"May be the fantasy tale of the year"
The Terpsichoria leaves New Crobuzon bound for a colony
with convicts, slaves, and a few paying customers needing
to leave the city by any means possible on board. Among
the passengers is desolate Bellis Coldwine. The astringent
woman has been exiled from the great city.
The seafaring voyage turns nasty when pirates board the
ship. Most of those sailing on the Terpsichoria are
worthless to the pirates and killed. However, some
including Bellis are taken prisoner to the corsair's haven,
the floating island of ships, Armada. There they will
either die or help the evil leadership with magic that
could destroy all humanity. However, Bellis finds allies
and tries to develop a third option.
THE SCAR may be the fantasy tale of the year as the dark
story line makes the reader feel as if he or she has
entered Armada, so graphically described that the weird
civilization seems real. The plot consists of plenty of
action, but it is the leagues and depths of the water world
and its strange yet authentic feeling populous that makes
the novel so entertaining. Award winning China Mieville
(see Perdido Street Station) is bound to more than just
receive nominations; he is going to win many trophies for
this strong story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 1, 2002