Green : Green Universe

  • by Jay Lake
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Green Universe
  • 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name, her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan and the skills of an assassin, she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.
The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke's city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.
Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the readers mind for a long time.


What the Critics Say

"Lively and thought-provoking...Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science." ( Publishers Weekly)

2009 Recommended Reading (Locus Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good at half the length

If this book had finished half way through, it would have got 4 stars. We had followed the main character through her kidnapping and escape - if it loose ends had been tied up there, the story would have been pretty good.

However, the character now had to discover she was a lesbian and become an assassin for a group of lesbian nuns (for want of a better word). Since she's only 13 this is a little distasteful. The writing also seems to becomes more graphic, gruesome (and tedious) at this point.

The final straw is the narrator's pronounciation - a minor point, but why does somebody with an apparently British accent in all other ways pronounce 'passengers' as 'parssengers', 'passage' as 'parssage' and (for want of an example I can remember) eg 'oddment' as 'orddment'.

I can't see me finishing this.
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- Beverley


I have been highly recommended this audio book, not only did it sound like a plot that would interest me, it was also from an author I hadn't come across before and was keen to give it a go.

I found the plot was trying to be more complicated than it actually was. I kept forgetting that Green in only a Child/Young Adult for the main of this book, as the plot is certainly of a more adult nature.

I found it really odd that the story tends to conclude at just before the half way point. It then goes off on another tangent and one not to my tastes.

This is the first time that I have ever stopped listening to an audio book because it's crude and poorly written charachters. The adult tone doesn't bother me or the lesbian lead, I think it's more the age of the main charchter in relation to this.

It's a shame as this had the promise to be an exciting listen, the suggestion was it would be similar to Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Legacy, with a deep plot and complicated charachters appealed to me, but it did not live up to the expectations. And if I ever hear the word 'sweet pocket' again.... grrrrr!
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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios