I just finished Ken Scholes’s first novel, Lamentation.Â This book has been getting a lot of buzz, and so I asked Ken for a copy.Â It actually took awhile, since the copies have been going out to regular reviewers (I don’t review; I recommmend what I like, partly as a way to show what a writer is reading).Â Well, I loved Lamentation.Â
Ken has built us a new and fascinating future world, mostly fantasy with a salting of sf ideas.Â The world is strong and sure and interesting, the characters full of great soul faced with grave challenge.Â Â It’s a smart world with a smart plot, and Ken trusts his readers to follow him through aÂ breathless string of events.Â He wields his words with the power of swords, and the book feels stronger than a first novel has any right to be.Â
Even though I have an advanced reading copy, I went off and pre-ordered a hardcover so I’ll have a first edition.Â Maybe I’ll even get a second one for pleasure reading and possible passing on.Â This will be a series worth collecting.Â
Lamentation is coming out in February, 2009 from Tor Books, and can be pre-orderedÂ as a book and in audio. Â And if you can’t wait, well, hisÂ short story collection is out, too.Â I recommended that last month.