Arall The thoughts as statements. The plot itself bsach decent, but really incidental. Instead he studies the new rules of magic in an attempt to codify and implement them the way pre-Changers used the laws of science. And perhaps maybe self-preservation in the event he succeeded and the old laws of nature returned. Boyett walks a fine line here, with enough nostalgia to satisfy those who just wanted Ariel 2: The fact that he has Yan holed up in the ruins of Hearst Castle in San Simeon has more than a bit of good-natured satire to it. It comes weighted with the disillusionment of a life lived with one eye always glancing over the shoulder at all the missed opportunities and if-onlys.
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Fred keeps busy in Mr. This project, despite some stunning successes, does not go as well as Fred and Yan expect. Beagle sustains in The Last Unicorn , perhaps, but then very few books do. A couple of things about Elegy Beach did annoy me, in fact. Not that characters asked no questions Could you pass the salt. Where is Waldo. Please sir may I have another. And so on What was Boyett thinking there. I dunno. Another, lesser issue I had was with the inconsistencies unnecessary ones, I think between this book and its predecessor.
In Ariel , the Change happened sometime in the s In Elegy Beach , though, the Change must have happened much, much later I love the tension between the children of the Change and those of the old world, and wish Fred the protagonist had fought harder to show his father that the new world was pretty kickass too. This whole "magic as new technology" theme got carried through the story in really innovative, sometimes frightening ways. In fact, the only weakness of the story was the reunion of Pete and Ariel, because both characters had changed so much, grown so bitter with their troubles, that they sort of weighed the story down.
Worse, they served as a constant distraction from other relationships that I wanted to see more of Pete and Fred, Ariel and Fred, Fred and Yan. On the other hand, I was very glad to know what had happened to both characters after the previous book.