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Product Details

  • Series: Seeker
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133408
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pat Hodgell can't remember a time when she wasn't passionately interested in science fiction and fantasy. She's sold stories to such anthologies as Berkley Showcase, Elsewhere III, and Imaginary Lands and has also published four novels. God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, the novels included in The God Stalker Chronicles, begin her critically praised fantasy saga which is concerned not! only with high adventure, but also with questions of personal identity, religion, politics, honor, and arboreal drift. She earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, and is a graduate of both Clarion and the Milford Writers Workshop. Recently retired, she was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in modern literature and composition, and teaches an audio-cassette-based course on science fiction and fantasy for the University of Minnesota. Par lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in a nineteenth-century wood-framed house, which has been in her family for generations. In addition to writing and teaching, she attends science fiction conventions, collects yarn, knits, embroiders, raises cats, and makes her own Christmas cards.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on March 4, 2010
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Some readers of fantasy were swept away by Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind in 2007 and now chafe because there is no publication date yet for the sequel. Others prefer the grim world of A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin and are vexed about that A Feast for Crows came out in 2005 and the next novel is nowhere near done. Pah! What do they know?

In 1982 I was entranced by the most wonderful novel Godstalk, the first book in the saga of Jamethiel Priestbane and the Kencyrath. Little did I suspect how long I would be waiting! The sequel, Dark of the Moon, did not arrive until 1985. Even though Seeker's Mask was completed about the same time, Ms. Hodgell lost her publisher. Hypatia Press released the third book in 1994. Alas our torments were just beginning. Hypatia Press folded, and Ms. Hodgell was concentrating on her doctorate and her teaching career. Finally, Meisha Merlin produced a beautiful hardcover of a new novel, To Ride a Rathorn in 2006. Shortly after that, Meisha Merlin folded! Arrgghh! Well, now Ms. Hodgell has retired from teaching and devoted herself to writing and the result is before you, a 5th novel, Bound in Blood, from Baen Publishing. Goodness me it was worth the wait but I don't know if my ticker can take much more!

Other reviews have discussed the plot. I will restrict myself to some other comments.

First, there is no way anyone can come to Bound in Blood de novo and possibly sort it out. Ms. Hodgell's story telling is layered, and everything that happens depends heavily on everything that came before. Fortunately, omnibus editions of the preceding novels have been released also by Baen, so they are readily available for the interested fantasy fan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Chang on March 5, 2010
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If you've been reading the Kencyrath novels, don't stop now! And if you haven't been, why not? Start at once! (But definitely don't read this book until you've read the other books first, except for "Blood and Ivory", which contains "spoilers" for "Bound in Blood" and the previous book, "To Ride a Rathorn".) The world and characters created by P.C. Hodgell get more and more interesting with every book. It's not just "Yet Another Generic Fantasy Saga" (which the cover might have you believe). It's the opposite of generic, though you may not notice immediately because the books are just so much fun to read. It took awhile before I realized how astonishingly creative it all is in its detail, complexity, and unpredictability.

Anyway, our unfallen Darkling heroine continues her training at Tentir, and it's an ongoing question of whether Jame will survive Tentir, or whether Tentir will survive Jame... along with a number of field trips back to her family's hall to remember the dead and to the hills to participate in odd but vital native rituals (She gets notes asking "Do you /want/ the world to end?") And the dead continue to not quite be dead, as everyone seems to talk to ghosts. But most of the Kencyrath are masters of the art of Denial, and it's an uphill fight to get any of them to face the unpleasant truth of their situation. And the more we see of them, the scarier the Shanir powers get...

Minor quibbles:
* This book felt a bit rushed at times. A lot happens in a short number of pages.
* As I'd read "Blood and Ivory" first, which contained a number of "outtakes" from other points of view, I knew things as a reader that Jame and Tori didn't know yet, and it was a bit of a spoiler for me. It would have been nice to discover things together with Jame.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hola on March 9, 2010
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I pre-ordered this (as I imagine all of Hodgell/Kencyrath/Jame fans did) and started reading it immediately. This isn't one of those books one can read sporadically - it's a miss lunch, dinner, & a night's sleep book.

The story continues Jame's adventures in a warriors' school (I'll use normal English here & not Kencyrath terminology) as her brother's heir. Jame is a marvelous invention - she is interesting, has flaws, but is indomitable. She also has powers which are unique and wholly believable within the paradigm of the series. Hodgell has created a wonderful cast of characters, and a marvelous, unusual world (the lexicon at the end of the book is a huge help - esp. since these books started in 1982, thus it's easy to forget things like, say Tai-tastigon, when it's mentioned in this book).

This novel is not one to begin reading this series - it is a continuation, and a new reader would be completely lost, since Hodgell is not one of those authors who spend an inordinate number of pages doing a data dump of what went one before (and bless her for that). Besides, the idea that one would miss out on the wonder of the prior books in this series is just sad. Start with "God Stalk" and "Dark of the Moon" (or the compilation "The God Stalker Chronicles"), continue with "Seeker's Mask" & "To Ride a Rathorn" (or the compilation "Seeker's Bane") and then this novel will make sense.

For me, this novel was one that followed a series motif - it has sort of a cliff hanger ending, thus making one anxious for the next book.

As an ardent fan, I'm torn between wanting to know what the heck is going to happen, and hoping that the end never comes. It's one of THOSE types of series.
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