Hello people! How are you? And how is your week going? I hope you all are safe and happy! This is my first post of December, and I am constantly wondering where all the rest of the year has gone! Anyway, I am back with a review, for a very peculiar book!
Title: The Seventh Perfection
Author: Daniel Polansky
Page Count: 176
Daniel Polansky returns with The Seventh Perfection, an innovative, mind-bending fantasy mystery
When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her.
To become the God-King’s Amanuensis, Manet had to master all seven perfections, developing her body and mind to the peak of human performance. She remembers everything that has happened to her, in absolute clarity, a gift that will surely drive her mad. But before she goes, Manet must unravel a secret which threatens not only the carefully prepared myths of the God-King’s ascent, but her own identity and the nature of truth itself.
I discovered this book thanks to the book community and I was really curious about it, but it was somehow strange… On one hand I was curious, because I read some really interesting things about it (and the idea of it was too intriguing to resist), on the other hand I was a bit skeptical because I knew that as far as enjoyment goes this probably wasn’t the right book for me. And you know what?
I was right, but I am grateful nonetheless to have discovered and read this book. Sure, if we mind only the enjoyment then it was mediocre, I should rate it 3 stars, because if we speak about that and only that this wasn’t a bad read but it wasn’t so good either. But… Yes, this is the strange part and a big but. I was intrigued by it. And fascinated.
We met some interesting characters, and I wish we could know more about them, because they had so much potential! The halflings, for example, were peculiar and I really wanted to spend more time with them (even if this could be a headache inducing thing!), and I wanted to know more about The Crone and Sweetness. This pair was creepy but so promising! And the best part is that we manage to meet a lot of different characters, every one of them with a voice and a distinct personality, but we never get to see them, or to knew something about them, if not what we learned from their words.
Because this book is one side of a dialogues, but we never get the whole dialogues or the whole picture. We get to read what the different characters answer to our protagonist, but we don’t get the question and we don’t get anything outside the talk. We don’t have descriptions, we don’t have part with actions. We just get words. And yet with these words we get to discover a new world, a mystery, a lore, interesting people and more. Because even with speeches and nothing else we get action, too. And some twists and turns. It was just so intriguing!
Being able to piece together what happened, and who our main character is, and how this world works, with his society, his history and his uniqueness, only from the talk of unknown people is so satisfying. Action was unexpected. I mean, our MC goes around with questions (some dangerous ones) and we see only the answers she get, the babbling of people who may be a tad reluctant to share their truth with someone else, or the recounting of a past that is long gone, so yeah, action is not in the picture, right? Well, sorry my friends. It is wrong! The author manage to move forward his plot, and we get some action too. It was unexpected, yes, and it was fantastic.
And another thing I wasn’t expecting is… This book is sci-fi! Yes, it is quite a subtle thing, it is not on the “heavy side” of sci-fi, but it is there. And it was surprising! We have a fascinating world-building, and we don’t get to see enough of it. All thing considered this book was an unique experience, and I ended the reading satisfied because, even if I wasn’t really hooked up and completely immersed in it, I had the satisfaction of reading something that is amazingly well done. This was not an easy feat, to make a complete picture showing only a small part of it. And yet we have something wholesome and astounding. It is not the kind of book I would read every day for the rest of my life, but it is a book that deserves to be read, appreciated and loved, because the author with this work was masterful. And it is something unique and captivating!
What about you? Have you read this book? Or other books by this author? Let me know!!