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Blind Vision
Marguerite Krause
Speculation Press, 266 pages

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Blind Vision
Marguerite Krause
A very avid (not to say obsessive) reader since childhood, Marguerite Krause was introduced to science fiction at a young age when, running out of her own library books, she began reading her father's science fiction books. With a Masters degree in music, Marguerite Krause, a mother of two, enjoys playing the French horn in the Bloomington (Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra, as well as gardening. In partnership with Suzan Sizemore she has published two fantasy novels on CD -- Moon's Dreaming (Aug. 1999) and Moon's Dancing (Oct. 1999) -- fulfilling an urge to write in this genre dating from as far back as the 3rd grade. A Star Trek fan since the mid-1970s, Marguerite Krause is currently an assistant webmaster for the The René Auberjonois Weblink. Her first solo novel, Blind Vision, was a finalist for the 2000 Sapphire Awards for best science fiction romance. She is currently preparing a science fiction/mystery series.

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A review by Georges T. Dodds

Set in a mediaeval ducal court, Blind Vision is a well-written and detailed historical novel of intrigue and romance. Besides the fact that the characters and the Duchy of Montrouge are fictitious, the only "magical" element is that the main character has visions of the future, something that was fairly common among mediaeval Europe's religious zealots. In this sense, Blind Vision tends much more towards historical romance than towards fantasy, being reminiscent in some ways of Leslie Barringer's Neustrian trilogy and in other ways similar to Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels. Indeed Blind Vision's forté is the development of its characters and, to a lesser extent, of the intrigue that surrounds them. Blind Vision is a novel of people, not events; of burgeoning relationships not bloody battles; and of imperfect characters' emotional development, not of irredeemable evil despots or angelic do-gooders.

Blind Vision tells of Phillipe, a young seer come to the court of Duke Bernard d'Albin, who must figure out just how to tweak the present in order to avoid the death and destruction that the majority of Phillipe's visions foresee for the ducal see. Phillipe who, under a drug-induced trance, can foresee a number of different timelines must try to identify who will be a threat to his employer and what critical events lead to diverging timelines. Unfortunately, the Duke's young sister Zuli, whose birthmark brands her as disfavoured of the Goddess, is convinced that Phillipe is just a slick con-man. Her skepticism and antagonism make it all the more difficult for Phillipe when he realizes that Zuli's bearing of heirs to the duchy, a role she believes she is precluded from, is the key to a happy future. A series of events bring Phillipe and Zuli closer, but a murder attempt and the arrival of the Crown Prince along with the Duke's presumed enemies brings events to a head.

Besides the excellent portrayal of both the primary and secondary characters, the relationship between Phillipe and Zuli doesn't read like the typical sickeningly saccharine love story between the brawny romance-novel-cover hulk and the petite and vivacious woman. Phillipe and Zuli are both interesting as outsiders, both having had their share of hardships and issues to work through, both eventually breaking out of their self-imposed shells through contact with the other. Another strong point of the novel is that, given the premise of the multiplicity of the visionary timelines, the possibility of misinterpretation, and some secondary characters' views/influences on possible scenarios, the mystery of the ultimate outcome is maintained to the very end.

Being the author's first solo novel, Blind Vision is remarkably well done. From a male reader's perspective, it could perhaps have done with a few more action/adventure sequences (although those present are well done). However, if you enjoy well-plotted pseudo-mediaeval fare with an element of nicely understated romance, then Blind Vision should amply satisfy.

Copyright © 2001 Georges T. Dodds

Georges Dodds is a research scientist in vegetable crop physiology, who for close to 25 years has read and collected close to 2000 titles of predominantly pre-1950 science-fiction and fantasy, both in English and French. He writes columns on early imaginative literature for WARP, the newsletter/fanzine of the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and maintains a site reflecting his tastes in imaginative literature.

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