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The author of the book: Michelle West
Edition: DAW
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Date of issue: January 3rd 2012
ISBN: 075640701X
ISBN 13: 9780756407018
Language: English

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Jewel ATerafin's To-Do List:
1. Pull off state funeral for murdered mentor.
2. Declare candidacy for aforementioned mentor's job.
3. Survive assassination attempts, if any.
4. Consolidate power.
5. Puzzle out mysterious illness.
6. Save the city from demonic attack. Repeat as necessary.
7. Get some sleep.

Some people (most people?) have George R. R. Martin. Me, I have Michelle West. I've been waiting for Skirmish since 2005, which I guess doesn't sound that long - except in 2005 I was in high school and now I'm starting my first year of graduate school. So, you know . . . kind of a long time in the life of a person. And of course, there have been books during that wait, but they've been books that fill in the background (meticulously! subtly! oftentimes quite interestingly!), rather than books that break new ground. And now, with Skirmish, we cover new ground. About a week of new ground.

Let's be fair, it's all not as bad as it sounds: The Sun Sword resolved an enormous plot, it just wasn't Jewel's plot, which breaks off rather suddenly in the first third of that book and doesn't start to move forward again until . . . now. Look, I remember waiting for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so I enjoy tension and denial and yearning as much as any contemporary reader of serial fantasy, but I was worried about this book. I know that part of the reason I'm attached is that I happened to pick up The Broken Crown at a time when it was exactly the book I wanted (I suppose we could say also that I needed it - although it wouldn't be entirely true), that there are dynamics in these series that speak more to a fourteen-year-old self than to anything else, that I am as likely to find the writing style frustrating as sublime. So, I was worried.

But after all that, I turned out to be as invested in this story as I was when I started reading it at fourteen. I am a bit susceptible to developing feeling of dread as I read a book or watch a film or something, but I kind of enjoy that, because usually it's a sign that I actually care about the characters and what happens to them, that I have invested myself in the work. I expect to pick up the next book in this series - and all the books in the series that will follow this one - with an equal portion of anticipation (because really these books are good and I enjoy them) and dread (because I am really worried). The stakes are, at this point, incredibly high, and "winning" is going to be extremely costly - although I guess West could conceivably cheat her books out of the sweet-bitter ending they are working so hard to earn, but it seems unlikely (especially given the ending of The Sun Sword). I am confident that the Good Guys will win, because that is how fiction works (how incredibly gutsy if they don't, though! that would be exciting in itself!) but I don't know that anyone will be happy at the end. I have a handful of most favorite characters, and I'm not at all confident that they will survive - in fact, one of them is working with determination toward death (although I'm not sure how feasible that desired end is, really, given . . . stuff [but I am super worried anyway, and will probably be a quivering mess upon the arrival of all future books]).

Skirmish functions, I am guessing, mostly as a kind of bridge book: x, y, and z things happen in order to make other things possible. This does, thankfully, move the plot forward, and Skirmish actually has some very specific, self-contained goals (see above!) and it accomplishes many of them. But it also serves as a kind of connective tissue for the books that come before it and the books that come after it. I know this sounds self-evident, but usually there's a slightly amorphous quality to many of West's books, where they all read as one large book that's simply been broken down into component parts because we didn't have Kindles when she started writing. Think Deadwood, not The West Wing, right? (The Lord of the Rings is the other obvious comparison.) I assume this story will eventually end (given past events, probably around the time I'm up for tenure)(please let me be up for tenure), and when that happens it will be interesting to read everything together, although I guess that will be an enormous project. And to be fair, the publishing industry might collapse before that happens so who knows if my dream will be realized. Hopefully, at that point, I'll be able to approach these books with something like objectivity, having achieved artistic catharsis or something, but who knows.

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Michelle Sagara West
Michelle Sagara

Michelle is an author, book­seller, and lover of liter­ature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and some­times as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is some­times paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No matter how many book­shelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space. Ever.

She has published as Michelle Sagara (her legal name), as Michelle West (her husband's surname), and as Michelle Sagara West (a combination of the two).

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