It’s Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.
Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure-complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand.
The Scroll of Years will capture readers with it’s beautiful literary writing style and witty characters. Have you ever wanted to read a fantasy set in an Eastern / Asian culture inspired setting? I know I always love it when I come across a fantasy book that has unexpected splashes of Asian cultures rather than the typical western cultures that I see so frequently. Thankfully with this book you get a wonderful mix of both because Gaunt and Bone are on the run from the West into the East.
They must have pissed off someone in high places because there are some pretty wicked assassins after this couple and they’ve got to stay several steps ahead especially considering Persimmon Gaunt is pregnant! I don’t even remember the last time where I read a book where one of the lead characters is pregnant! It made for some interesting situations.
It took me 43 pages to get sucked into The Scroll of Years – mostly because the writing style is something I had to adjust to. But once the teenage characters Next-One-A-Boy and Flybait come on the seen I was hooked. Next-One-A-Boy is most definitely a girl and she doesn’t want anyone to forget it. Resourceful and determined, she left home and doesn’t ever plan on going back. So how does a young girl survive on her own? Why by joining up with the local bandits of course!
Really it was Next-One-A-Boy and Flybait that had me loving this book more than anything. I think perhaps its because I felt we got to know them throughout the story whereas with Guant and Bone I think we were expected to be acquainted with them already. This might in part be due to Gaunt and Bone originally being the leads in several short stories by this author before debuting in here in their first novel.
Regardless, when you threw this group together this book was an amazing combination of heartache, discovery, life lessons and hope. Oh yes and did I mention funny?