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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Review: The Lost Steersman

The Lost Steersman is Rosemary Kirstein's third book about her fantasy universe which is really set far in the future, after an unknown form of environmental catastrophe has hit the planet.

As with a lot of science fiction, the characters really are wooden. In particular, the protagonist, Rowan, seems all too easily deceived, despite her previous experiences. And after the build up of the past two novels, we're hoping to get some resolution to many of the questions --- what are the wizards, and why did they do what they do? What are the demons? Are they robots? How did the steerswomen get founded.

One of those questions gets answered, but not very well, and and the others --- let's just say that at this point, I feel like Kirstein is dragging this out to be a fifty book series --- the reveals are coming way too slowly for the overall plot to move very fast and for reader satisfaction.

I will probably read the next book in the series, but only by checking it out from the library.

1 comment:

bawa said...

I started the series after reading your review of the 1st one and am enjoying it so far. I rather enjoy the slower pace of these books as compared to some others: things like that when people travel, it actually takes a long time given their modes of transport, etc.

I just read that there are a total of 7 books in the plan, and at the pace she writes, I hope she gets to finish them before I drop from this world! I hope the rumour is wrong.

I also read the Recluce series after reading your review -enjoyed it- but have stopped at 5: it is getting repetitive (all that hard work!) and contrary to Kirstein, the guy seems to have churned them out by the dozen...