eBook Roil ePub

by Trent Jamieson

eBook Roil ePub
Author: Trent Jamieson
Language: English
ISBN: 0857661833
ISBN13: 978-0857661838
Publisher: Angry Robot (September 1, 2011)
Pages: 432
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 858
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ePub file: 1590 kb
Fb2 file: 1182 kb

The Nightbound Land, Book 1. Trent Jamieson. That the city of Tate could have survived its absorption by the Roil was unthinkable. That Shale lost its brightest minds in the Penns was an absolute tragedy.

The Nightbound Land, Book 1. The Penns, though, had never been popular leaders outside their city, seen in the north by Confluents as too much in their sympathies like Engineers, and by the Engineers as far too much like Confluents. It could be argued that little effort was expended by the three Allied Metropolises of the North to aid their southern cousin, and that all parties were complicit in it.

The conclusion of the Night-Bound Land duology. The Roil has not yet been defeated - and the Roil extends its grip on Shale, following the commands of the Dreaming Cities. Doomsday weapons employed. e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-188-3. Trent Jamieson is an Australian Fantasy writer, and winner of two Aurealis Awards, whose Death Most Definite series is being published by Orbit and is attracting rave notices.

Trent Jamieson is an Australian writer of speculative fiction. In 2003 Jamieson was nominated for the Ditmar Award for best professional achievement but lost to Jonathan Strahan. In 2005 Jamieson won the Aurealis Award for best science fiction short story with his story "Slow and Ache". In 2008 he won his second Aurealis Award.

Trent Jamieson is a science fiction and fantasy writer.

Trent Jamieson is a science fiction and fantasy writer Trent . .

Trent Jamieson is well known in speculative fiction circles as a significant talent . Jamieson has created an incredibly interesting and complex world in this book. It is one of the most interesting worlds I have ever read about

Trent Jamieson is well known in speculative fiction circles as a significant talent, writing beautifully crafted tales that often have a baroque sensibility and resonate on an emotional level. It is one of the most interesting worlds I have ever read about. The world is being taken over by the Roil; think of it kind of as The Nothing in The Neverending Story, but rather than being full of nothing it is a huge hot darkness full of nightmarish creatures.

Shale is in trouble - the creature-filled darkness known as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land, swallowing cities whole. Where once there were 12 metropolises, now only 4 remain. It's up to a drug addict, an old man and a woman bent on revenge to try to save their city - and the world. File Under: Fantasy [ End Of The World - The Darkness Approaches - Addiction - On The Edge ] e-book ISBN: 9780857661852
The Dark Bound Lands: Roil, written by Trent Jamieson, wonderfully creates a steampunk/fantasy hybrid setting in which the story plays out. The titular Roil is a vast, dark cloud which slowly encompasses the planet lying within its shadow, bringing with it hideous, fantastical monsters that act as soldiers for the Roil. To combat these monsters, soldiers use modified endothermic weaponry, instead of the standard exothermic used in the real world. "Name an engine that hasn't ruined us. I dare you. But of course you cannot. Our relationship with machines has always been...complicated." At first there are not too many scientific advances in this book, the initial antagonists in the beginning are armed with nothing but knives, but before long it starts throwing fairly unique concepts at the reader such as an entire city being air conditioned to defend against the Roil. Later, it introduces the concept of sentient aerial vehicles, somehow grown biologically, yet still in many ways working as a machine. However, technology is never the primary focus of Roil. The story follows the path of three characters who try and combat the threat to their planet: An opiate addicted teenager, a mysterious old man afflicted with longevity, and a young woman whose city has recently been destroyed by the Roil.
Trent Jamieson is a 39-year-old Australian writer of short stories and science fiction. He published his first short story in 1999 in Eidolon magazine, starting his career in science fiction and fantasy writing. He later went on to win two Aurealis awards, before publishing his first novel in 2010. Roil, released August 2011, is the first in The Nightbound Land duology, with the sequel, Night's Engines, released May of 2012. There is no evidence that his books are very popular, which is a pity. There are few places on the internet that share information about this series, besides random book reviews, the web-store Amazon, and the author's own website. If the quality of his one other book series, the Death Works Trilogy, is anywhere near that of Roil, I'm certain it is a wonderful series.
The novel opens quite chaotically. As with most fresh fantasy and science fiction stories, it prefers to throw you straight into the midst of the plot without a guidebook to help you along. Roil has its story, and it doesn't care if you have yet to hear or understand some terminology. However it is possible for the reader to come to terms with it fairly quickly. It also quickly establishes Jamieson's writing style, with such interesting phrasing such as "...its rotten limbs snap-crash-snapped under his weight." I've yet to read a science fiction book with such a loose hold on grammar and sentence structure, and it seems to fit perfectly with the gritty tone of the novel.
Roil possesses strong elements of an adult fiction work. Within the first few pages there is already a gruesome death, regarded oddly lightly by one of the main characters currently using Carnival, an extremely potent, addictive relaxant. This is an example of the very dark, ironic humor present throughout the novel. The story continues from there when the addict, David, is forced to run away from the killers. Before long he is joined by a supposedly four thousand year old man named Cadell on a mission to find a machine that is capable of stopping the Roil.
The first few chapters of this book left me a little lost, with less of a focus on character development and more on world building, but sticking with it yields a rewarding experience. While it begins with a frantic pace, with little of the characters presented to engage with, they eventually develop into wonderful examples of rough, flawed people trying to do what's right despite themselves. The most interesting character is Cadell, a man who seems to have all the answers, with no motivation to explain himself, or how he is what he is. "To blame to blame a wind for blowing, a storm for raging. Cadell is Cadell, disaster comes easily with him." It is Cadell that pushes David, who believes that the Old Man is mad, along their journey between the sparse metropolis cities in an attempt to prevent the Roil's expansion.
This is yet another dark, steampunk world filled with dangerous politics. Thankfully, despite the somewhat common premise, it never feels like I've read this story before. Roil manages to keep the ideas fresh through the use of descriptive characters and setting. It helps that Jamieson spends a wonderful amount of time on the details of this world, and it really is a unique place. The book is very vivid, with a lot of effort going into painting the oft times gritty picture for the reader. There are several groups in a power struggle; the world's only major population centers are vast cities politically segregated from each other, as well as an intelligent species of humanoids called the Cuttlefolk. Despite the omnipresent threat of destruction from the Roil, for most of the book it's these separate people that exist as the antagonist.
The biggest fault of Roil is perhaps that there isn't quite as much detailed back-story as there could be. There's enough material for there to be a prequel novel detailing the ascension of the Roil, and various other aspects of this world. However, this may just be my desire to go further into the story. If you enjoy reading science fiction or fantasy with a decidedly dark tone, I suggest checking out The Darkbound Land: Roil. It's well written, fun to read, and is chalk-full of interesting ideas; semi-sentient flying machines, a group of near-deranged people kept alive for millennia, a world-spanning intelligent cloud. Jamieson's managed to create a fantastic world of horror, novelty, and adventure that would be a shame to miss out on.
Roil is the first book in a duology to be released by Angry Robot books, the second will be called Nights Engines.

A dancer, macabre.
There are writers that can pump out quality genre novels, that give the slavering hordes what we want, whether it's Steampunk or Space Opera, or just good honest escapism.

Then there's those writers that take those well trodden floor boards and fashion a dance of their own, mixing influences from a number of subgenres until what we have is compelling and unique.

I think Jamieson is one of those writers, especially with Roil. It's Trent's skill that makes it hard to slot the novel into a nice and neatly labelled pigeon hole. It has an infusion of Steampunk, with its railways and named engines, airships and the neo-Victorian sentimentality. The world of Shale gives an impression of a slightly skewed, malevolent Dickensian London - this comes through in the snippets from the history books that are referenced at chapter beginnings, the descriptions of political parties, the dialogue between the characters.

Cadell nodded his head. "He knew that as soon as he crossed the floor of Parliament, soon as he joined the Confluents, something was coming. He just didn't expect it to be this. Thought they were all working towards the same thing. Stade proved him wrong. Oh, lad, there are secrets that layer Mirrlees and Shale, sediments of madness and lies more damning than you could believe. Missteps, and murders, from the First Ships down."

To this Jamieson with his talent for dark fantasy introduces, grotesque and horrifying adversaries in the shape of Quarg hounds and Garment Flutes and spiders that feed on you while you sleep. But it was the rather surreal visual he evoked with the seemingly innocuous Witmoths, that really made me shiver:

Jeremy grinned, a wide and terrible grin. An actor's grin, or a mask, for surely it was not his own. "Heat is the issue here, the draw and the reasoning; furnace heat, blood heat. The Roil told me, in its loud old voice. Can't you hear it?" His smile grew and grew and it came spilling from his mouth, dark and frangible, a softly hissing shadow; moth-like they fluttered. So many of them, the man must be filled with them "Witmoths," Jeremy whispered."Thought and madness and command."

I'd watch a movie based on Roil for that visual alone.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
This horrifying dark fantasy/steampunk tale is under pinned with the science fiction trope of a long colonised world, with forgotten technologies. There are the Old men from the seed ships, those that built the ancient metropolises with technologies so indecipherable that they might as well be magic.

There are advanced technologies in play but Shale's inhabitants have only Industrial Age vocabulary and understanding to describe them. Jamieson is likewise careful in his descriptions of old tech only hinting at what scientific advances may underpin or shape Shale. The reader then, in that sense is not much better of than the protagonist.

Fan's of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series will enjoy the Steampunk/Biopunk aspects. Those with a penchant for sophisticated and subtle horror will enjoy the devious nature of the Roil and Jamieson's deft descriptions.

I for one, can't wait for Nights Engines.
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