Dangerous Offspring

Dangerous Offspring Steph Swainston returns to the dazzling dizzying world of the Fourlands with the audacious sequel to her acclaimed novels The Year of Our War and No Present Like Time Jant Comet the messenger has s

  • Title: Dangerous Offspring
  • Author: Steph Swainston
  • ISBN: 9780060753894
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Steph Swainston returns to the dazzling, dizzying world of the Fourlands with the audacious sequel to her acclaimed novels The Year of Our War and No Present Like Time Jant Comet, the messenger, has survived deadly insects, internecine politics, and even his own debilitating, life threatening addiction But now he faces a challenge greater than any he has met in the lastSteph Swainston returns to the dazzling, dizzying world of the Fourlands with the audacious sequel to her acclaimed novels The Year of Our War and No Present Like Time Jant Comet, the messenger, has survived deadly insects, internecine politics, and even his own debilitating, life threatening addiction But now he faces a challenge greater than any he has met in the last several centuries, one that could shake the foundations of the Fourlands forever For the Emperor himself is riding to the front, and nothing is as it seems .

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    1. This book surprised me again and again. The beginning brings Insects back to the fore--as they were in "The Year of Our War"--and introduces a plot concocted by the immortal Circle to push the Insects back into the Paperlands and reclaim territory lost in centuries past. Jant and his immortal companions jest, talk about the past, and prepare for battle. It was all familiar, and it was all a welcomed read; I figured that I had a good idea as to where Swainston was going to take the story, and I w [...]


    2. Still a good read, but a tad frustrating. Lightning's character becomes more and more of a caricature (the author even refers to him as Lord Melodrama at one point).Swainston has added as many questions as answers in this volume, so much so that it makes me wonder if we aren't in for a ten-volume series here. There's far too much "heh, heh, I'm not going to explain that yet." Including a cryptic reference to this world having uranium but not using it. I do like the idea that immortal does not me [...]


    3. I enjoyed this a lot, which means I'm going to have to go back and read the first two in the series: The Year of Our War, and No Present Like Time. Here we follow centuries-old Jant Comet, the winged messenger, as he flies around, into and out of trouble taking messages for the emperor and doing battle with the insects. Lots of interesting characters inhabiting a very interesting place as they struggle to hold off the insect hordes. Despite the sweeping storyline the focus is really on the chara [...]


    4. Finally, this was a thoroughly good book from Swainston. The elements have been there in the earlier Castle novels - sparkly language, unpredictability, melodrama, sex, and glitter - but now it was perfect.


    5. Novodobý svět se mi líbil ze všech dílů asi nejvíc. I přes slabý a vcelku předvídatelný děj bylo čtení velice poutavé svou osudovostí a jedinečnou atmosférou světa. Celou sérii doporučuji všem fanouškům NW.



    6. Steph Swainston’s third novel set in the Fourlands is “The Modern World” (retitled “Dangerous Offspring” for its US release). For the past few years the Insects have been kept at bay, the Castle’s forces keeping them from expanding their Paperlands. However, the armies of the Fourlands have been content with just stopping the Insects invading, they haven’t attempted to win back any of their former territory, at least until Frost – the Castle’s immortal architect – comes up wi [...]


    7. In this last installment(1), the Insects have managed a population explosion that becomes the largest threat to the Fourlands and the biggest test of the Circle's power, abilities, and fortitude. It is also the story of conflict between 1440-year old Lightening and his rebellious daughter, Cyan. Our protagonist, Jant, or the messenger Comet, is dispatched to bring the runaway teenager back to the fold.As throughout this trilogy, the theme of immortality is approached on many levels. Author Swain [...]


    8. Nelimaa-sarjan yhtenäisen juonilinjauksen muodostavat ensimmäinen osa Kuolemattomien kaarti ja Uusi maailma. Toinen osa Aika on lahjoista suurin vaikuttaa enemmänkin irralliselta välinäytökseltä. Uudessa maailmassa käydään sotaa turilaita vastaan ihan urakalla, mutta silti Uusi Maailma on ehkä sarjan syvällisin osa. Kirjan kantavana teemana on nuoren tytön kasvutarina. Salaman teini-ikäinen tytär Cyan kapinoi ja kokeilee rajojaan ja uhmaa vanhempaansa. Toisaalta kirja kertoo myös [...]


    9. This is the third in Swainston's Jant Comet series, which adeptly combines elements of fantasy and sci-fi. In this volume, Jant and his fellow immortals must deal with a desperate crisis. Their brilliant engineer has built an innovative dam and created an artificial lake with the intention of flooding out the insects from the land they have claimed. However, this project backfires horribly: the large standing pool of standing water causes the Insects to go into a breeding phase (which no one had [...]


    10. Another excellent entry in a terrific series. Might be by a small margin the best so far, actually. As much as I love the character of Jant, he shares the focus with a few more of the immortals here - Lightning, of course, but others too - and one or two other returning characters. Some questions are answered, some new ones are raised. What makes the series work, for me, is that the immortals of the Circle are realistic characters: we see the effects of their centuries of life not only in their [...]


    11. Set another five years after No Present Like Time. The immortals' Architect, Frost, has a plan to win the Insect war with engineering. At the same time, Lightning's daughter Cyan, who has grown into a stereotypical spoiled teenager, has gone missing, apparently deliberately, in Hacilith, the scene of Comet's old gang days. Comet's plan is to retrieve Cyan for Lightning and fly back to the front in time to make himself useful at the battle. Neither plan goes smoothly, of course. You see more of t [...]


    12. My favourite Castle novel so far. Swainston's writing is truly beautiful. She brings an uncommon sense of playfulness and style to the fantasy genre, something well needed in the current age of boring Grimdark. I missed Jant's journeys into the Shift, which were more frequent in the last books, but our narrator's time spent in the Fourlands well made up for this. All I can say is that I am grateful to know that there is more coming of the Castle and its Circle.


    13. I think this volume (in the series that includes previous books The Year of Our War and No Present Like Time) is actually a bit more readable than the last book, probably because there's more action and we're getting at some of the background mysteries of how and why things are as they are in this world. (I assume there will be another book in the series next year, and I assume I will read it.)


    14. The prose is flowery enough to yield a grudging nod from JRR, and my mental comparisons were even less favourable during the slightly dragging first third or so. But once the action starts happening that fades into the background and the story becomes very engaging. It reads more like a single-act play that had the opener bolted onto it for reasons of multi-volume plot arcs, but I once again started reading it without realizing that I was stumbling into the middle of a bigger story.


    15. I was a bit worried I'd have trouble getting into this having left it so long since I read the previous two books. I like the way in all her books that you are flung straight into the thick of it, there is no spoon feeding. As soon as I started reading I was back with Jant and the gang, very hard to put down.


    16. I think this was the best part of the series so far. Very entertaining, and the events that unfolded well, wow. Pretty cool. Now I'm really looking forward to reading more of this. Quite the contrast to forgetting the series for five years after the first part.


    17. Third book in the series by Steph Swainston. This author is an anthropologist who created some insane worlds, however, this isn't as evident in this installment. It seems more along the lines of a tie-over between story arcs. Liked Year of Our War and No Present Like Time much better.


    18. There's so much wasted potential here. Fourlands books have a great premise but the execution itself often falters. Too much time is spent on boring subplots while the actually interesting material is almost ignored.


    19. I want more, dammit. But I fear that there isn't more (the next one in the series is actually a prequel!), as the author has officially retired from writing to be a full-time chemistry teacher. My literary loss is somebody's educational gain, I guess.


    20. Battles fought, friends lost and secrets explained. Better than the first two in some ways, and I'm sad that I've run out of Swainston to read.


    21. Fluff, but not terrible. Better than the previous one, but nowhere near as good as "The Year Of Our War". I think she's wearing out the stories these characters have in them.


    22. A great ending to an awesome series. Another angle on the immortality theme, although some of the flash-backs felt like all to convenient plot devices.


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