Sometimes, I receive a book in the mail that just comes at exactly the right time. There's something I've had a bit too much of in recent books, and that is boys. For quite a while, I've been reading novels that feature an endless parade of boys.
- Kvothe - The Name of the Wind (for most of the book)
- Neb - Lamentation
- Arlen - The Warded Man (for most of the book)
- Pazel - The Red Wolf Conspiracy
- Tick - The Hunt for Dark Infinity
- Brian - Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom
- Eddie La Crosse - The Sword-Edged Blonde
- Marlowe - The Mirrored Heavens
- Royce and Hadrian - The Crown Conspiracy
To be specific, I'm craving a story about a grown men where he is the point-of-view character. Written by a male author. That isn't too gritty.
Of the aforementioned boys, I did get to read about Arlen when he was grown up, but by then he was . . . well . . . painted. And he subsequently lost a bit of his humanity. For a while, anyway. Kvothe is a man at the beginning of the story--and is very interesting--but then we spend most of his story in his boyhood. And Marlowe . . . well, I don't want to give it away. Royce and Hadrian were part of a plot-driven story, and we didn't spend a lot of time in their heads, except toward the excellent ending.
Anyway, about the well-timed review copy. Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont arrived in the mail last week, and check out part of the blurb:
Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. Each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond …
Promising! I also have Winterbirth, and Kat from Fantasy Literature has set aside her copy of The First Law trilogy for me (we're local to each other, so we do book exchanges). That ought to keep me for a while.
Anyway, I understand that the coming-of-age story is very popular in fantasy literature. But they always seem to involve boys. A couple of popular and fairly recent exceptions are Kristen Britain's Green Rider series, and Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody, both which I read.
As an adult person, I like reading about adults at least half the time. And right now, I'm in the mood to read about a guy. Preferably older than 30, but I'll take a twentysomething if I must. I'm really looking forward to reading The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham because I'll get to read about my favorite character--Dariel--as a grown man (hopefully) while he explores the Other Lands in the title. I'm also anticipating Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe.
All this got me to thinking; how many fantasy novels can you think of--besides urban fantasies and paranormal romance--that features grown women? They've got to be out there, but I've only had my head in debuts lately, and I can only think of a few--Carole McDonnell's Wind Follower, Jo Graham's Black Ships, and Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, which I have but have not read yet.
What is your favorite novel about grown-ups, either men or woman?