Rulers of the Darkness (Darkess Series #4)

Rulers of the Darkness (Darkess Series #4)

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by Harry Turtledove
     
 

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Forthweg has been lost to the Algarvian and the Unkerlanter soldiers. Not satisfied to share the plundered Forthweg, Algarve invaces Unkerlant and begins its march on the capital during the harsh Unkerlant winter. Away from the front, Algarvian soldiers corral Kaunians to send them west, toward the front, to work camps. The Kaunians left behind are worried about…  See more details below

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Forthweg has been lost to the Algarvian and the Unkerlanter soldiers. Not satisfied to share the plundered Forthweg, Algarve invaces Unkerlant and begins its march on the capital during the harsh Unkerlant winter. Away from the front, Algarvian soldiers corral Kaunians to send them west, toward the front, to work camps. The Kaunians left behind are worried about what the camps might mean, but are assuaged by Algarvian lies.

In Kuusamo, scholars race to find the relation between the laws of similarity and contagion, while the patient warriors of Zuwayza weigh the merits of siding with either the Algarvians or the Unkerlanters. Rumors abound about the Algarvian work camps, rumors most cannot believe are true. But the mages know, for they can feel the loss of life in their very souls.

The characters take on their own lives as the reader sees the war from all sides and understands how the death and destruction benefits no one, not even the victors. In this world, the battle escalates and people tremble under the darkness descending.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of the Worldwar and Great War series displays his virtuoso command of the details of WWII in this fourth book (after 2001's Through the Darkness) about a conflict between mythical feudal kingdoms using magic instead of science as the basis for technology. Aficionados will enjoy picking out the parallels the Japan-analog Gyonghos Empire, for example, fights "the grinning dwarves of Kuusamo" (i.e., the United States). On the equivalent of the Eastern front, the German-based Algarvian Empire recovers from its losses in the frozen urban hell of Sulingen and prepares for its usual summer advance against the forces of King Swemmel of Unkerlant, leading to a replay of the battle of Kursk. Turtledove's great strength has always been the depiction of ordinary characters who have to live with the consequences of their superiors' decisions an Algarvian policeman in Forthweg objects to rounding up Kaunians, while a group of theoretical magicians must work on a thaumaturgical Manhattan Project. Alternate history derives half of its fun and all of its significance from the understanding it fosters of the ur-conflict, but when the Algarvians begin mass killings of the Kaunian minority in Forthweg to incorporate their life energies into potent sorceries against their opponents, only to be matched by Swemmel's willingness to slaughter his own peasantry for a similar magical advantage, one doesn't feel that our understanding of the Holocaust is advanced. Turtledove may offer few insights into WWII, but he sure knows how to use the facts to entertain. (Mar. 28) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
Within Derlavai and its surrounding lands, Turtledove has created a complex world at war in this sequel to his epic fantasy novel Into the Darkness. Algarve and Unkerlant (both lands within Derlavai) have become opposing forces after disagreement over the ownership of Forthweg. Algarve also continues its effort to gain more land in Unkerlant's territory and Unkerlant is fighting back. As a result, the surrounding regions must try to fight against both groups or become conquered themselves. Others such as Zuwayza ponder joining sides with either Algarve or Unkerlant. Throughout the entire land of Derlavai, unicorns, levi-athans, and dragons are used along with magic in order to fight foes and gain power. Among the huge cast of characters are Ealstan the bookkeeper and Bembo, a constable, who return from the previous novel. These characters combined with Turtledove's mastery of storytelling allow the reader to experience the war from the perspective of several different "viewpoint characters" listed individually in the front pages of the book. Turtledove excels in providing a detailed and well-rounded look at life during wartime. The experiences of soldiers anticipating battles or distressed by the horrors of war, women used by occupying soldiers, magicians practicing for the war effort, Kaunians taken to horrifying war camps, and officials debating what to support are all included in this story of physical destruction and emotional turmoil. Turtledove deftly communicates the personal issues as well as the complex military situations that occur during wartime. Military SF readers as well as those students interested in alternate history will enjoy this title. Readers may also find somestriking similarities between our own WW II and Turtledove's fantasy world. The upcoming sequel Through the Darkness continues this story. (A novel of The World at War) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Tor, 718p. 18cm., $7.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Ginger Armstrong; Lib. Assoc., Chesterfield Cty P.L., Chesterfield, , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
Library Journal
The worldwide conflict known as the Derlavaian War grinds on as the armies of the Algarvian empire sweep through country after country, using magic powered by the blood and suffering of a peace-loving captive nation. In desperation, former enemies unite against the merciless conquerors, and mages from the lands of Kuusamo and Lagoas strive to create a new kind of magic powerful enough to stand against the Algarvian might. The fourth novel in the "Darkness" series (Through the Darkness, etc.) brings Turtledove's retelling of World War II in a fantasy setting to a turning point. The author's grasp of military tactics as well as his talent for translating the accoutrements of modern warfare into fantasy equivalents makes this a standout choice for fantasy collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fourth outing, with a cliffhanger that promises more, in Turtledove's tangled fantasy epic of empires fighting a pointless war in which magic kills just as horribly as TNT. It's too late to say that others have done the sorcery-instead-of-science gimmick better and more elegantly. In his continuing effort to show that human history, even in a drably imagined world reminiscent of late-19th-century Europe, is pluralistic at every level, Turtledove (Through the Darkness, 2001, etc.) piles on subplots involving over a hundred characters in a story that's too complicated to achieve any momentum. Under the possibly mad King Mezentio, the violent forces of Algrave try to conquer the no-less-aggressive Kingdom of Unkerlant, with the Algravians being a bit worse because they derive the source of their magical powers from murdering the Kuusamians, Turtledove's vague stand-ins for Jews. With many other minority peoples involved, some willingly, some not, Turtledove has bleached his setting of the customary sense of wonder that magic fantasies can offer, substituting an oppressively gritty realism that comes off half-baked. Instead of telephones, soldiers communicate by magic crystals, shoot beams of fire from magic staffs, fly dragons that drop incendiary eggs, ride behemoths over land, go under the sea clinging to submersing leviathans, and move supplies on trains that run along ley lines. Meanwhile, in an attempt to oppose Algrave's murderous sorcery, Mages are developing magic that can alter the flow of time, adding even more complexity to a story that desperately needs a sense of direction. Though he brings a tender compassion to many of his characters, Turtledove is no Tolstoy. This vastportrait of nations in conflict makes War and Peace a breezy read.
From the Publisher
“Turtledove is almost certainly unique in reconceiving World War II in magical fantasy terms and on an immense scale—so far, completely successfully.” —Booklist (starred review) on Darkness Descending

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765340757
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
05/18/2003
Series:
Darkness Series, #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.43(d)

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Harry Turtledove is the Hugo-winning author of many SF and fantasy novels. His alternate-history novels, include the bestselling The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, the Worldwar series, and the recent Ruled Britannia. He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles.

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