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Callan Primer writes science fiction without spaceships and romance without fated matings--fine genres both, but not what she reads herself. Otherwise, she lives a quiet life in the Midwest, providing tech support for friends, family, and the occasional paying customer.
on Jan. 28, 2012 :
Wind Out of Indigo has elements of steampunk, of romance, and of epic fantasy, while the world-building suggests old-school science fiction. I was reminded of Barbara Hambly, for the quick pace and the distinctive characters, especially Alice, a sturdy, strong-minded heroine who would get along famously with Hambly's Jenny Waynest. Secondary characters were clearly sketched in, from the eccentric astronomer to the stubborn, wily fen-dwellers.
Primer provides something I always look for - a non-generic world. Indigo, a land perpetually in night, with luminiscent foliage and mazey waterways, is well evoked in vivid details: sometimes eerily beautiful, sometimes creepy and nerve-wracking. And have I mentioned that I love non-medieval settings in fantasy?
I did wish at times that the pace of the story allowed a little more space for the growth of the relationship between Alice and Louis. The breakneck speed of the last part meant that the changes and reversals in their beliefs and feelings about each other came so quickly that I almost missed them in the heat of the action. Fortunately, the ending developed that aspect more thoroughly.
Overall, I'd recommend this to fans of Barbara Hambly, Sherwood Smith, Cherie Priest, and Andre Norton.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)