January 1, 2010

Review: In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D'Amato

In the Courts of the Sun

By now we all know the story of December 21, 2012. It's the last day of the Mayan calendar and the day the world will end. But not if the Sacrifice Game player, Jed DeLanda, has anything to say about it.

When Jed learns about the ability to send consciousness back in time through a wormhole he immediately volunteers for the trip. His goal will be to learn the Game from the top Mayan players in 664 AD to better predict events in 2012 to eventually stop the end of the world.

As he wakes up in the mind of a Maya in 664 AD he quickly realizes two things have gone wrong. First, instead of taking over a Mayan king, he is in the mind and body of a ballplayer who is about to throw himself off a temple as a sacrifice. Secondly instead of the ballplayer's mind being wiped clean with Jed's conscious taking its place, the ball player is fully aware that Jed is trying to take over his body and is fully intent on following through with his death.

First off I have to congratulate myself on finishing this one. At 679 pages its one of the longest books I've read in a long time and I have to say sometimes the pages were slow going.

Even though I got through the whole book I just couldn't get a handle on the Sacrifice Game. As a consequence anytime anything relating to the Game was discussed I felt totally lost. What makes up for that disappointment was the incredible descriptions of the Mayan people and their cities. It's really amazing how I could easily visualize the settings.

Overall there is a good story lying in between the confusion of the Game components but I probably won't be reading the next two books in the trilogy.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

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bermudaonion said...

Sounds interesting, but I think I'll skip this one, since it also sounds confusing. Thanks for your review.

Toni said...

Nice review. I can't say my brain could take it... But I am glad to know of the book. It does sound interesting.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.