Book Review: Iron Council

IronCouncilby Michael D. Pederson


Iron Council
China Miéville
Ballantine Books, 564 pp.

Just when you think that you have some idea where Miéville is going with his New Crobuzon series he changes the rules again. As usual, there’s much more going on than can be easily summed up, but I’ll try… It’s now a generation later in New Crobuzon and the oppressed working class and the Remade are on the verge of revolt. At the core of the revolt is Judah Low, a golemist—it’s worth the price of admission just to see Miéville’s imaginative use of golems—who has dedicated his life to spreading hope through the underbelly of society. He’s also the lone connection between the Runagate Rebellion and the mythic Iron Council that left years before on the Perpetual Train. While the chaos brews, enemies of New Crobuzon are planning an invasion. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? It starts a little slower than The Scar did but once it starts gaining speed it becomes an unstoppable beast leading to the grandest (and strangest) conclusion yet. This time around Miéville adds a solid dose of Western into his trans-genre cocktail, proving once again that he is the undisputed master of this new style of science fiction.


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