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Antiphon Pros fascinating characters, lots of intrigue, several secrets are revealedCons very slow movingAntiphon begins six months after Canticle ends When an attack rocks the confidence of Rudolfo to keep his lands safe, he and Jin Li Tam make a difficult decision Winteria s still stunned by the revelations of the last book and wonders if there s any hope of returning her people to their former faith in their home seeking Neb discovers blood magicked runners in the wastes who don t die after three Pros fascinating characters, lots of intrigue, several secrets are revealedCons very slow movingAntiphon begins six months after Canticle ends When an attack rocks the confidence of Rudolfo to keep his lands safe, he and Jin Li Tam make a difficult decision Winteria s still stunned by the revelations of the last book and wonders if there s any hope of returning her people to their former faith in their home seeking Neb discovers blood magicked runners in the wastes who don t die after three days and tries to find out who they are Meanwhile, the Antiphon requires and answer, and the metal men search for it in many places.This is a fascinating series, with a lot of intrigue Each book uncoverslayers underpinning the desolation of Windwir There are plots upon plots and secrets within secrets And just when you think you ve gotten to the bottom of one mystery you discover there s an entirely new side to it that reframes what you know.The characters are all great Winters grows a lot in this book, cominginto her own as she questions how to best help her people It s sad but understandable what happens with Rudolfo It was great seeing Vlad Li Tam with an intrigue not worked through his children It was nice getting some answers to questions, even if there may still be hidden nuances and twists to those story threads I d love to learnof the history that s been hinted at with Whym and the wizards I happened upon a short story Scholes wrote about the love affair between Francisco and a mysterious woman A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon , which factors into this novel nicely you can read it on Tor.com s website here.The book is very slow moving with characters mostly getting from point A to point B, both in terms of location as well as with understanding of the underlying purposes of what s been happening these past two years since Windwir fell.I am very interested in seeing where things go from here The book left several characters in fascinating places I really, really wanted this book to shine Unfortunately, it took me almost a year to read it, which says a lot about it I enjoyed books 1 and 2, but not until about the last 60 100 pages did I really feel like this one engaged me.Through most of the book, I felt like nothing was going on, or that I just had no idea what was going on because maybe I didn t get the clues that must have been dropped along the way Plus, too many PoV characters I get one chapter with someone, then am on to the n I really, really wanted this book to shine Unfortunately, it took me almost a year to read it, which says a lot about it I enjoyed books 1 and 2, but not until about the last 60 100 pages did I really feel like this one engaged me.Through most of the book, I felt like nothing was going on, or that I just had no idea what was going on because maybe I didn t get the clues that must have been dropped along the way Plus, too many PoV characters I get one chapter with someone, then am on to the next Maybe I just don t like this style of book, any.Also, what I would have thought would be the centerpiece the action, the spectacles I didn t feel like I got a good image of it Key action especially at the end seemed to take place off screen I didn t get to SEE what I wanted to see I just got a detail or two as other characters thought about other stuff Really disappointing.Not until the end did I feel like the book was working toward something Throughout most of it I had no idea what the point of the book was I think that, if I had known at the start that they were working for X and Y, and that the bad guys were specifically trying to stop X and Y, I would have enjoyed itBut so much is shrouded in secrecy and mystery that I was just left wondering what was going on and why I didn t have a clue about anything I suppose it s fine for the characters to feel like that, but not me, the reader I don t know that keeping me in the dark is worth it, in the end.I may or may not read the next book Probably will There s so much to love in the series I hope the plot doesn t meander, and that the cool stuff isn t glossed over Antiphon by Ken Scholes This is the third book in The Psalms of Isaak series The first book is Lamentation, the second book is Canticle, the fourth book, Requiem, and the fifth book, Hymn, are yet to be released with no set release date at the time of this review Ken Scholes has written only one other novel called Last Flight of the Goddess He has written a number of short stories and even has a book of his collected short fiction called Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Journeys Antiphon Antiphon by Ken Scholes This is the third book in The Psalms of Isaak series The first book is Lamentation, the second book is Canticle, the fourth book, Requiem, and the fifth book, Hymn, are yet to be released with no set release date at the time of this review Ken Scholes has written only one other novel called Last Flight of the Goddess He has written a number of short stories and even has a book of his collected short fiction called Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Journeys Antiphon is published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC under Tor and was first released in hardcover in September 2010.The Named Lands are in chaos The Machtvolk are bringing back powerful blood magick, which is crippling the nations of the Named Lands However, as the nations recover from the sudden reappearance of House Y Zir, a lull in action occurs During this time, the Ninefold Forest is welcoming the marriage of their king, Rudolfo, to Jin Li Tam and their birth of their son Jakob However, the word of House Y Zir is being preached in the Ninefold Forest, stating that young Jakob is the Child of Promise and Jin Li Tam is the Great Mother, ushering in a new time They will do anything to keep them safe Anything Outside the Named Lands, in the Wastes, young Nebios is searching for the Hidden Library and trying to understand the meaning behind the song Little does he know that he is being chased by blood magicked women, bent on stopping him from finding his destiny.Criticisms 1 Nebios Neb was the only character that didn t really seem to grow naturally Instead, he has things happen to him that help him along in his development as a character Sure, the other characters had the same thing happen to them, but with Neb those times seemed to be contrived and poorly planned He doesn t really seem to learn anything from his experiences and he s unhealthy obsession with the song does become a little bothersome at times Also what happens to him at the end really bothered me Honestly, it was really cool, but while I was thinking that, I couldn t help but also think, That s it Really It almost comes out of no where, and it just felt forced and unnatural It s not that he isn t an interesting character, he is It s just that what happens to him in the story just seems thrown together With Neb being this story s focus, I d thought that his growth as a character could have been developed better Praises 1 Main Characters The main characters, for the most part, were wonderful Each character had a unique story with them and really did seem to grow throughout it Even the side characters and bit players were unique and played their roles well Rudolfo s story has him coping with having his wife and new born son leaving for safety and learning that his Ninefold Forest isn t as safe as he once thought His downward spiral into depression was both sad and interesting On the flip side of that, Jin Li Tam didn t really seem to grow very much However, seeing as she was the last book s main focus, it was nice to see her grow into motherhood and understanding what it means to be a queen Petronus is dealing with his new found life and the consequences of it You see him starting to question what he did believe in, along with trying to understand what is happening to him Speaking of questioning their beliefs, the new main character, Charles, was fantastic As the creator of the mechoservitors and Isaak, he starts to see them as his children and himself as a father There were scenes that were very touching and heartfelt between Isaak and him After leaving the Marshfolk and her rulership, Winters is questioning why her people are suddenly turning to the ways of the Machtvolk and their dark rituals We see her trying to understand why while trying to live a new life in the Ninefold Forests Finally we come to Vlad Li Tam After his experience in the previous book, he becomes obsessed with searching for the song he heard underwater We can see his mind slowly going, but we can also see the old Vlad along with that All in all, each character s trails and tribulations really do stand out while reading 2 Themes The themes in the story were really interesting and we have quite a few of them The biggest theme I see is belief vs understanding This is found almost every where in the story The best example is the House Y Zir beliefs vs the Androfrancine Orders views It was interesting to see how each side goes about their own personal beliefs House Y Zir s dark belief system is disturbing, while the Androfrancine views stress understanding over mysticism Then the second biggest theme is once again, family We see how Rudolfo deals with Jin Li Tam and Jakob leaving, Charles coming to understand fatherhood and what it means, Neb s relationship with his father, and Winters dealing with her older sister Ria playing a big part of the story There are other themes present as well mysticism vs machinery, good vs evil, and finding one s path It s also interesting to see how it seems that magic, religion, technology, and mysticism works together The themes were just plain interesting.3 Pacing The pacing for Antiphon is much improved over the previous books slow pacing There still were slower times, but I was very hard pressed to put this book down for too long Things happened faster and it wasn t bogged down in useless information It also helps that I just came from reading Canticle, so I didn t need a lot of background to understand what was going on Side Notes 1 Tears Why is it that everyone, at the drop of a hat, tears up and cries Honestly, it seemed that everyone s eyes started to water every other page That did get annoying.2 House Y Zir Is it just me, or does anyone else absolutely hate House Y Zir I know it s the point we should not trust them, but I surprised myself by hating them as much as I do 3 Cover Art The cover art is disgusting looking The browns are very unappealing and make the cover look gross Although, Neb does have an awesome pose and the art does reflect something that actually happens Overall 5 5Final Thoughts Antiphon is a great book that improves on everything the previous books had against them While Neb didn t really seem to develop every well in my eyes, he was still a great character in a book full of great characters Each character had a unique story and seemed to really develop as the book went on Even the side characters and bit players were wonderful It seemed like everyone had a purpose in Antiphon Also the themes were wonderful anddistinctive The biggest problem with the previous books was the slow pacing they have However, Antiphon never felt slow, and when it did, it picked the pace back up quickly There were times when I didn t want to put the book down for too long However, I would suggest that you have the events and story of Lamentation and Canticle fresh in your mind before diving into Antiphon As for a recommendation, yes This is definitely a book you will enjoy and is worth every penny I struggled with this one mainly due to the fact I still cannot connect with any of the characters and the ongoing cutting of people which I find very disturbing as I do not like violence in any format The thing I found frustrating is the worldbuilding There is so much history of the world, but very little is explained outside of hints via mythology or prophesy I hope this will be resolved in the next book in the series. As always with this series, I was supremely confused until about halfway through when everything started to make sense and I remembered why I was so desperate to hold the next book in my hands the year before The story of this world is really exciting, and nothing like any fantasy I ve ever read before Maybe that s one of the reasons I find it so confusing Other reasons that s just Scholes s style, no exposition BUT I feel like he could work on his description a little I need it to be vivi As always with this series, I was supremely confused until about halfway through when everything started to make sense and I remembered why I was so desperate to hold the next book in my hands the year before The story of this world is really exciting, and nothing like any fantasy I ve ever read before Maybe that s one of the reasons I find it so confusing Other reasons that s just Scholes s style, no exposition BUT I feel like he could work on his description a little I need it to be vivid so that I don t have to read through two hundred pages of story before I can understand an image that occurred on page ten.I d imagine the whole series will read better the second time through, because as is, the whole experience of reading it islike decoding a difficult puzzle than following a narrative worth it if you have the patience to figure it out, completely meaningless if you don t Enjoyed this installment quite a bit as well, although I am getting a bit frustrated at all the mystery and intrigue that keeps growing and growing not that it isn t well done I just want it resolved I felt like it took me a good while to get into the book and to even understand half of the different intrigues and mysteries that were going on, and that when I finally did start to put the pieces together, the book ended without getting satisfaction as to what was going to happen to all partie Enjoyed this installment quite a bit as well, although I am getting a bit frustrated at all the mystery and intrigue that keeps growing and growing not that it isn t well done I just want it resolved I felt like it took me a good while to get into the book and to even understand half of the different intrigues and mysteries that were going on, and that when I finally did start to put the pieces together, the book ended without getting satisfaction as to what was going to happen to all parties But that s ok, I know there are twobooks to come, and I am confident that Ken will reveal all in good time I like how the stakes keep getting higher and higher both for the individual characters as well as to the World As We Know It I also really am enjoying the character development and nuancing of all the principal POV characters, though of them all I think Petronus got somewhat short shrift Things are still a bit bloody for my taste, though it s well written and germane to the story enough to make me keep reading despite the yuck factor I m ready for the next one NOWI m afraid I will have forgotten a lot of the detail of the intrigues and mysteries from this one by the time the next one is out But I suppose that s my own problem A great return to form after a realtively disappointing book two Much wider in scope than the last book, with a compelling narrative A fun read. Nothing is as it seems to beThe ancient past is not dead The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to control the magick and technology that they sought to understand and claim for their ownNebios, the boy who watched the destruction of the city of Windwir, now runs the vast deserts of the world, far from his beloved Marsh Queen He is being hunted by strange women warriors, while his dreams are invaded by warnings from his dead fatherJin Li Tam, queen of the Ninefold Forest, guards her son as best she can against both murderous threats, and the usurper queen and her evangelists They bring a message Jakob is the child of promise of their Gospel, and the Crimson Empress is on her wayAnd in hidden places, the remnants of the Androfrancine order formulate their response to the song pouring out of a silver crescent that was found in the wastes The Named Lands continue to suffer tumults in the aftermath of the rise of the Machtvolk and the birth of Rudolfo and Jin s son, who it is prophesied will save the world Vlad s quest to unearth the true nature of the threat to the Named Lands leads him deep into the equatorial oceans and a startling discovery, whilst deep in the Churned Wastes Nebios discovers the path to his true destiny, and a fateful encounter with the enigmatic antiphon.Antiphon is the third and middle volume of Ken Scholes The Named Lands continue to suffer tumults in the aftermath of the rise of the Machtvolk and the birth of Rudolfo and Jin s son, who it is prophesied will save the world Vlad s quest to unearth the true nature of the threat to the Named Lands leads him deep into the equatorial oceans and a startling discovery, whilst deep in the Churned Wastes Nebios discovers the path to his true destiny, and a fateful encounter with the enigmatic antiphon.Antiphon is the third and middle volume of Ken Scholes five volume Psalms of Isaak series and suffers acutely from middle volume syndrome There s an enormous number of scenes where people sit around and talk about the plot or, ratheroddly, stand around and have lengthy internal monologues about the plot rather than getting on with business There s also a continuation and indeed expansion of the number of scenes where people in the know about what s going on stand around and make smug, enigmatic pronouncements about events and the clueless protagonists refuse to ask what is going on If Scholes had become a screenwriter, he d have made an excellent addition to the Lost writer s room.On the plus side, several of the characters continue to be engaging not Rudolfo or Jin this time around, as they are both pretty inert for most of the narrative, one startling moment for Rudolfo aside , most notably Winters whose character arc is the only one in the book which has sense of momentum and vigour to it Isaak, somewhat under used in the previous volume despite giving the series its name, also hasto do this time around, which is welcome There are also several moments where Scholes writing comes alive and gives us brief bursts of awed wonder of the kind that SF and fantasy can do so well most notably one sequence involving a ladder.Unfortunately, these moments are few and far between Scholes is aiming for something different andinteresting than the traditional fantasy series here, and his ideas are excellent The problem is that the execution and writing is frequently lacklustre and occasionally even skirts the edge of being bland Considering the solid pace of the previous two volumes, all the character naval gazing that goes in this book still only 370 pages long also bogs down the narrative at the moment it should be gearing up to deliver us down the home straight of the final two books to the conclusion.Antiphon remains engaging enough for fans of the previous two books to enjoy, but the series feels like it s running out of steam I hope this is just a teething issue and Scholes will return strongly in Requiem The book will be published in the United States on 14 September 2010 It took me a while to get into this.I read the second book 5 years ago Book 3 was a blur It was hard to connect and make sense of especially when reviews of this epic series are so less Why internet, why After a lot of searching and I really mean a lot, I went back to this and for the third time, Ken Scholes blew me away.Book 1 and Book 2 were fun This was a revelation of sorts The bigger picture is still unknown but what was once myths and legends slowly turned into practicality and logic It took me a while to get into this.I read the second book 5 years ago Book 3 was a blur It was hard to connect and make sense of especially when reviews of this epic series are so less Why internet, why After a lot of searching and I really mean a lot, I went back to this and for the third time, Ken Scholes blew me away.Book 1 and Book 2 were fun This was a revelation of sorts The bigger picture is still unknown but what was once myths and legends slowly turned into practicality and logic The use of magiks and technology is a deadly combo especially when you have a nomadic army, invisible scouts, metal men, blood sacrifices and treasure troves of legends in the deserts.The desolation of Windwir began the series By book 3, we are getting to know why exactly someone annihilated an entire city and a race of people Meanwhile, the canticle is still singing or ringing is it Music people can hear The music they hear in dreams Music metal servitors hear I must be mad but I stopped wondering what that it could be I just know it sings and it requires an answer Halfway down book 3, I ve fairly grasped the ongoings of the book The Named Lands are in danger Grave, grave danger Neb, the boy who witnessed the fall of Windwir finds himself in the Churning Wastes, a vast desert hunted by strange women under abnormal magiks Isaak is in the Named Lands, dreaming about a song It s a compelling book, making you fall in love with the characters over and over again We see a hint of a bigger plot withandimpossibilities coming to a fruition The Watcher and the Crimson Princess Who are they and what do they have to with a race of people that came out of nowhere The Named Lands face a threat never envisioned before And within the Named Lands, there is treachery in plenty Rudolfo and Jin Li Tam face the threat for their baby while the world slowly moves towards its impending destruction


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