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The Just City / The Philosopher Kings – Jo Walton – Corsair, 2015
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So this is something a bit unusual. It is a historical fantasy that eschews most of the motors of that genre such as dramatic violence and heavy use of magic. Instead, its largely female cast tries to engage the reader with philosophical discussion about freedom and justice. If this sounds awful, you will probably not enjoy it. Personally I thought it was an interesting and worthwhile experiment, even though it is based on the ideas of one of my least favourite writers.
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