Reviews of Octagonal Raven (2001)
Review by alanhunt (2003-08-22)
Having only read L.E. Modesitt's fantasy fare before this book, I had little idea what to expect. Some authors don't make the transition between SF and fantasy well, but Modesitt proved (at least on the strength of this book) to be one who writes equally well in either genre.
Octagonal Raven is an engaging tale of mystery and suspense (who is trying to kill the main character?) but with a solid and intrieguing philosophical underpinning that is often lacking in SF/Fantasy novels. The questions that the book raises about societies of the elite are hardly new, but he manages to make the issues very accessable, without going to the extremes of Ayn Rand. The hero doesn't conform to many easy stereotypes , and manages to present a way to avoid tyranny while not caving in to the envy of the masses.
This was a solid read, and engaging from both action and pondering perspectives. I would definitely recommend it.