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Flood Tide (Merovingen Nights) Mass Market Paperback – November 6, 1990

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Product Details

  • Series: Merovingen Nights
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (November 6, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886774527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886774523
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Becky McGraw on May 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Imagine, if you will, Mercedes Lackey's character development in a world created by C.J. Cherryh. Add a number of other talented authors, simmer until well-blended, then bring to a rapid boil. Now it boils over, but wait -- it was supposed to do that!
The Merovingen Nights anthology series is one of my all-time favorites. The city of Merovingen is created with incredible depth (no pun intended; like Venice, it sits on canals and is gradually sinking), the characters are deep and sympathetic (even the "villains," who are mostly real people stuck in very stressful circumstances), and the plot is twisty and turney without being confusing (much). The Merovingen Nights books do need to be read in some semblence of order, however, or you can miss a LOT of subtle details important to later character development.
In the early Merovingen Nights books, stories and characters created by individual authors are fairly self-contained. As the series continues, not only are the stories "braided" together for better continuity, but the characters move freely from author to author and writing styles mesh extremely well. By #6, Flood Tide, you can barely tell who is writing what or about whom.
In Flood Tide, the situation in Merovingen is coming to a head. Tensions are building from hightown to canalside, and something is going to blow. Character relations are straining, cracking, and occasionally breaking. Excellent lead-in the the final book in the series.
If you like fantasy, science fiction, and filk music, Merovingen Nights is not to be missed.
Just wish they'd reprint them...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on April 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As in all the anthologies in this series, _Flood Tide_'s stories are written in a braided format, so that the effect is almost seamless as the events of the book flow forward. My comments are organized more by author than by appearance in the book. This volume (which has only had 1 edition to date) has a Hildebrandt painting of Cardinal Exeter confronting Rif and Rat on its cover, which I mention only to joggle the memories of those who may have read it before. If you're hard up for a Merovingen-like story, try _The Shadow of the Lion_; Mercedes Lackey, one-third of the writing team, gave medieval alternate-history Venice some distinctly Merovingenish touches.
Cardinal Willa Exeter and the hard-line anti-tech faction of the College have been cracking down on any signs of anything but Revenantist orthodoxy. (It's just an excuse for manipulating high and low town through fear, though.) Strangers aren't welcome in any tavern in town, and people speak their minds only to trusted intimates. Public topics for gossip are scarce, but anything that's safe to talk about is talked to death.
Abbey, Lynn "Marriage" - The city's gambling on which will come first - Marina's baby or her contract-wedding to Raj Takahashi. Maverick Uncle Bosnou from the Kamat stancia comes to the city for the first time in decades to perform the ceremony. The Kamats, being relative newcomers to hightown, have been careful to keep their resources decentralized; the sheepfarming that provides the wool for their dye-vats is the real heart of their holdings. And Bosnou seems to be the only hightowner who can control bridge-brat Denny Takahashi long enough to have a chance to salvage him.
Asire, Nancy "The Testing" Being a student - or even a priest and teacher - at the college is no guarantee of safety.
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