Unwrapped Sky

Unwrapped Sky

Rjurik Davidson / Jan 20, 2020

Unwrapped Sky Caeli Amur an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea a city ruled by three Houses fighting internecine wars a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries But things

  • Title: Unwrapped Sky
  • Author: Rjurik Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780765329882
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Caeli Amur an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries But things are changing in Caeli Amur Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun The slightly built New Men bring their technology from their homeland WastelCaeli Amur an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries But things are changing in Caeli Amur Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun The slightly built New Men bring their technology from their homeland Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north Strikes break out in the factory district.In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses How can they rouse the citizens of the city Should they begin a campaign of terror Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli Amur.

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    1. So, this book has quite a low average rating on (3.25) and I can understand why to a degree.It's not written like most fantasy books and many fantasy readers may find it moves them out of their comfort zone. It's more intellectual than most books with a minotaur on the cover. For some reason the style puts me in mind of classic 20th century Russian literature. You want a clear and advancing plot with definite goals? You're not getting it. You want likeable characters? Nope, not really. You want [...]

    2. We've all had those books where it starts off as the greatest thing ever and but somehow along the way loses that spark and makes you reconsider why you're reading it at all. (Actually, if you think about it, this happens a lot in general life. That ice cream tub you bought at midnight for a Netflix marathon that you're suddenly regretting. That ski trail where you're suddenly lost, out of your league, and sure to get your pass revoked when Ski Patrol finds you. That phone call with an old frien [...]

    3. One could be forgiven completely for not knowing what to expect from Unwrapped Sky )going in. The cover suggests that Minotaur are present, which is true but gives no clues as to the greater substance. The back cover hints at dissent within a city, perhaps violence in said city’s future. But what this book is really about is power, pure and simple. Who has it, who wants it, and what people are willing to do with it when they control it.Things are changing in Caeli-Amur. The three major houses [...]

    4. Unwrapped Sky follows three different characters all living in a city called Caeli-Amur. Kata is a Philosopher-Assasin and in debt to one of the Houses that makes up the 'governing body' of the corrupt city. Boris Autec is a sub-officiate for one of the houses, raised up from a simple tramsman, and while trying to do the right thing may do an awful lot of bad things. Finally, Maxamillian is part of a rebel group attempting to initiate a revolution among the people against the houses. This story [...]

    5. It's always an unexpected pleasure to discover a new author this good.Davidson starts this tale with a shocking scene, and keeps the energy going all the way through to the end. As I said in my review of the author's short story, 'Nighttime in Caeli-Amur,' Davidson excels at creating characters who roundly deserve to be condemned for their actions - but still capture the reader's empathy, if not sympathy.Their home, Caeli-Amur, feels like a real place. It's vivid, teeming with dreams, ambition, [...]

    6. **NOTE: All quotations are taken from an uncorrected digital galley and are therefore provisional. Quotes will be corrected when the book is released.**Long ago, so the legends say, a war between the gods ripped the world asunder, poisoning the lands of the northern wastes, sending the ancient city of Caeli-Enas into the depths of the seas, twisting the art of thaumaturgy so that it warps the body and mind of its practitioners, fracturing the veil between this world and the horrors that wait on [...]

    7. I'm a harsh rater and this is a 3.5 but I rounded it up to 4 because it deserves more than the average rating here. I've seen many comparisons to Mielville and I can understand that, this a solidly built up fantastical world that is beautiful but also very grimy. And while many don't love China's lush and love of language and words, I do. I dreamed China's Bas-Long, and it was fully alive in my imagination as I read. With Unwrapped Sky, there were only a few of these internal images and they wer [...]

    8. A nemesis is someone whose funeral you would attend in a black suit with red hands, mourning quietly and without histrionics, tossing your handful of dirt upon the coffin, offering honest condolences to the bereaved. In that spirit, and with his blessing, I will hereby offer an honest review of Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky (my second, in fact, though the first was tendered without having actually read the book.) Doing so goes against my own instincts and the code of our shared guild, one of t [...]

    9. Unwrapped Sky tells the tale of the city of Caeli-Amur and it inhabitants. The Houses who rule Caeli-Amur have guarded their power jealously. But in the bowels of the city a group of seditionists are plotting to take control and overthrow the Houses. As events unfold and spiral out of control, and violence and terror erupt, only one thing is for certain the city of Caeli-Amur will change forever. Review - Where do I begin perhaps with an opening statement?I LOVE this book!Seriously it was that g [...]

    10. This review is mainly to point people towards some online pieces relating to Unwrapped Sky that people might find interesting.First, if you want to read an excerpt:tor/stories/2014/03/unThen the non-fiction, most importantly, finding Unwrapped Sky:torbooks/2014/04/24/findA co-interview with Ben Peek:fantasy-faction/2014/rjuriOther interviews:adventuresinscifipublishinebookplank/2014/qwillery/2014/04/i.anburrage/news/an-omerangbooks/plaBlog posts:Creating wonderful worlds:qwillery/2014/05/gMagic [...]

    11. 3.5 / 5Unwrapped Sky has an amazingly realized fantasy world both beautiful and harsh. The city of Caeli-Amur is a place where thaumaturgical magic and ancient technology are melded together in such a way I haven’t seen before. The citizens are ruled by three Houses that hold ultimate power in the city. If you do not work for one of these Houses then you are likely to be used up and trampled beneath their maneuvering.Let’s start a revolution​The city has quite a few interesting fantasy rac [...]

    12. Writing 5/5Imagination 5/5Plot 5/5Setting 5/5Characters 5/5My Overall Enjoyment 5/5This is an ARC from Netgalley. This book comes out April 15.Stunningly beautiful and original, a mix of steampunk and ancient mythology with a blend of action and suspense, this is a readers book. The descriptions of the city Caeli-Amur and its technology were astounding; it was so easy to imagine the trains, steamers, machines, moving about this world. The opening scene at the Festival of the Bull, which introduc [...]

    13. A good friend recommended Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky to me. When I asked him what it was about, he told me he couldn't and just instead summarized what he read. After having finished it, I can see what he meant. I am still racking my mind on how I could summarize Unwrapped Sky and go into my review. Here's the old college try!Caeli-Amur is a city that is ruled by three Houses: Technis, Arbor, and Marin. These Houses have secrets about how to better wield and recover from the effects of Thau [...]

    14. Unwrapped Sky is one of those books that just worked for me on almost every level. Some readers might shy away from it, as this book does have quite a lot of layers and things to unpeel as you go, but for the most part, speculative fiction fans should add this to their to-be-read pile. Unwrapped Sky is stunningly written, and the world is so lush, vibrant and full of nuances and detail that it absolutely enchanted me. The characters are easy to like, and their stories are interesting. And minota [...]

    15. originally posted at: thebookplank/2014Another author that is taking a step to the stage this year with a cracking debut is Rjurik Davidson and his Unwrapped Sky. Rjurik Davidson was the winner of the Ditmar Award as Best New Talent and has also won the Aurealis Award for his short fiction. He works as an columnist and film and literary critic. I learned late last year about Unwrapped Sky and it made it directly onto my to read list. I had read several genre bending and breaking books last year [...]

    16. “One doesn’t attract support before fighting, one fights to attract support. It’s a way of showing that things cannot continue as usual, of showing that resistance is possible.”The newest addition to the Science-Fantasy subgenre, Weird, is Rjurik Davidson. His novel, Unwrapped Sky, is one of those rare stories that manages to blur the lines between technology and magic, characterization and plot, and what is truly black or white. There’s beautiful imagination tucked in every page, and [...]

    17. I've read some of Davidson's short stories and quite enjoyed them. I think he's an intelligent writer with a social conscience and I was looking forward to Unwrapped Sky when I heard it was coming out. Added to that is there seems to some amazing talent coming out of the antipodes, with Mark T. Barnes and Rjurik Davidson at the forefront of what may be a reverse literary colonisation of the rest of the fantasy world. :) If these two are any indication, Australia is the place to watch for emergin [...]

    18. Well, that was disappointing.I wish I remembered who or where I received a recommendation for this book. Because I'd like to severely downgrade them as a source of information.First off: this book may be better than I think: I did not finish it. I only read the first ten chapters (of 51). So perhaps its faults were corrected and it went on to become awesome. It's possible!But those ten chapters had me groaning with exasperation. This is one of the most graceless books I've read in awhile.The aut [...]

    19. This book started off very strong, and then it just went down hill up to the very end.The overall premise and the world are quite interesting, and I think that that is what drew me into the book, but it somehow failed to deliver on its promise of awesomeness. The writing was lyrical, but at the same time very dry, and the lengthily descriptions started to really bug me after a while. The character building was practically non existent, no one had a distinct voice, and I can't honestly remember e [...]

    20. (Full review here: bibliotropic/2014/05/14/un)At the end, what I can say is that Unwrapped Sky still met and surpassed my expectations, was a wonderful story to sink into, and satisfied a craving for a new fantasy that was unlike any other that I’ve experienced. If you’re looking for a novel that will stand the test of time, that tells a strong and complex story with a fresh perspective, or if you’re just looking for a good solid fantasy that doesn’t just stick to standard conventions an [...]

    21. Originally published at Risingshadow.Unwrapped Sky is Rjurik Davidson's debut novel. It's an impressive, satisfyingly complex and beautifully written new weirdish fantasy novel that invites comparison with China Miéville's Bas-Lag novels and Anthony Huso's new weird duology (The Last Page and Black Bottle).Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original, ambitious and unique combination of fantasy, dark fantasy and steampunk elements. This debut novel casts a long shadow and many new fantasy novels fall [...]

    22. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I compensated for my review. Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson is my first read in the New Weird genre, and I don’t think it will be my last. New Weird is a literary genre that started in the 1990’s. If you’re like me and had no idea what that means, here’s a definition of New Weird by two of its writers Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, that appears in their work The New Weird:"A type o [...]

    23. Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 4 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: NetGalleyReviewer: MeUnwrapped Sky is an ambitions fantasy novel with a breathtakingly vast world tangled in a web of deceit, betrayal, and revolution. Set in a unique semi-steampunk fantasy universe, the ancient city of Caeli-Amur is under attack by the threats of war and change. Ruled by three separate Houses, the citizens who battle harsh working conditions, life on the streets, technology gone awry and re [...]

    24. In a world where Houses rule, each dedicated to a specific field, individuals are forced to either belong or die. The punishment is death. However, traces of the gods and their mysterious machines lie everywhere. There is unrest and a young thaumaturge braves the deep sea to arrive at the hidden city and unlock the power of the ancients. The main characters are loners, each battling internal demons, each doing their best to survive in an unforgiving world.

    25. It was difficult to decide between four and five stars for this one (half stars, please !). I went with five stars because at the end of the year, I use my five star ratings to look back on the wonderful reading experiences, the ones that engage brain and heart and change you a little - and there's no question Unwrapped Sky is on that list.This book is crazy ambitious for a first novel. It's to our benefit Davidson is good enough to pull it off.The book is worth reading for the imaginative world [...]

    26. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.This is a difficult book to get a feel for. It's set in a sort of classic Greek/Roman type of city, but there are also trams, vacuum based document carriers, and other technological advances. New Weird probably describes it best. Probably the best part of the book is the city, Caeli-Amur. Davidson invests the city with a life and character all its own. It's got grimy slums where street kids will try to sell yo [...]

    27. ARC provided by Tor Books through NetgalleyCaeli-Amur, an ancient city, a relic of a golden age long since past where pieces of broken technology are trinkets that adorn cramped houses.It's a place where minotaurs exist alongside philosopher-assassins, a place abandoned by the gods and left broken. Its sister city, Caeli-Enas sunk deep within the ocean and can be seen glimmering beneath the waves, its streets of white marble inhabited by monstrous serpents. A place ruled by three Houses and kept [...]

    28. It’s hard to categorise Davidson’s Unwrapped Sky in more than a general sense (as Fantasy) and this is a good thing. It’s vivid and evocative descriptions belie the origins of a world that began in the realm of short stories (several of Davidson’s earlier published short works are set in this world) where your words must do much heavier lifting. Consequently Unwrapped Sky feels very richly realised to me, dirty, gritty, tangible. In places this might slow the ride a little but when David [...]

    29. In places, this book is sublime. First the negatives: I found the weird fiction elements slightly overdone, giving rise to the sensation Davidson had rather thrown the kitchen sink at the novel intellectually. There seemed to be a lot of tropes in there, fighting for space, when maybe fewer explored in greater detail would have been more persuasive as a weird but convincing cityscape. But then, I read and write an awful lot of weird cityscapes. I also felt the prose slightly forced in places, cr [...]

    30. Here's another review book I couldn't finish. It suffered from many of the same symptoms as "The Waking Engine" by David Eddison did, but Rjurik Davidson did give his characters a bit more room to come to life.While Eddison simply seemed to have added characters in order to show off his fancy world building, Davidson shifts perspective to keep things moving. However, every single chapter starts with a few pages of boring exposition, there is little dialogue and not nearly enough world building s [...]

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