Darkland

Darkland In the far distant future Vali Hallsdottir assassin of an organisation known as the Skald is sent on a mission to the world of Nhem Her assignment is to eliminate the destructive patriarchal regime
  • Title: Darkland
  • Author: Liz Williams
  • ISBN: 9781405041256
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Darkland
    In the far distant future Vali Hallsdottir, assassin of an organisation known as the Skald, is sent on a mission to the world of Nhem Her assignment is to eliminate the destructive patriarchal regime of the Hierolath But shortly after her arrival, Vali finds herself betrayed by her mission partner, who is not the man he seems Frey, once Vali s lover, has undergone a genIn the far distant future Vali Hallsdottir, assassin of an organisation known as the Skald, is sent on a mission to the world of Nhem Her assignment is to eliminate the destructive patriarchal regime of the Hierolath But shortly after her arrival, Vali finds herself betrayed by her mission partner, who is not the man he seems Frey, once Vali s lover, has undergone a genetic transformation to disguise himself and has his own agenda for travelling to Nhem After Vali s escape from the clutches of the Hierolath s militia she goes in search of Frey in order to discover the reasons for his betrayal Her journey takes Vali to Darkland, where sinister forces known as the vitki wreak havocPraise for Liz Williams and her novel BANNER OF SOULS A vivid adventure that lingers long after the last page is turned K J Bishop A gothic feast for the imagination that places Liz Williams in the first rank of visionary science fiction writers Charles Stross Liz Williams is this generation s answer to Margaret Atwood and Sheri Tepper Chris Moriarty
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    About " Liz Williams "

  • Liz Williams

    There is than one author with this nameLiz Williams is a British science fiction writer Her first novel, The Ghost Sister was published in 2001 Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones 2002 were nominated for the Philip K Dick Award 1 She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.She is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge She has had short stories published in Asimov s, Interzone, The Third Alternative and Visionary Tongue From the mid nineties until 2000, she lived and worked in Kazakhstan 2 Her experiences there are reflected in her 2003 novel Nine Layers of Sky Her novels have been published in the US and the UK, while her third novel The Poison Master 2003 has been translated into Dutch.Series Detective Inspector Chen Darkland

  • 815 Comments

  • Not particularly engaging, but a passable meaning that I read it to the finish, it passed some time, and I wont be picking it up again.Not really enough depth to warrant investigating the sequels


  • Darkland is the second in a loose series about scattered humanity among the stars and psychic powers that starts with Ghost Sister and follows with a direct sequel Bloodmind which is my next sf read.Another gothic sf adventure like Winterstrike that takes a while to get into because of its strangeness though this Universe is closer to a feminist Vancean one so easier to figure out but once you are in the flow you do not want to put the book downVali is a skillful operative with powerful psychic [...]


  • Darkland is set on Muspell, a colony world inhabited by descendants of Icelanders and other Norsemen who fled the greenhousing of Earth several thousand years earlier The lands in Muspell s Northern Hemisphere are predominantly although not exclusively matriarchal They have established a somewhat Taoist society, in which checks and balances prevent excessive domination by any single faction By contrast, Darkland, in the planet s southern hemisphere, has been settled by eugenicists intent on crea [...]


  • This was an interesting SF novel I enjoyed the fact that the main character was both a woman and an assassin Without trying to give away plot details, there is an assassination which is acheived through the rape of the main character, and I found the way she dealt with that interesting although I m sure some would find the scene highly disturbing, and should consider that before picking up the book The novel is written in two perspectives, on different worlds in alternating chapters occasionally [...]




  • This is science fiction, but it feels a lot like fantasy in places It also feels reminiscent of feminist utopia dystopias, in a good way.


  • A very average book Writing is passable but not particularly engaging and the characters are rather boring The setting itself has some promise but it is never really realized.


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