Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Kingdom of Vosh by Jason C. Conley

This is a fantasy novel with socio-political overtones or a socio-political novel with fantasy underpinnings.  A self absorbed Princess comes of age in this steam punk story.

Jasper is a spoiled Princess.  She faces traumatic events that remove her from her comfort zone.   The events are analyzed and observed in detail by the author.  This is why I characterized the story as socio-political.   The sociological background of the King's behavior leads to the events that impact Jasper's life.  

The stand of the King has placed the kingdom in a stasis bubble in regard to the surrounding countries whose economies outstrip Vosh's economy.   The political aspects are the explanation why if good men do nothing then evil has free rein.   It is entirely possible I am reading more into the story than the author intended but the interlocking aspects of economics, sociology and psychology hit three of my college minors.   This coincidence leads me to look at the underlying reasons for the character's behavior.

The author also address intolerance with the treatment of Volk and his people.   The Piksi and the air captains add a lot of color and flavor to the story.

I recommend the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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