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ISBN13: 9780765321855
ISBN10: 0765321858
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Staff Pick

Immaculate world-building, lush landscapes, and colorful, complicated characters all contributed to Green being the most worthwhile fantasy I read in 2009. Green's world possesses the beauty and intricacy of Jacqueline Carey's Terra D'Ange while Green herself proves a fascinating and complicated character with a stubborn and unbreakable will rival to no other fantasy character I've read. Comparisons to the Kushiel series and Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind are not unfounded, but Lake's vision is uniquely his own.
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Publisher Comments:

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name — her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan — and the skills of an assassin — she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties.

She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Dukes city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.

Review:

"Lake (Escapement) makes a shift from steampunk to lush fantasy filled with exotic locales and exquisite descriptions. Sold as a child, raised and educated as a courtesan and secretly trained as an assassin, strong-willed Green retains her unyielding sense of independence, leading her to make drastic, unwise choices. Often used as a pawn and occasionally betrayed, she perseveres in trying to gain a measure of control over her life and a place to call home. Her goals become harder to reach when she's caught up in the machinations of immortals and power games of meddling gods. Despite an occasionally episodic feel and some rocky pacing that suggests it might have worked better split over several installments, the story is nicely powered by strong mythic undertones and a fresh take on the relationship between gods and mortals. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Lake has configured his world-dominating empires, one British, the other Chinese, with huge and devoted attention to the last detail." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Lake (Escapement) has created a memorable heroine living in an exotic and sensual setting that draws from many historic cultures." Library Journal

Review:

"Lake's world-building is stellar, even with as idiosyncratic a narrator as Green, and the story she tells thrills." Booklist

Review:

"[Green's] journey from child victim to heroic, independent woman is well told, and Lake displays a keen insight into the emotional world of Green and his other powerful female characters." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Green's exquisite beauty and brilliant mind are not enough to free her from captivity — that takes her skills with a knife and the powers of a goddess.

Synopsis:

Green was raised to be a courtesan and trained to be an assassin.  But the gods and goddesses of Selistan and the Storm Coast took notice of her skills, and made her their tool in an immortal struggle.

Synopsis:

Her exquisite beauty and brilliant mind were not enough to free her from captivity. That took her skills with a knife, plus the power of a goddess.

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name--her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan…and the skills of an assassin…she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Dukes city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.

Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green, and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the readers mind a long time after the book is closed.

About the Author

Jay Lake lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of over two hundred short stories, four collections, and a chapbook, along with five previous novels. In 2004, Jay won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has also been a Hugo nominee for his short fiction and a three-time World Fantasy Award nominee for his editing.

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zellandyne, May 3, 2010 (view all comments by zellandyne)
Green follows the adventures of a uniquely beautiful (and uniquely stubborn) young girl sold into slavery because of her beauty and then trained to be a perfect wife or courtesan. She resists nearly every step of the way, always wanting to return home to her father and the family ox, Endurance. Throughout, she attempts to hold on to what few memories she has of her home and her culture, and to undermine the (usually) abusive women who are training her.

She finds a few unexpected allies among those who are training her, and ultimately causes tremendous destruction within the city of her imprisonment in her quest to return home. You'd think that would be the end, but the story continues and looks at the repercussions of her actions both personally and on the society that she fought so hard to escape. After several years, in which she attempts to find a place for herself, she ends up right back in the city she nearly destroyed, this time with the goal of saving it.

Lyrical language. A fascinating, and furious, heroine who comes from a distinctly non-European fantasy culture.
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davidwmack, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by davidwmack)
I was drawn by the Dan Dos Santos cover. I was not disappointed. The story is every bit as good as the cover. The insights into Green (a girl), the main character, are so good that its hard to believe that it was written by a guy. A book "rich" with a great story, characters and plot. A very enjoyable read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765321855
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Author:
Lake, Jay
Author:
Lake, Jay, Tobias
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110215
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 x 1.15 in

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Product details 368 pages Tom Doherty Associates - English 9780765321855 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Immaculate world-building, lush landscapes, and colorful, complicated characters all contributed to Green being the most worthwhile fantasy I read in 2009. Green's world possesses the beauty and intricacy of Jacqueline Carey's Terra D'Ange while Green herself proves a fascinating and complicated character with a stubborn and unbreakable will rival to no other fantasy character I've read. Comparisons to the Kushiel series and Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind are not unfounded, but Lake's vision is uniquely his own.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lake (Escapement) makes a shift from steampunk to lush fantasy filled with exotic locales and exquisite descriptions. Sold as a child, raised and educated as a courtesan and secretly trained as an assassin, strong-willed Green retains her unyielding sense of independence, leading her to make drastic, unwise choices. Often used as a pawn and occasionally betrayed, she perseveres in trying to gain a measure of control over her life and a place to call home. Her goals become harder to reach when she's caught up in the machinations of immortals and power games of meddling gods. Despite an occasionally episodic feel and some rocky pacing that suggests it might have worked better split over several installments, the story is nicely powered by strong mythic undertones and a fresh take on the relationship between gods and mortals. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Lake has configured his world-dominating empires, one British, the other Chinese, with huge and devoted attention to the last detail."
"Review" by , "Lake (Escapement) has created a memorable heroine living in an exotic and sensual setting that draws from many historic cultures."
"Review" by , "Lake's world-building is stellar, even with as idiosyncratic a narrator as Green, and the story she tells thrills."
"Review" by , "[Green's] journey from child victim to heroic, independent woman is well told, and Lake displays a keen insight into the emotional world of Green and his other powerful female characters."
"Synopsis" by , Green's exquisite beauty and brilliant mind are not enough to free her from captivity — that takes her skills with a knife and the powers of a goddess.
"Synopsis" by ,
Green was raised to be a courtesan and trained to be an assassin.  But the gods and goddesses of Selistan and the Storm Coast took notice of her skills, and made her their tool in an immortal struggle.
"Synopsis" by ,

Her exquisite beauty and brilliant mind were not enough to free her from captivity. That took her skills with a knife, plus the power of a goddess.

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name--her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan…and the skills of an assassin…she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Dukes city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.

Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green, and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the readers mind a long time after the book is closed.

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