Great Story, June 6, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
World's End is a wonderful book that adds depth to the character BZ and I loved the way BZ descended into madness. It reminded me of the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." This book was not as complex or descriptive as the Summer Queen or the Snow Queen, but I could clearly see this desolate world. I enjoyed the Summer Queen more after reading World's End. When I first read the Summer Queen I had no idea what had happened to BZ on World's End, so some parts in the Summer Queen confused me.
I thought this book is well worth reading and adds more to the Summer Queen.
Joan Vinge is one of my favorite fantasy/science fiction writers. After I finished this book, I realized that I had read it 20 years ago. However, with the experience of life I think understood the author's messages better. This is the story of a basically good man who carries guilt like a shield. He adored his father but could not relate to nor get along with his brothers who were lazy, weak and selfish. As the youngest son he had no rights to the family estates so he left home, to the sorrow of his father, and pursued his own life. His adventures brought his own sorrow, regret and more guilt. When he encounters his brothers again he finds that they have not changed at all. So it is with us all. Even siblings remain people that we cannot tolerate. The hero examines himself in depth and, at last, comes to an acceptance of his life and who he is. The real story is how he got there and the experiences that led him to this point. A most thoughtful and intriguing read!
If you loved "The Snow Queen", you will love this book too. This is BZ Gudhalinu's story. He left Tiamat before the stargate closed, cutting himself off from the woman he loves, the woman who now rules the world Tiamat as the Summer Queen.
BZ is headed to Planet Four, known as World's End, following his brothers who were lured and lost by the rumors of fortune, to learn their fate and to find his own.