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A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2005
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Young clansman Raif has a touch of "old blood" magic that guides his arrows to the heart. Bad times come when a hunting party that includes his father and clan chief is wiped out by a supernaturally aided attack, and Raif's open suspicion of the brutal new leader eventually drives him into exile. Meanwhile, Iss, overlord of Spire Vanis city, keeps a chained-up sorcerer whose powers he channels by revolting means, and has unexplained but shuddersome plans for his "foster daughter" Ash--herself an unwilling focus of dread forces. Raif and Ash find themselves fleeing together through wintry, hostile clanlands, pursued by Iss's vilest henchmen, seeking the dubious goal of the Cavern of Black Ice.
What lifts this tale far above routine quest fantasy is Jones's deft characterization, relentless intensity, and unsparing depiction of pain and slow-healing injury. She has a flair for memorably horrid images. Here a sorcerer gloats over one of his nastier tricks: "A man could not fight when his corneas were snapped from his eyes like badges from a chest."
This hefty volume is over 800 pages long, but the narrative grips hard once it's gained momentum, and the pages turn increasingly fast. Strong meat. Next comes book two, A Fortress of Grey Ice. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As another reviewer has implied, it is difficult to believe this book was ever written by the same author as "The Barbed Coil." Whereas that book was common and at times self-consciously cute (and continues annoyingly here to err in this direction with an occasional use of Scottish brogue and references to "wee lassies"), this work is well above the ordinary or clichéd work that dominates most fantasy fiction, offering a tale that is complex and written with a skill only barely glimpsed in the earlier book. Interweaving plots with the skill of the best epic fantasists, if Ms. Jones is able to maintain the level of writing found here, this work will surely come to equal the recent work of authors such as Katherine Kerr, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin or Robert Jordan. And the author has created a cold and ice-bound world that is largely original---certainly so in terms of the mythic cosmology surrounding it and the deep, oftentimes grim mysticism with which it is imbued. The mythos surrounding this tale is as broad, complex and detailed as any to be found in fantasy fiction, equaled only contemporaneously by Steven Erikson or Robert Jordan.Read more ›
The book lies strongly on its characters. They feel real and most importantly, are interesting. Sarga Veys, Vaylo Bludd, Marafice Eye, Angus Lok and many others are finely crafted and stand as proof of Julie's writing skills.
However, there are a few exceptions. Mace Blackhail as the plotting clan chief is at times too shallow and simple a character. Ash begins as a good character, but as the book goes on, it's easy to lose interest on her. I hope they get a bit more flesh over their bones in the next books.
The story told in the plot is a bit schizophrenic (you get the meaning). A LOT of it is very good material indeed. The Clans, the political intrigue, characters and most of the other stuff is first-rate, but I found the "Horrible evil will be freed unless..." -style driving force behind our heroes actions to be horribly cliched. It's small part of the book and it didn't detract one single star from my enjoyment. It has potential to evolve a lot during the next books and I hope it does.
Cavern of Black Ice is a great book. It's a sister to the Book of Words trilogy, but an older sister that has more grace and style. Book of Words was a diamond in rough. Cavern is that same diamond with polished edges and a deeper colors. However, it's not a fiver. It came very close, but didn't quite reach it. Very recommended reading to anyone who is into fantasy.
I have read Ms. Jones' books, in chronological order, as they have been published. This has left a tremendous gap between books for this "current" series. This book is so good a read that I actually suggest that you don't read it -- wait until Book Two is out to avoid the frustration that has dogged fans of Ms. Jones' writing over the delay in producing Book Two.
Not since reading Tolkien as a child (and the Harry Potter books to my kids) have I found an author who fleshes out a fantasy realm so realistically and satisfyingly. Top to bottom, characters, plot, humor, horror, pain -- it's three dimensional story telling at its best. As some reviewers have noted, this book contains some graphic descriptions. However, I was never "grossed out" or felt that the story was not being served.
So the mystery of the missing author is becoming more interesting as time goes by. I won't guess as to what has happened, but if Book Two is as good as Book One, will Book Three be written in my life time?
Update: After posting this review, I have had a chance to read other reviews and found that Ms. Jones' has her own website. Thanks fellow readers! Ms. Jones' second book is completely written and the editing/publishing process is busily underway for an April publishing date.
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This was orinally going to be a trilogy, we are now waiting for book 5 some 14 years later. This is why only one star given. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Patrick Watts
Another fantasy novel that I wanted to like but it failed my torture porn and interesting character tests. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Wood
Jones is a terrific writer. However, this book is pure fantasy and should not be categorized with science fiction.Published 6 months ago by Phil Walker
First I will start off by saying that JV Jones is actually an amazing author. I loved these books but if you look at her timeline it takes her 3 or 4 years to pump out a book and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scott S Cornwell
Just...wow. Great story and the way the author writes makes you FEEL the cold. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
The 3rd time I've read it and still great. The tale never loses anything in the telling. I highly recommend itPublished 12 months ago by Zete
fascinating world, the dangers kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to the next novel.Published 14 months ago by Joel M. Elfman