Praise for The Straits of Galahesh
Shaun Brammer at Thaibebop just posted a very complimentary, not to mention well written, review of The Straits of Galahesh, and while doing so played against his impressions of The Winds of Khalakovo. I like how he switched between one and the other, and showed the expansion and evolution of character and world.
Here are a few of my favorite bits:
When I read the first book of the Lays of Anuskaya, The Winds of Khalakovo, I was struck by the authors world-building skills, first and foremost. The influences taken from our world were not the typical medieval European flare, but were more fitting for the Silk Road trade route during the time of the Great Game in the late nineteenth century. I loved the blend of Russian and Islamic cultural influences as well as the use of gunpowder technology. I enjoyed that Mr. Beaulieu could use such a technology and not have the whole story leave the realm of Fantasy and become a steampunk novel.
I am very pleased to have continued reading this imaginative new series and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good rich fantasy world. I think a few steampunk fans might like it as well. Also, like any good fantasy series, you can’t start with the second book. So, If you have not read The Winds of Khalakovo go and get a copy and get caught up. If you have and are wondering if you should continue reading the series let me help you decide that, do it.
You can read the full review over at Thaibebop.