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My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to me by my human masters.
I am a slave.
But I shall be free.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
PRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLIS
"A major new talent." George R.R. Martin
"Tremendous." Cory Doctorow
"Addictively brilliant." io9
"Exciting and intense." Publishers Weekly
"Eloquent and utterly compelling." Kirkus
About the Author
Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He was born and raised in Minnesota, where his parents had landed after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince. (The full story, he's told, involves a Dutch tramp steamer and a stolen horse.) Nowadays he lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists and other unsavoury types.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars, #1) by Ian Tregillis I had this book on my shelves for a while since Ian joined the Wild Card Consortium. I liked the premise from the start, unfortunately the sequels got lost in the shuffle of trying to keep up with more than forty writers. Be rest assured Ian the books are order, and actually the third book in the series is here in my to read pile. I am just waiting for Rising to come in. The idea of the book is amazing, okay I am impartial, to be introduced to the book by the author, as he leans against the table, explaining his story. Ian read a portion of this and of Rising to the panel as well. Ian gave me insight into the book, which characters he loves to write which are the hardest to handle, it's a great introduction but it pales in comparison to the book my dear. Ian Tregillis has an amazing book here, which talks about humanity, our use of others, or things, and how we get a mindset as humans of how things should be. The idea is what if alchemy and science were intertwined, that the greatest of scientific thinkers could have an alchemist rival that was able to go beyond his claims to fame. That through tech and magic, we are able to make machines that could do our bidding, slaves in all sense and purpose to do the labor of our desires. How would that change the world, if not France and its ideals of individual freedom, of religion and its ideals of Free Will, is not applied to the basic automaton or living robot. How would we define humanity, without humanist ideology in our basic nature. The book is profound in the idea that these created creatures, these mechanical are not entitled to freedom, but with stand centuries of drudgery and slave labor. The concept in the book of geas is probably the most profound aspect of the book. As I read through the pages and saw through the eyes of Jax and his fellow mechanicals the pain and torture they endure for human whim and folly, that they know as geas, and metageas, the layering of obligation from the one who owns the contract to the queen who owns all mechanicals and leases them to the public for their use. The idea of geas is astounding, Ian paints a portrait of obligation that we all are forced to accept. The obligation of society, of country, of the world, laid over by family, friends or employer, is similar to the level of geas these atonomiton mechanicals are struggling with. When our personal choice leads to pain and anguish when we want to refuse the proper and set course of our lives. Although the mechanicals in the book like Jax have to endure more psychological and physical actual pain for not following an order, the most anxious of us in society can relate to their feeling of overwhelming need to fulfill the obligations we see before us. Ian has created a phenomenal world of color, and diversity, of intrigue and obligation, that the story enthralls the reader and captivates their imagination.
Definitely a good start to a great series. The characters are each unique to one another, yet they all tie in to one another. The plot is great, definitely entertaining! If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, steam punk, or even medieval type stories then I recommend this series!