Site Columns By Lisa
June 17, 2001 - 5:33 PM

Hello World!

I've just finished a really really good book by my favourite writer.

Due to the wonders of the internet, I was able to grab myself a copy of the US edition ofThe Cycle of Fire Trilogy by Janny Wurts, published together in one volume. Like all of Wurt's books I've read, I could hardly put the thing down.

This author writes with a lyrical quality that's a joy to read. Every page drips with richly spun images and carefully crafted lyrical touches. She writes fantasy the way it should be written, with clear enthusiasm for the genre rather than the disdain that shows through the works of many others. Rather than use a variation on the tired 'lost heir seeks inheritance' theme, her plots are always complex and finely honed. The smallest detail she describes might come back to have greater significance later; like the an elegant description of a prince's nimble fingers as a clue to his future musical talents.

One detail I always enjoy is the way the author describes spell casting. There's no waving of a wand or clicking of fingers in Wurts-Magic, but pages and pages of intense description. An enchanter really has to work at his craft, weaving his spells into a complex form that practically leaps off the page with power.

Her characters are just as complex as the plots. Rather than show a stumbling barbarian who whips out his sword and kills without feeling or remorse, Wurts allows her readers to see what truly drives her characters and governs their reactions. She writes characters so alive I'm continually amazed they exist in two dimensional form.

I can hardly wait for the next Janny Wurts book, which will be the next installment in her epic Wars of Light and Shadow series. It's going to be titled 'Peril's Gate' and a glance at Amazon seems to indicate we Brits will see it in book shops before the usually more fortunate Americans.

This writer enthralls me.

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