Review of The Woman of the Void (The Kota Series) by Sunshine Somerville
On, on brief candle
Highly focused. Succinct. Precocious and fearless in its conception and in its confidence of wielding the level of artistry whose spell produces the magical pact for a willing suspension of disbelief. Thankfully so since the author’s strategy of pushing the story along at times comes at the expense of satisfying the reader’s appetite for further detail. One doesn’t want to get bogged down, she might with some justice argue. And, don’t get in the way of my creative process! – she might further declaim. Quite. This is not to say that she fails to assure the reader of an attentive presence. As with “The wind blowing in off the sea was gentler and hardly noticed.” It is the last “hardly noticed” in our literature that promises forever to undermine any attempts to have a computer program replace the need for the human touch.
This kind of convincing moment gives the sense of a pleasing and delicate immanence that the rigours of the story line elsewhere do not betray. Charm me! is the reader’s constant demand and The Woman of the Void does so until its abrupt end. It appears that one must avail oneself of the rest of the series in order to avoid unnecessary frustration. The evidence of this particular instalment persuades why not.