Sam Sykes is the immensely talented, moderately eccentric author of the Aeons' Gate trilogy, including Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo. His third book, The Skybound Sea, will be available in Canada in December. Here is Sam's answer to our question: What are you reading now?
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge is a book that every fan of fantasy, literature or the English language needs to read. I have absolutely never seen such a book as this before. Taking place in a society based loosely off of post-civil war England, it's a world that's absent the traditional fantasy tropes of magic, heroism and worldbuilding. That's not to say that they're absent; rather, they're merely changed. In this world, words and language are magical, the mundane is heroic, the world is rendered majestic and vivid through only the perceptions and reactions of the characters.
All too often, we see the kind of mastery over language that Hardinge demonstrates coupled with authors who express far too much satisfaction in their own work. Plot and development are frequently left behind to satiate the author's own self-indulgent, all-consuming wordlust. Nothing could be further from the case of Fly By Night. An amazingly in-depth plot rife with astonishingly developed characters is only enhanced by Hardinge's jaw-droppingly powerful use of the English language.
This is to say nothing of the characters. I don't know of any other author that can make a soft-spoken girl from a backwater town so thoroughly a conflicted heroine. I don't know anyone who can make a pompous, fat, morally unscrupulous conman a thing of legend. And I'm certain no other author exists today that can make me care so damn much about the fate of a goose (once you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about).
This is a book that literally everyone needs to read.
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