Award-winning authors Steven Brust and Emma Bull join forces to create an exquisite and delectable treat for discerning readers. Set in 1849, Freedom and Necessity introduces us to its characters through their personal correspondence.
James Cobham awakes in a pub on the coast of England not exactly sure who he is. As he regains his memory, he discovers that he is in fact presumed dead. Reaching out to his cousin for answers, he finds himself embroiled in a fight that will challenge his morals, his prowess, and his political beliefs. Full of dashing and debonair characters, much swashbuckling and defiance of social mores, Freedom and Necessity is an absolute delight.
Each character created here is fully fleshed. Brust and Bull lead readers through the story, meting out explanation in bits and pieces, which only serves to heighten the enjoyment. At times, discussions on the politics of the time occur, but the thought processes are well-explained to ensure that the reader understands. For readers who enjoy reading classics from the turn of the century, this will be a refreshing addition to their bookshelves. For those who are daunted by the use of letters instead of straightforward prose, I encourage patience and an adventurous heart. Truly, nothing is missed by this structure as the characters include in their letters everything that has occurred.
One of the best pieces of literature I have read in ages.