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Originally posted at mmarques.vox.com on Sep 11, 2006

I expected to love Blood and Iron. I loved Elizabeth Bear's science fiction trillogy (</i>Hammered</i>, Scardown, Worldwired) so much that I gave it as a gift to several people. And I love urban fantasy.

Unfortunately, I didn't love Blood and Iron. The story was interesting, and the characters intriguing. But somehow they just didn't grip me. Only in a few places (mostly in the final 25%) did I care so much that I couldn't stop reading.

Blood and Iron is about the ongoing war between fairy and humankind, and about key emotionally damaged people involved in this war. Part urban fantasy, part twisted Arthurian legend, it twists everything fairy into it's own story.

I think the problem was that I didn't care much about the main character (Elaine Andraste) until far into the book. For much of the book, I didn't see her as having a goal or a specific problem to overcome.

But it is quite cool what Elizabeth Bear does with fairy tales, especially with the Arthurian legend. I might check out the next book in this series, Whiskey and Water, because the implied main character of that book already intrigues me. And I'll definitely pick up her next science fiction - Carnival.

[Update on September 2, 2010: I ended up enjoying Whiskey and Water, although not so much the Whiskey character for most of the book. I adored Carnival.]



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Sep. 5th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
For some reason Blood and Iron/Whiskey and Water/Hell and Earth don't appeal to me whatsoever,

However I loved "By The Mountain Bound" and will be getting "All The Windwracked Stars" and "The Sea Thy Mistress".

Funny how these things go sometimes.
Sep. 5th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Elizabeth Bear takes a different approach in each of her series and stand-alone books, so it's not so surprising that not everything will appeal to you.
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