book reviews by Althea

Convocation (Tremontaine Season 2, Episode 1) – Ellen Kushner ***

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Convocation by Ellen Kushner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Season 2 of this serial begins!

And… here we go! The setting of this first episode is a party at which all our main characters make an appearance. It’s an obvious device to create an excuse to introduce new readers to all of our prime movers (and to remind returning readers who everyone is and where they’re at) but it’s really done quite well – I didn’t find myself bored or annoyed by the reminders at any point.

The scheming duchess Diane is front-and-center here, and it may not be enough for her to have a lucrative trade deal with the Kinwiinick traders, and the freedom she’s grabbed by getting her husband out of the picture – what if she could hold Tremontaine in her own right, rather than merely through virtue of her marriage?

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