And the conclusion of the Stone Moon trilogy. (Look! I was good and saved posting it here for today.) Another read for OuaT7 too.
Have more probably incoherent squeefesting.
tl;dr version #1: ZOMG! SO AWESOME! EVERYONE GO GET COPIES OF THESE BOOKS RIGHT NOW.
tl;dr version #2: I loved these books. So much. ‘Bloom’ is all kinds of quiet awesome and answers so many questions and ties everything so strongly together and then adds new things. <3 ‘Bloom’ made me so happy when I finished it. (Sad to leave, but mostly overjoyed at everything. Well, almost everything.)
A Bloom in the North by M.C.A. Hogarth
‘Bloom’ is not filled with as many surprise!twists as ‘Pearl’ was, and this is a good thing. It’s still filled with twisty, plotty awesome, but they’re often twists and turns that you can see coming and that make you jump up and shout “I KNEW IT!” at your book and do a little happy-dance of squee while holding it. Uhm… Weird analogy, bear with me.
‘Pearl’ is like when you’re a child trying to sleep ever though there are monsters under the bed waiting for when the light goes out before they attack you in your sleep. ‘Bloom’ is like the blankie your parents give you to calm your dreams at night. Ish. I did tell you to bear with me. ^-~ (Yeah, sensible analogies? Not my strong point.)
But… yes. ‘Bloom’ is a lot… quieter than ‘Pearl’ was. It was a treat to read them so close together, even though I think it /is/ possible to read this as a stand-alone. (There would be spoilers for both previous books, but, I think, not the kind that ruin those books, more the kind that intrigue. Like a really, /really/ long back-cover text.)
And it answers oh so many questions about Ke Bakil and the Jokka. I was hoping we’d learn more about those answers, but the way Hogarth delivered on those answers, the light it sheds on every single one of the stories before ‘Bloom’… I was thrilled. And LINGUISTIC SHIFTS, people! Oh my love for that. <3<3<3<3
I loved the fact that the trilogy ends with Thenet’s narration. When I noticed that there were narrators listed at the top of each part, I admit that I cheated and looked up who the narrators were and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but oh the sense it makes.
It’s been a long, a very long, time since I read a series of books that made me so happy. And these books did. Right now, I can’t even be sad that there are no more new-to-me stories featuring jokka (that I know of) because that ending just made me way, way too happy to do anything other than squee. I loved Pathen. I loved seeing patterns from the short stories return. I loved the relationships between the characters. And Darsi and Hesa and OMG! Abadil! <3 And seeing everyone from ‘Pearl’ again and some of the people from ‘Shell’ and het Narel and all the twisty-turny goodness and the spies and. Just. The camaraderie, the effect Pathen has on people. And Roika. Oh, Roika. So complicated Roika. I cried. (Well, a little because I was mostly overwhelmed by everything else. And also distracted by the linguistics going on at the time.)