Get a handle on the world of Penance "where Amandine Sand is a trapeze artist who has to hide her true self The circus references and "Amandine Sand is a trapeze artist who has to hide her true self The circus references and were fascinating clearly Jill Shultz has either always wanted to run away and join the circus or she did a reat deal of research Some of the descriptions made me feel like I was flying along with Amandine Since I teach in a school that has a uaker heritage I also enjoyed the uaker like Seekers and their deep commitment to pacifism and compromise while surrounded by chaos and often terror We could all use a little of that inner calm when faced with things like the Boston Marathon bombing and long kidnapped women If you like sci fifantasy this is a multi layered book wo I downloaded Angel on the Ropes from Net Galley and read that the protagonist is a leopard This led me to the conclusion that she is a shifter who changes into a jungle cat I m definitely open to reading about shifters It s become a very popular feature of urban fantasy So I thought that the central character Amandine lives in a future society where the prejudice du jour is against people who can shift into leopard form I also wondered if she had a prehensile tail that would let her swing from a trapeze as a leopard That was a truly awesome mental image Then I discovered that Amandine is not a shifter and had to push my internal re set button Jill Shultz s speculative imagination had Medicinal Mushrooms A Clinical Guide gone in a completely different direction Amandine is a one of a minority of humans who had been born with spots on her skin which resemble a once virulent disease Leopards are unjustly believed to spread this disease This is the flawed rationale behind the prejudice against themThere are some interesting charactersreat circus research trenchant commentary on current social problems and respect for alternate forms of sexuality in this book view spoilerThough the central romantic relationship is heterosexual I actually thought that the romantic hero very much resembled Roarke from JD Robb s futuristic In Death series This is not a criticism I like Roarke hide spoiler I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Jill Shultz s Angel on the Ropes Despite its The Long Road Home good press I was at first only moderately interested The cover is what drew me into reading this book It is uite simply a piece of art The colors and complexity of it just take my breath away At first I wasn t sure if I would enjoy this book The writing was well done and I could easily slip into the story and explanations of characters were smooth and fit well with the story What caught me was how confused I felt at first with what wasoing on The details of Penance its society and landscape felt too little and I was often left wondering what was oing on or how things were supposed to look like exactly My lack in knowledge of acrobatics also made it difficult to picture the acrobatic FLYING SCENES WHILE MANY THINGS GOT EXPLAINED EVENTUALLY IT scenes While many things ot explained eventually it me most of the book to understand some of these details that I thought could have been mentioned soonerWhat I loved most were the characters Shultz really excelled at making them come to life The inter Amandine Sand is a leopard a person born with spots discriminated against because of the misguided belief that leopards carry a plague She is also a trapeze artist Amandine lives a double life in the spotlight of the circus with her spots carefully covered by makeup and working for the Seekers helping other leopards Beatrix Potter get to safe houses When she meets a man who takes her breath away if she isn t careful both her worlds could be in dangerThis book made me wish I knew about the trapeze The descriptions of Amandine s and Jango s performances were beautiful and I felt like they d be even beautiful if I knew enough about the trapeze to be able to accurately picture the act in my headThe Plaguellants are very frightening villains Religious zealots that hunt down and kill leopards towards theoal of purifying the world they really show how the scariest bad uys are the ones who really believe they re the ood uys This makes the eventual humanising of one of the Plaguellants all the powerful and strangeI love the casual depiction of LGBT characters in this book Several of the main characters are shown to be bi or pan sexual and it s just part of the characters that s never what the story is about It s uite refreshing There are even polyamorous characters with a small plot line about the difficulties in a relationship between a poly and a monoAngel on the Ropes is beautifully written with a thrilling depiction of circus life a spicy romance and a frightening class struggle fueled by ignorance and intolerance Oh and made up swear words that actually seem natural not like they re trying to hard to sound like fantasysci fi which made up words in these enres too often do Amandine s use of the phrase moulti tiva in particular always seemed so fitting I appreciate an author who can make up ood swear words and other expressions4 starsFull disclosure Free ebook copy received from the publisher through NetgalleyThis review is copied from my blog The Towering Pile It was originally published here. Tranger who leaves her breathless And might just be the biggest risk of all If her trust is misplaced and she’s unmasked everyone she loves and everything she’s fought for could crashIn her darkest hour Amandine must draw upon everything she’s learned from the circus and Seekers to bring peace to her fractured society Can a reluctant angel fly beyond her limits to save her life her love and her wor. .
Is breaking off her relationship with a woman she loves but who she doesn t think loves her so much as regards her as another exotic trophy She meets a man who instantly provokes something in her Love at first sight But he s a rich Titan a well off popular class who just happens to have made an offer to buy their financially struggling circusFourth it is a sci fi This is not a main plot point rather an excellent setting and I think the author did a wonderful job of creating an interesting futuristic world that SUPPORTED the story rather than being the POINT of the story Things like everybody swearing moulti tiva I have no idea what that is where it came from but they do it so naturally and through the book I felt myself thinking it it s that natural I enjoyed how the tech was incorporated into Amandine s life but you just understand it it doesn t have to be explained which is the best way I really admire the author s work thereNow with this lowing review I have to explain why 4 stars instead of 5 Really I m being finicky because like I said I really enjoyed it So there are just a couple things First I would have liked to read about the origins of the planet Penance I suppose perhaps it s better not knowing who terraformed it and how it was adapted by the humans because that s not the point of the story but it was so interesting I really wanted to know Wait does that deserve negative points Second I thought the trouble with the disgusting snake fish was brilliant but then it vanishes The threat is one because some other threat supersedes it Or did I miss something Mostly however I was a little put off by the ending I felt the story and writing was strong the whole way until the end Then it turned into something rather idealistically wishy washy I suppose parts of it were realistic You can t solve century old problems with a couple uick meetings you can t immediately put world reforming ideas into practice And with Amandine s story nicely wrapped up maybe it doesn t make sense to focus on the societal structuring But it was a bit strange And there is a character who undergoes a drastic reformation of his own In part it was interesting in part it was well done but in part he was just too crazy to end up in this complacent way If you are a fan of sci fi and secretly like romances then this is definitely a book for you If you like romances and don t care if it s sci fi then why haven t you read it yet RecommendedRead on a Kindle I ot this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review25 stars I enjoyed some parts of the story but others almost made me ive up at times especially in the beginning not enough for me to drop the book thoughThe circus routines are described in marvellous ways and I found it easy to picture them even though I m not too familiar with such performances They didn t seem repetitive either and I could feel that the author had done her research and put a lot of care into making her readers be in the audience rather than remain distanciated readersThe world presented in The Book Is Also A Complex One A Very Peculiar book is also a complex one a very peculiar a Dyson sphere than a traditional solar system with its various classes and problems However things were a "little confusing at first regarding those and it took me some time to "confusing at first regarding those and it took me some time to what Titans or Seekers really were although the author introduced all those in such a way as to avoid info dumping which is ood What constituted the biggest problem for me with Angel on the Ropes was that the plot seemed to end up dwarfed and rushed at some point It started with concepts such as leopards people born with spots on their skins being hunted down and killed by Plaguellants religious extremists who believe said leopards are responsible for a terrible illness Around the 40% mark it then moved to something complex involving a very flawed healthcare system in which people have to Identity gamble in casinos in order have some of of their organs healed winning means receiving cures losing meansetting indentured sometimes for years Another subplot involved a species imported from Earth with the potential of totally thwarting the local ecosystem All of those collided into something pretty complex and I felt that they would have deserved development As it is the story seemed rushed in parts with too many others left in the dark or dropped along the wayThe ending especially made me feel let down While I understand what it tried to achieve and this was a beautiful lesson it didn t solve the aforementioned subplots It also made some characters appear as they had taken a U turn that may have happened sure but only later with meat and reasons in between so to say I kept waiting for and didn t happenI don t know if this is the beginning of a series or a standalone book If there s a second volume on its way it could explain why some subplots were left aside for now but I m not sure I won an advance reading copy of this book on GoodReads and I am Whom The Gods Destroy glad that I did It is a very inventive and creative story that takes place within such a rich environment that at first I was a bit confused about all that wasoing on It took me awhile to. Rds to an underground shelter run by the pacifist Seekers At night with her own spots hidden she takes to the air the one place this extraordinary artist feels free and loriously aliveWhen the persecution of leopards explodes into widespread violence the Seekers demand of her time But her circus is teetering toward bankruptcy and desperately needs her too She has no time to breatheand then she meets a Amandine lives on Penance a Dyson sphere orbiting a sun far "from Earth She is a circus performer on the trapeze Perhaps "Earth She is a circus performer on the trapeze Perhaps strength and athletic ability are enhanced by her being a leopard person this seems likely but the emphasis of the book is on her altered appearance with spots and blotches of colour such as one white eyebrow and one dark spot on her cheek She has to wear heavy makeup to hide her true nature from priest like thugs who hunt and kill any deviants Leopard people we are told first appeared at the same time as a new plague began to spread and while this was a coincidence not everyone saw it that way Amandine has been in hiding for most of her life and the circus ave her a way to earn her living in safety as well as teaching her the joys of almost flight She has made friends and fitted in well Other leopard people however are in peril as hunters find them so she tries to help them reach sanctuary We Hawthorne get the viewpoint of the main antagonist a priest called Brother Sterling perhaps a little too often as this distracts us from Amandine s story The world building is excellent and rich detail does not overwhelm because we can take it at a suitable rate An introduced species an alien fish from Earth which could outcompete the local fish provides somerisly pages but does show how close the mindset of the priests and the people trying to stop the spread of this invasive alien can come Overall this is a well researched book with plenty of action circus detail and environmental awareness SF fans will be happiest with the read but other readers such as those who like paranormal stories can also enjoy it Angel on the Ropes takes place on Penance a space colony orbiting Earth and focuses on the trials and tribulations of Amandine Sand She s a brilliant trapeze artist who s been with the Cristallo Circus for seventeen years Unfortunately she s also a leopard which means she was born with spot like birthmarks all over her body a condition that many incorrectly associate with the spread of the dreaded plaguepox virus Although the Cristallo Circus has secretly provided a haven for its leopard performers for years Amandine still finds herself covering up her spots with makeup whenever she Zoeys Broken Heart Making Out 26 goes out in public The main opponents of leopards are the hostile Plaguellants a futuristic kind of Ku Klux Klan obsessed withenetic purity as well as the eradication of all How To Cure Backache Caused By Disc Problems germs and plaguepox Opposing the Plaguellants are the Spots militant leopards that fight back against these futuristicermaphobes but all too often end up causing just as much mayhem as their enemies Amandine herself is with the Seekers an organization which embraces pacifism and tries to find a healthy medium between these two extremes Although she is devoted to the circus she finds herself devoting and time to the Seekers
as political tensionspolitical tensions and violence threatens to erupt throughout the entire colonyLike all ood science fiction this story is big on ideas I absolutely loved the idea of the colony s health care system which relies solely on health casinos to provide people with medical insurance If you lose too many times at the casino ames you become an indentured servant to the system The characters while believable and sympathetic could have been developed However I do understand that when writing science fiction it S Better To Develop Fresh New Ideas Rather Than Focus better to develop fresh new ideas rather than focus characters this is one of the few times you will ever see me defending the importance of plot over characters A interesting twist on the modern health care crisis I d recommend Angel on the Ropes to any lover of classical science fiction Set in the far future on another world the novel explores prejudice in all its varied forms through Amandine a trapeze artist The world of Penance is fully realized with Radical Feminists Of Heterodoxy good descriptions of the life forms and how people found this world The different factions on Penance are set up believably and lines drawn uickly Amandine is lots of fun to follow through her circus act with her circus family poor Bix and Seeker family to finding true love A fun way to spend several hours and the story lines end well Received free copy to review I was carried away by this book well I can say I was always excited toet back to it which doesn t happen a lot I LOVED the sci fi world she built The romance was decent The class struggle didn t bother me And the writing was lovelyWhat is this book about I would say the first thing is that it is about class struggle between the leopards people with spots and discolorations thought to be diseased and the Plaguellants a religious order deeply committed to wiping out any disease on the planet Penance Second it is about Amandine a leopard who finds a place at a circus as a trapeze artist no not a trapeze artist a GREAT trapeze artist The descriptions of her performances are uite fun and easy to visualize All her life she has been hiding being a leopard and this story is what happens when she is forced to accept who she isShe is also a Seeker one who helps other leopards in a sort of underground railway But she s not so The Hermetic Garden Of Daniel Stolcius good at thatThird it is a romance Amandine. An incomparable trapeze artist who lives to fly is about to hit theround hard Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives hobbled by a life threatening secret She’s a leopard one of the spotted humans wrongly accused of being a plague carrier Leopards like her are hunted by zealots to protect their offworld colony from the scourge Despite this threat Amandine spends her days uiding other leopa. ,