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Immortal Longings (1) (Flesh & False Gods) (vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Chloe Gong (Tekijä)

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"Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin will flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches. Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty...and she was the one who did it. Before King Kasa's forces in San can catch her, she plans to finish the job and bring down the monarchy. Her reclusive uncle always greets the victor of the games, so if she wins, she gets her opportunity at last to kill him. Enter Anton Makusa, an exiled aristocrat. His childhood love has lain in a coma since they were both ousted from the palace, and he's deep in debt trying to keep her alive. Thankfully, he's one of the best jumpers in the kingdom, flitting from body to body at will. His last chance at saving her is entering the games and winning. Calla finds both an unexpected alliance with Anton and help from King Kasa's adopted son, August, who wants to mend Talin's ills. But the three of them have very different goals, even as Calla and Anton's partnership spirals into something all-consuming. Before the games close, Calla must decide what she's playing for--her lover or her kingdom"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:melodyoflove23
Teoksen nimi:Immortal Longings (1) (Flesh & False Gods)
Kirjailijat:Chloe Gong (Tekijä)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2023), 384 pages
Kokoelmat:Physical Realm Library, TBR - Owned, Oma kirjasto
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August is the heir to the empire of Talin, but he has plans to depose the current ruler, King Kasa, with some help from Calla Tuoleimi - a princess who killed her own parents and is believed to be dead. She's entered into the games, an annual event in the twin cities of San-Er, allowing the last person alive to gain an enormous amount of money and leave the impoverished populace behind. The plan is for Calla to win, with August's help, and as the victor when she's given access to the King, to kill him. But Anton Makusa, a former friend of August's, may just foil that plan as he enters the games with motives of his own and forges an alliance with Calla.

I'm ambivalent about this book, which has some elements that I very much enjoy, but doesn't quite live up to its promise. It's one of those blended science fiction/fantasy stories that seems to be set in the future, but also has magic elements, in this case the ability of people with really strong qi to "jump" into another body and take over for a period of time (or for good, if the stronger person so decides). The games will sound familiar to anyone who has read [The Hunger Games], though decidedly more violent in this adult book where, to keep the person from jumping, they must be killed quickly, often decapitated. Added to that the nods to [Antony and Cleopatra], which this is inspired by rather than a retelling of, and you just get A Lot thrown into a plot. The romance aspect kind of came out of nowhere, when all of a sudden they were attracted to each other, and was never developed to my satisfaction. And I'm not a huge fan of narratives told in present tense. I never quite got to the point where I could sink in and enjoy the story, but I remained intrigued throughout. That all being said, the idea of what one can do with their qi leaves much to be explored in future volumes of this planned trilogy, and the ending of this one left me curious enough to read the next one. ( )
  bell7 | Feb 24, 2024 |
Couldn't decide about this one. I'm still ambivalent - and the ending was just ... odd? ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 22, 2023 |
This was my first Chloe Gong book, and sadly, I was kind of disappointed. The story was slow a lot where it felt like nothing relevant was really happening, and the world building was repetitive, info dumpy and confusing. Honestly, the only reason I'm probably going to continue the series is because of the twist at the end of the book. The book still got 3 stars because outside of the world building, I liked the language and writing style. There are a lot of good quotes in the book. I also didn't hate the character work. I definitely want to try out Chloe Gong's YA novels to see if I like them better than this one. ( )
  TimeLord10SPW | Nov 3, 2023 |
An ambitious move after a string of great YA books. It pulled me in nicely and despite the ongoing gorefest, it kept me turning pages. The main characters are intriguing with the reveals about two of them, one at the very end, well done. I'll be greatly interested to see where book two takes the players. ( )
  sennebec | Aug 14, 2023 |
The first thing you should know about Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong is that it is not for those squeamish about blood and violence. There are enough gory fighting scenes to tempt the blood-thirstiest reader. Personally, I love a good, bloody scene. I like when authors are willing to put their characters through hell and are not afraid to capture the action in detail. To me, doing so adds depth to the characters because such scenes show the limits of a character's morality, that line in the sand that no one should cross without consequences. Ms. Gong does this with aplomb to Calla and Anton, and the novel is better as a result.

The second thing you should know about Immortal Longings is that when your main cast can jump into other bodies, you should not trust anything you read. Even Calla and Anton have an identifying phrase to indicate when Anton is in a new body. There is so much happening during the story that what you see on the surface is only a glimpse of the truth. Like any good author, Ms. Gong only shows you what she wants you to see. From the first page to the last, she is stingy with her reveals, making you and the characters work for each one. As each reveal peels back another layer of this intricate story, you are more than happy to do that work.

Any story inspired by Antony and Cleopatra is bound to be filled with political intrigues and plots within plots. Once again, Ms. Gong does not disappoint by staying true to her inspiration. Immortal Longings stays true to its inspiration. Calla has her plans. Anton has his, and August also has plans for the kingdom. That they decide to join forces is in no way a deterrence to their objectives. Half the fun of the novel is watching them trying to achieve their individual aims while maintaining their partnership. It is an understatement to say that it gets complicated, but that's what makes Immortal Longings so good.

The setting of Immortal Longings is a character in its own right. The entire novel occurs in and around twin cities that have somehow morphed into one ginormous city called San-Er. This city is a fantastic example of what life could be like should climate change adversely affect rural areas and force everyone to live in cities. What Ms. Gong describes is chilling in its clarity. The sheer volume of people stacked on top of people stacked on top of people renting rooms in buildings because of a lack of money. The filth and the cacophony are visceral. The conjoined cities make for some fantastic chase scenes, but Ms. Gong makes it very clear that no one should ever have to live that way.

I consider Ms. Gong's foray into adult fiction a major success. Immortal Longings has an abundance of great things with no downsides. With a mysterious and complex plot combined with pacing that is the perfect balance between action and development, the characters become the stars of the show with their thorough background stories and the insights we receive into their thoughts. The ending left me gasping and broken-hearted. With a publication date of 18 July 2023, make sure you get your hands on a copy of Immortal Longings because I guarantee you will be seeing it on year-end best lists in December! ( )
  jmchshannon | Jul 13, 2023 |
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"Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin will flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches. Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty...and she was the one who did it. Before King Kasa's forces in San can catch her, she plans to finish the job and bring down the monarchy. Her reclusive uncle always greets the victor of the games, so if she wins, she gets her opportunity at last to kill him. Enter Anton Makusa, an exiled aristocrat. His childhood love has lain in a coma since they were both ousted from the palace, and he's deep in debt trying to keep her alive. Thankfully, he's one of the best jumpers in the kingdom, flitting from body to body at will. His last chance at saving her is entering the games and winning. Calla finds both an unexpected alliance with Anton and help from King Kasa's adopted son, August, who wants to mend Talin's ills. But the three of them have very different goals, even as Calla and Anton's partnership spirals into something all-consuming. Before the games close, Calla must decide what she's playing for--her lover or her kingdom"--

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