Okay so. I finished Mage’s Blood. And… I liked it, but something stuck out to me. And looking at the amazon reviews, I wasn’t the only one that noticed.
David Hair does a lot of good character work, magic work, and plot work here, that is commendable and enjoyable.
The problem is… well.
Let me just quote a poster here:
… Here’s what bothered me about it: the countries and the cultures of the book bear a striking similarity to real-world cultures, primarily those of the Indian subcontinent and Middle East. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but it’s the WAY he does it that really irks me. It doesn’t come across as an homage or even artistic inspiration…it comes across more like historical plagiarism. You can really see it in the names of places, such as Hebusalim, which you can really read as Jerusalem, and is also evident in words and phrases, such as Ramita’s “bindu” mark on her forehead, which is clearly a traditional Indian bindi, just with one letter changed. It reeks of lazy-author syndrome…
And that’s really, all the bad things I COULD say about this book. I honestly think David Hair wanted to write a book about the 3rd crusades, but with magic, and somehow slip India in there somehow, and got lazy halfway through and didn’t bother changing a lot of the names and such.
I know in the acknowledgements he says he had people help him do research. I just wish his editor sat him down and told him that he shouldn’t be this blatant and to rework, or reimagine some of these things. Instead of going for authenticity, go for a flavouring.
Anyway, since it’s Spoopy season, I’ve switched gears slightly doing some horror.
I started Fevre Dream by George R.R Martin, which will be the second of his books on this list.
Holy shit, I just noticed I’m 3 books behind!! I gotta catch up in a big way!
- Throne of the Crescent Moon; Saladin Ahmed
- The Spirit Thief; Rachel Aaron
- The Spirit Rebellion; Rachel Aaron
- The Spirit Eater; Rachel Aaron
- Promise of Blood; Brian McClellan
- The Spirit War; Rachel Aaron
- Spirits End; Rachel Aaron
- The Dwarves; Markus Heitz
- Broken Blade; Kelly McCullough
- A Dance of Cloaks; David Dalglish
- Crewel Lye; Piers Anthony
- Path of Anger; Antoine Rouaud
- Miserere: An Autumn Tale; Teresa Frohock
- The Eye of the World; Robert Jordan
- Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It; David M. Ewalt
- Stormcaller; Tom Lloyd
- Knife Sworn; Mazarkis Williams
- The Daylight War; Peter V Brett
- A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent; Marie Brennan
- Blood Song; Anthony Ryan
- Dance of Blades; David Dalglish
- Gallow: The Crimson Shield; Nathan Hawke
- Heartwood; Freya Robertson
- Blood’s Pride; Evie Manieri
- Dragon’s Gold; Piers Anthony, Robert E. Margroff
- The Lies of Locke Lamora; Scott Lynch
- Dying of the Light; George R. R. Martin
- The Black Prism; Brent Weeks
- The Blinding Knife; Brent Weeks
- Ender’s Game; Orson Scott Card
- The Prince of Fools; Mark Lawrence
- The Palace Job; Patrick Weekes
- Imager; L.E. Modesitt Jr.
- The Broken Eye; Brent Weeks
- The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent; Marie Brennan
- Going Postal; Terry Pratchett
- Mage’s Blood; David Hair