Poison never lies.
Talia was once one of the 12 martyrs of the forgotten compass, a prisoner of the unhuman creatures known only as the vordcha. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact. Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait.
Here she is hailed as one of the city's protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She's been here long enough that Enthait is her home now; these are her people. She loves them and they her. But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die.
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The book has an unexpected focus.
I wouldn't, but I would like to listen to a continuation
Add more travel and more action.
The Poison Eater is based on a tabletop RPG setting called Numenera. So I presumed, it’s going to follow a group of adventurers who traveled through a world 1 billion years in the future. Through ancient ruins full of unimaginable, magick-like technologies of 8 prior civilizations. But we got a story of a woman with a dark secret, who came to live in a nice city. She is torn between her goals and her feelings for 9 hours of that audio book. The rest 38 minutes are dedicated to a short and forced action scene.
That said, Shanna Germain (the author) is really good with characters, so I can’t say I did not enjoy the book at all. The exposition is very slow in the beginning, but that is understandable because Nuemenera is sooooo strange. It takes time to describe it properly. The decision to reveal some key events as memories of the main protagonist, makes it hard to follow the book in small segments (many audible.com clients like to “read” their books while doing other staff).
Despite all criticism, I hope Shanna is going to write a continuation of the story. It has a great large opening for it in the end.
great tale in a stunning setting
- C. Steinhoff