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Green by Jay Lake


Title: Green
Author: Jay Lake
Published: June 2009
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 387
Rating: 3 of 5 stars


Synopsis:

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 Duke’s 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 Duke’s 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.



 

Personal Review:   The beginning of this book was very interesting. Put together as though a memoir from the beginning, the story is raw and very human. Green is an interesting character - both stubborn and bound to her destiny, although she struggles to fight against it at every turn. However, I feel that the climax of the story is too soon, and therein after Green's path becomes almost boring, until the true climax [which occurs 4 pages from the end], which is essentially a remake of the FIRST climax. All together, the more I read after Green's first kill, the more bored I became. When reading the book flap, I was expecting an original sort of ninja [especially once I saw the cover] from a fantasy world.
This story was ruined for me simply because I had expectations and lead-on's [in the beginning, she mentions her first kill] that ended up being slightly anti-climatic. I think that if I had had no expectations for it, then I would have liked it just fine.
What I really liked about the book was her determination to return to her homeland, even though it was no longer her home. How she was adopted by the Lily Goddess and the the structure of the Temple. I enjoyed the fact that she was sexually deviant and that it was not only okay, but expected. I loved Green's struggle to hide herself under clothing, to throw away her 'slavery' despite all the opprotunities it affords her.
     
 


 

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