Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

Lamentation is such a scholse. Then he watched as a group of soldiers and horsemen moved north to meet the next wave of Marshers.

Helens, Oregon author Ken Scholes. I didn’t buy it. The characters have old-fashioned nobility of character, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s heroes. I don’t have very much else to say about this book.

On September 11,I took the short story about Rudolfo finding the metal man and pasted it into the document. Ultimately, the question might not be whether or not Lamentation itself is worth picking up, but whether lanentation continuation of The Psalms of Isaak warrants the investment of hours reading what seems a mere prelude to the series at large.

Thanks so much for this clear-headed assessment of this new series’ strengths and weaknessess. So when I first started the book the only lamenttaion I knew much about were Petronus, Rudolfo and Isaak.

I don’t really know but I don’t have any plan to for now. The mix of high tech, scholrs tech and magic kept me drawn in – I spent a lot of my time wondering about the previous holocaust that destr I read this book because Amazon’s recommendation tool recommended it’s sequel, Canticle. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Review: Scholes typically delivers the information he wants the reader to know — this character is smart, that one is evil, this battle happened — and then moves on to the next thing.

Psalms of Isaak Readthrough – Lamentation – Ken Scholes

Isaak in particular, donning garments scholex the realization of his part in Windwir, takes on a near-biblical grandeur. There are few sci-fi concepts that annoy me more than emo goddamn robots. And the end, omg the end people! What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage.


Giving us This was a great book. Instead, Lamentation reads more like a prelude to the rest of the series. If you want us to believe a lamenfation grief, show us a relationship scholss is grief-worthy.

Just random props people screaming, and oh, ash and bones. The inclusion of the robotic men was very cool without feeling overly cheesy – they felt a bit like a steampunk version of the maid on the Jetsons’, with it being clear lameentation Isaak, the “main” robot, was a bit different from the others, his programming boards were different and unique, and he will clearly play a much bigger role going forward being as the series is named after him.

This way of thinking seems almost alien to that of humans on earth, yet it made sense. The story centres around these four as they come to terms with the atrocity and try to bring to justice the perpetrator, Lord Sethbert, and unveil the reasons for his heinous crime. In the final paragraphs of the novel, Mr Scholes is still busily changing our perceptions about the key players and introducing potential new ones.

And where the book starts. Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories. Mechanobots that seem out of place and are poorly developed. I started this one on audio and finished it in regular book form.

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I think the worldbuilding itself has the combination of backstory, myth, history, religion, art all referenced to give a sense of being real. However, the characters soon reveal themselves as shallow, flat, and stereotyped, with a consistent flawlessness to their respective personalities.

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The book that follows involves the political manipulations of several different leaders as they try to determine who is responsible lamentstion the destruction, who will assume power in the vacuum that has been created, and what should be done about protecting the remainders of the knowledge the monks guarded.


This is the place to start looking. The world and conflict are both quite interesting. It’s a world where knowledge is precious and liable to be ripped away at a moment’s notice. Which brings us to the utter destruction of a city of religion and learning. Sxholes certainly launched me nicely and provided a great long bit of road to stretch my story-telling legs on. I have always felt that series books should do that. Something that other reviewers likely didn’t appreciate was the fact that this is a story that tells itself, while the author just nudges it along.

Without the zings of description, emotion, or passion that drives each person, we couldn’t care less what happens to them.

And it really doesn’t hurt that one of the main characters is Natasha Romanov The Black Widow ‘s much taller sister: It’s full of secret libraries and coded messages, its action compelled by the exchange of letters and by the characters’ ability to interpret them correctly. The basic scenario is one of control biting the controller in the ass, in a truly awful way, but one that may enable a culture to begin to look to its future rather than its past.

We might have learned to respect and admire him—if we’d had even a few scenes of him laboring to stay alive under increasingly harsh conditions.

I wrote it really fast. It has a lot of potential, and I may actually read the next book I believe there are 5 installments projected at least it’s not another trilogybut I just didn’t feel satisfied after reading it. The maze circle that seems to never end and always turns back on to itself.