It was the premise of Every Heart a Doorway that enticed me most: the idea of a school–a haven–for children who went through fantastical portals and experienced adventures and magic and danger. I imagined a cast of characters that would be like putting Dorothy Gale, Alice, the Pevensie children, and so many other characters who I envied as a child for finding those magical doors, being put up in school together.
For such a huge book, The Falcon Throne tells quite a tight story. The dramas are quite personal and intense ones–lovers torn apart by others’ political ambition, a young woman trapped in the gilded cage of her rank, an innkeeper protecting her children even from their own pasts.
This year got away on my in strange ways–some enjoyable, some less so, such is life. But 2016 is looking like a pretty neat dive while I only stand on the edge of it.
Literary, expertly crafted mythology and worldbuilding, and that incredible Kay ability to create a host of beautiful characters have made for a series that may be as dear to me now as Lord of the Rings.