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Lifelode

July 21, 2010

Lifelode is an unusual sort of fantasy novel, in that its setting is entirely domestic. Jo Walton’s story is set at the manor house of Applekirk, where Taveth keeps house. It’s her life calling to do so, and she came east with her husband to settle at Applekirk. In this world, time and thought move faster in the east, where there’s more magic, and even gods become personified. Applekirk is in the middle. Bonds outside of marriage can be recognized, whether temporary or long term pairings. A goddess in the East wants all children to be born only to married couples. Hanethe travels home from the East, in trouble and from a much earlier time. Scholar Jankin comes from the West and brings chaos as well. Everyone has different gifts and callings, but may not find them out for decades. I enjoyed this story; it’s a nice change of pace, but it also made me think. I especially liked the concept of time zones being different, not just parallel.

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