Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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The writing is very clear and easy to understand, something a lot of fantasy often struggles with. Because ekn this, there is little incentive for the opening novel to tell its own contained story.

And being read to really make sit a different experience. As a first novel goes, I can be proud of it and pleased with it. I felt instant empathy and protectiveness for the character, the only principal character who doesn’t get point-of-view chapters.

This is supposed to imply that his characters are reflecting on what they’ve learned, but really it’s just lazy and banal authorship. Refresh and try again.

Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1) by Ken Scholes

One star off for switching narrators just a little too frequently; for needing just a little more action, a little less intrigue; lamejtation for a little bit too strong of a much-more-is-yet-to-come cliffhanger ending, but don’t let that stop you from trying a talented new voice in fantasy.

Girls hiding behind big strong men, women being commanded by their father to bear heirs in an arranged, strategic marriage.

If you want us to think a character is resourceful and clever, show us him or her doing something resourceful or clever. Instead of being the author of a great epic in Lamentation, Scholes becomes a chess player, moving all his pieces into their necessary positions for the rest of the series. He’d been a scientist-poet who had spent his life studying out the treasures, toys and tools of the Younger Gods, leaving behind his Book of Specifications that now only existed in fragments.


This is evident from the very start of the novel, when the city of Windwir—a technological and cultural capital of the world—is destroyed. It’s fastasy I suppose, but the characters and sub-plots were thick and rich enough for me to overcome the boredom that I often feel for fantasy novels.

Lamentation is a decent work of epic fantasy, written by an author who clearly has a way with words, but both the story and characters are lacking.

The world-building is effective and doesn’t drown in d Ken Scholes’s debut novel is a stunning work of epic fantasy.

Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

I always thought that was the most interesting thing about WoT, and that flashback scene in one of the books where you scholees back to the high times of the Aes Sedai was fantastic, but I still gave up in book 8.

We don’t always like being thrown into a dungeon with Ned Stark or forced to drink tea with bitchy Aes Sedai, but by God, we know what both dungeon and tea taste like. There are a lot of thing I think I got right in the first book…and probably an equal number of things I got wrong. Reading “Metal Men” you sensed yourself in the hands of a game-changing author.

Ken Scholes

So 5-star review and a sleepless night is a big deal. Scholes draws fascinating characters–for instance a gypsy forest king, a clever consort, a mechanical man finding sentience, a young monk buried in survivor’s guilt, and a leader who walked away from his power. The writing and story are pretty pedestrian and uninspiring; and there’re far too many instances where Scholes tells you how clever his characters are but you’re left wondering “In what way?


I picked this up got it from the library based on the synopsis It has a lot of potential, and I may actually read the next book I believe there are 5 installments projected at least it’s not another trilogybut I just didn’t feel satisfied after reading it. In the final paragraphs of the novel, Mr Scholes is still busily changing our perceptions about the key players and introducing potential new ones. But it all feels a little too simple. Giving us This was a great book.

Archived from the original on The heart of the story is still the same and the full, unaltered text of “Metal Men” still exists, redistributed across the first few chapters of Lamentation in all its beguiling beauty. I strongly recommend the audio version of this book.

I loved this story, there’s always a mystery to figure out. It is the introduction of other participants, however, which brings the story to life, as we are seemingly moved around the board as if pieces in the Great Game and whilst the political machinations are relatively straight forward, there are enough complications and twists to keep the reader guessing and entertained.

Oh well, I do not know if I will ever go on to the next book in this series Well, lwmentation good news is that this novel actually got a bit better than I thought at first, but it’s still not the earth-shattering genre-defining debut that the nice publicity folks at Tor make it out to be.

The stage is set for revelation and showdown.

Sexy Tales of Strong Women. Daley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought Lamentation was a marvelous book.