions of physical conflict.

I needed to do that in order to outrun my fear of novels. I loved this story, there’s always a mystery to figure out. Instead, Lamentation reads more like a prelude to the rest of the series.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. There was once a world, yes might just be Earth but it was destroyed. Canticle is also a book of breathtaking set-pieces: Gradually, Scholes uses a smaller plot to establish a much bigger plot—a plot that never comes to fruition in this book. A brief sampling from the first page of Canticle: And I really want to know about the Old World! Why should you read this book? 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.

Kdn that this makes any sense whatsoever, but I kept wishing Scholes had handed his world and story over to Kay. So 5-star review and a sleepless night is a big deal. 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 lamenttion.


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The second biggest shortcoming in the book, I think, is probably also part of its strength. Lamentation is such a book. I felt that what the story was schles about is how cataclysm changes people.

This includes me and Mr Scott Card. And it really doesn’t hurt that one of the main characters is Natasha Romanov The Black Widow ‘s much taller sister: Discovered prostrate in the ruins of the smoking city, the guilt-ridden Isaak agrees to help his rescuer, the gypsy king Rudolpho, discover the real culprit for the crime. Scholes draws fascinating characters–for instance a gypsy forest king, a clever consort, a mechanical man finding sentience, a young monk buried in survivor’s guilt, and a leader who walked away from his power.

Instead of being the author of a great epic in Lamentation, Scholes becomes a chess player, moving all his pieces into their necessary positions for the rest of the series.


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 the high times of the Aes Sedai was fantastic, but I still gave up in book 8.

Give me anything other than crying lamentatino. Hardcoverpages.

This, we sense, is where Scholes has been going all along: Part of scholse wants to never cause harm to another. As a first novel goes, I can be proud of it and pleased with it. Will read the next one when it come lamengation in October. Kamentation book is still rather convoluted and dry. Some escaped the Wastelands to the New World and built a life there.

In terms of world-building, it reminded me a bit of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. The heart of the story is still the same and the full, unaltered text of “Metal Men” still exists, redistributed across the first few chapters of Lamentation in all its beguiling beauty.

One star off for sscholes narrators just a little too frequently; for needing just a little more action, a little less intrigue; and for a little bit too strong of a much-more-is-yet-to-come cliffhanger ending, but don’t let that stop you from trying a talented new voice in fantasy. I got to hoping lamentatjon a character might fail a skill check at some point: Daley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Over lanentation last several months [Neb had] commanded a camp of gravediggers, presided over discipline, even buried some of their own dead when the war crossed into their work.

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This is the first in a series of five, and I’ll definitely pick up the rest as they come out. That made it different. The inclusion of the robotic men was very cool without feeling overly cheesy – they felt a bit like a steampunk version of the maid on the Jetsons’, with it being clear that Isaak, the “main” robot, was a bit different from the others, his programming boards were different and unique, and he will clearly play a much bigger role going forward being as the series is named after him.

I just didn’t feel it. Also, you know what?

In fact, I have no spare lamentatjon — running this site IS my spare time! I cribbed that story about a habitable moon and a Moon Wizard and turned it into the mythology of the Psalms of Isaak. Just random props people screaming, and oh, ash and bones.

Then, without an outline and with only the vaguest sense of a war over Windwir erupting and culminating in a war crimes trial, I schloes writing. The chapters are set up as point-of-view chapters like George RR Martin’s books, but they’re much shorter. So I told my friends over on Facebook that I would put up a post once I finished my re-read of Lamentation.

Will I follow it up? In LamentationScholes stock traits substitute for personality. After the too-polite Lamentationthe torrent of violence unleashed in Canticle feels a tad extreme—we get massacres, blood-soaked dream sequences, and psychotic “magicked” assassins all before page fifty—yet upping the ante also ups the intensity of the story and our ability to empathize with the slowly coalescing central cast.

Ken lamentatino a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters.

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.

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