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Legends Walking: A Novel of the Athanor Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (HarperCollins); First Edition edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380788500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380788507
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the best new writers to emerge in the fantasy field in the '90s."---Terri Windling, five-time World Fantasy Award winner

"A fresh voice in the field of urban or modern fantasy." -- S.M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time

About the Author

JANE LINDSKOLD is the author of Brother to Dragons; Companion to Owls; Marks of our Brothers; The Pipes of Orpheus; Smoke and Mirrors; When the Gods Are Silent; and the recently published Changer. She also completed Roger Zelazny's penultimate novel Donnerjack. Educated at New York's Fordham University, she now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


More About the Author

Jane Lindskold is the award winning, best-selling author of over twenty novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (aka "The Wolf Books"), the two athanor novels (Changer and Changer's Daughter), the three volumes of the "Breaking the Wall" series, and many more.

When she's not writing or reading, she's likely being ordered around by a variety of small animals.

She lives in New Mexico.

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Ms Lindskold has developed a wonderful idea for a series.
Kathleen
When I'm reading the first, it's the best of the two, but then I read the second, and I just love Shahrazad's story.
Sue Estell
I am eagerly awaiting the next sequel -- or even a prequel!
Mark Power-Freeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OldSciFiDog on October 3, 2001
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Legends Walking, is the second in this world of Athanor (following Changer), which is placed in contemporary times with the addition of an immortal species co-existing with us. In this tale we discover some new characters, and get to know some of the previous character in more detail.
Ms Lindskold's characterization is superb. They have a sense of humor and different personalities which, as one might suspect, sometimes conflict with each other (some don't even like each other and they are on the same side). This makes for a very pleasant and believable read. The plot moves very well and I found myself consuming the 400 + pages without knowing it.
I liked this sequel most because it focused on a different set of characters in solving the plot crisis, so we get to see these characters using their unique skills. Jane is very consistent in both plot and characters, so we are NOT treated to discontinuities in characters to conveniently get out of a bad scene. She also has the ability to describe scenes without bludgeoning us to death with detail, which is very refreshing.
I must say I dislike giving maximum ratings, just in case the author does better. In this case as in the first tale, Changer, I feel the author deserves a "Bravo" well done, and if she does better, I will just have to deal with it.
So, in case you missed my point, I like this author and this tale and believe both needs to be read and enjoyed (if not, no offense is meant by stating the obvious).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Allegra on January 31, 2000
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I purchased "The Changer" because it promised a new slant on King Arthur. I was disappointed in the promise but NOT in the book. Lindskold's newest, "Legends Walking," continues to explore Changer's relationship with his coyote-formed daughter, his place in the Anthenor and his growing attraction to Athena. Most of the action concerns the efforts of various Immortals to prevent germ warfare in Africa. Language and concepts are broad but interesting and the African setting gives the author the opportunity to explore a new culture and expand upon the characters of Immortals we met only briefly in "The Changer." The sequel can be read as a single but makes better sense if "Changer" is read first. If I have a complaint, it's that Arthur and Merlin are starting to sound whiney. Arthur purports to be King - he can do better than this.
Legends Walking is a worthy sequel to an interesting and novel creation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mfitz... on January 25, 2000
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There is so much bad fantasy out there. Sorry but it's the truth. This book, like "Changer" befor it was a breath of fresh air. It playes with themes from mythology without ever becoming cute or tired . Lindskold tips your expectations around and plays with the archetypes of the genera. These two books remind me a bit of Sharon Shin's "Archangel" book in the way they turn old ideas on their ears.
Lindskold weaves her imortals into todays world and leaves you wanting more. After reading this book I want to know more about Nigeria. Some of the facts I found out about AIDS in that part of the world when I did a little looking made me wish there were some imortal gardians looking to help their people.
I like a book that takes me totally away from the tials of my everyday life, and amuses me. If it makes me think a little that is even better. I can't wait for Lindskold's next Athanor book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
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Jane Lindskold once again has written a wonderfully fascinating and complex novel. Many different story lines and characters blend to make both "Legends Walking" and "Changer" surprising books. I could hardly put this book down, although I had to in order to process the ideas and plot twists. Both come at a quick pace throughout the story. I loved getting new looks at old characters, and some development of interesting secondary characters from "Changer," as well as the introduction of new friends. The idea of elemental athanor seems wondrous and fun.
Biological warfare offers such an ugly, inhumane choice to dictators around the world. I think Lindskold looks into the horrors of plague without preaching about it. This book presents a look at some serious subjects, like biological warfare, AIDS in Africa, and the development of third world countries. Lindskold doesn't give easy or trite answers, but in twisting our everyday world just a bit, she does shed some light on the subjects.
I would recommend this book to anyone! It's fun, thoughtful, fun and well written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
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Great continuation of the story of the Athanor began in Lindskold's earlier book Changer. This book has a stand alone story, but involves a large cast of characters introduced in the first book. New readers might want to start there to ease potential confustion.
The story revolves around beings considered mythological by today's standards (satyrs, yeti, et al) and immortal humans who are the basis for legendary heros such as Gilgamesh, Dionysus, Lilith, and Poseiden. These beings form a community known as the Athanor. This novel intertwines three threads, one regarding mysterious events in Nigeria, another the evolution of the daughter of the oldest Athanor, the Changer, and the third the efforts of the non-human Athanor to gain more interaction with modern society. The last two threads were begun in the first novel.
Lindskold creates solid characters with interesting interactions. I'm looking forward to seeing what else happens in her world.
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