|Being of the Field is the start of a new
trilogy by Traci Harding, and also her eleventh book. The trilogy is loosely connected
with her other trilogies: The Ancient Future, The Celestial Triad, and The
Mystique Trilogy. (For those keeping count, she has also written a standalone novel The
Book of Dreams.)
Upfront I have to state that I found it very difficult to get
any enjoyment from reading this book. In fact I had to reward myself with treat books to
continue to the end of what should have been a light easy read. For me, this book was
low-rent melodrama; poorly written at that.
So what was it about Being of the Field that I didnt like
almost everything. The characters were clichés with no real depth or personality;
dramatic tension and differences between the principal protagonists were resolved within
simple and short conversations; characters skills, education, knowledge and abilities were
blithely revised to suit difficult moments in the story; there was over zealous use of
spiritual and spirituality concepts that, while eminently suitable for a fantasy series,
were distinctly out of place in a science fiction setting; deus ex machina escapes; even
the science reeked! There were other failings, but I would be belabouring a point, viz, I
didnt like the book or its style. The only positives I can think of are that the
book was written in English and that the author sells (one doesnt get to eleven
published titles without adequate sales).
So, if you enjoy soap opera melodrama dressed up as science fiction (in truth, fantasy)
then this is the book for you. I, however, would rather have another colonoscopy.