More literary fanart. I've FINALLY gotten around to reading Forward the Mage, by Eric Flint and Richard Roach. It's essentially a prequel to The Philosophical Strangler, which was awesome. Forward the Mage... Is less so. Sort of. See, the book is written in the style of a flea, travelling Miyoga-styles on the apprentice of Zulkeh, the Mage of the title. The problem with this is that... well, the flea is verbose. He takes YEARS to say that Zulkeh got on the coach, for instance. He describes how Sheylid, the apprentice, UNFOLDS CLOTH, for christs sake. Luckily, the other part of the book follows Benvenuti Sfondrati-Piccolomini, a young artist, and Gwendolyn Greyboar, a young anarchist, and that part of the book is much more enjoyable. They banter quite well.
But Gwendolyn is by far my favorite character so far. She's a wiseass, she's a tough lady. Much respect, plus respect to the cleaver she carries. Whoo. She's described as being distrustful, suspicious, intelligent, huge, and - by Benvenuti - as being like a goddess of passion and fury. The boy needs to get out more.