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The Ninth Rain de Jen Williams
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The Ninth Rain (2017)

de Jen Williams

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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine. When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza 'Vintage' de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind. But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure'lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall.… (més)
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The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy 1) de Jen Williams (2017)

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The blurb for this book is very accurate as to the tone and feel of the book. It has all those epic fantasy tropes – a once great civilisation fallen to ruin, a loner adventure – but then it undercuts that with the “talk about a guilt trip” and introduces a more real grounded feel to the story, plus a bit of humour. And if I had to describe The Ninth Rain in a few words, then epic fantasy with added humour, would certainly be a large part of it.

There is also plenty of action and swordplay, plus magic and witches, peril and adventure. It’s proper heroic fantasy, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. In other words, it is a really entertaining read.

I’ve read the first two books in Williams’ first series The Copper Cat trilogy and I will get to the final one. I did order it in the library, but I think the suppliers’ must have forgotten about it. I’ll have to follow up soon. I really enjoyed those books, but I think this is a step up for Williams. It feels much more of page-turner, and I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions. Noon especially I loved. But Vintage! I love this new development of epic fantasy having older women as heroes. We’ve had so many men who might be past their “prime” as heroes in popular culture, but very few women of a similar age. They still aren’t hugely numerous, but there was Kate Elliott’s Black Wolves had now this. More please.1 . It’d be nice if this was a trend that more stories took note of. Women don’t just disappear when they turn 262 .

I also really enjoyed the worldbuilding, the elvish/vampire culture that makes Ebora is really interesting, and gives a real sense of history to Williams’ creation. The Winnowry are pure evil, but also so believable, and somewhat understandable3 in a horrible way.

All in all The Ninth Rain certainly lived up to the pull quotes on the cover, as SFX said "A fresh take on classic tropes". Now I just have to wait for book two, and it doesn’t even have a publication date, this is the trouble with reading newly published books, but it is a problem I’m glad to have. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
This book has everything I want from a fantasy novel: a unique world, with well developed historical and geographical information that adds to the plot; interesting characters; suspense; a bloodthirsty and mysterious enemy force and giant, furry bats. There is also some cool magic that I am keen to learn more about.

Very excited for the next one!

Ratings:- ★★★★ ( )
  ShreyasDeshpande | Oct 24, 2020 |
“’I’m fine,’ she said again, her whole body shaking. She reached out a hand to the plants growing in their neat rows and saw with wonder that she had slumped next to a tomato plant. There were tomatoes growing on it, tight in their skins and perfectly red. After A moment, she reached out a trembling hand and plucked one from its stem, jerking a little as she did so. […]”

In “The Ninth Rain” by Jen Williams.

A tomato?

The great city of Ebora didn’t seem so alien after all…If I were reading a physical book, this would probably be the only book that I’d purposefully abandon at a train station, hoping that it would go to some "Lost Items" limbo. I'm an old-school SF fan, and I hate the way the SF shelves in the bookshops are increasingly dominated by great slabs of swords'n'sorcery, usually endless volumes of the same stuff by the same author, like they're paid by the meter. And the covers are astonishingly awful - like SF covers were in about 1968. Yech. My point is that the fantastic genre has always been with us ever since the first bard sat at the hearth and sang his songs. Think of the Greek heroic myths - Odysseus, Theseus et al and the Celtic tales of magic and questing knights. Today's SF literature is just a continuation of what is hardwired into our psyches. By contrast Dr. Who for instance just doesn't cut it. I can remember when the Daleks looked like giant pepper pots that threatened to knock over the flimsy stage scenery every time they were on the warpath. I thought it was daft then and I haven't changed my opinion. “The Ninth Rain” is also daft epic fantasy. At the end of the day, what is important in literature is having something interesting to say and being able to say it well. The genre, really, is just scenery. And add only that a genre is more implicated in an author's choices than "just scenery", but not so much that compelling, well-written stories aren't plentiful, or at least "findable", in almost any genre I've tried. And don’t start with same all story that all Fantasy is crap. Two names: George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson. Martin is a swords-n-dragon’s medievalist, and Erikson is, over 1000s of pages, uneven (there are parts that, for me, drag), but they're fine writers with smart ideas, good sentences (sometimes), characters and plots with plenty of unpredictable 'reality'. Jen Williams milks the same epic fantasy field others have already milked more successfully; it's the usual story of “Horrible Things from the Other Side” trying to break through and destroy everything, but unfortunately she hasn’t got the knack for writing both memorable characters and good action scenes; it's all very fluffy, too. Going from the evil priestess/sexy seraglio girl of the Conan series, to Melanie Rawn's vision of a matriarchal world (“The Ruins of Ambrai”) and Erikson's female marines, Lady Vincenza 'Vintage' de Grazon just seems odd even in a fantasy context. With fantasy, in this day and age, one either has the choice of a Tolkien rip-off or a bloviated, multi-volume saga that goes seemingly nowhere a la Robert Jordan. Yet sometimes from the past comes a true gem like the Fahferd and Grey Mouser series by Fritz Leiber and all is well once again with fantasy. One can only hope that more in this vein will out and not the crap like the one I’ve just read.

SF = Speculative Fiction. ( )
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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine. When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza 'Vintage' de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind. But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure'lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall.

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