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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 1 edition (June 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Is there such a thing as too much imagination? If so, newcomer J.A. Cullum may have it: her fantasy epic Lyskarion: The Song of the Wind has its own literature (exhibited in epigrams beginning each chapter), calendar and language (glossary included), not to mention a dizzying number of characters and humanoid races to keep straight. But it's all contained within a classic plotreluctant heroes waging a battle against eviland told in able prose, as living crystals called Karionin seek young wizards to wield their power and prevent the world from erupting into war.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Home to nine races of humans and near-humans, the world of Tamar lies on the brink of total war unless the living crystals known as the Karionin find young wizards capable of attuning themselves to the magic of the stones. First novelist Cullum begins her epic fantasy series with the tale of three young people destined to become bearers of the crystals. A unique approach to magic along with memorable characters makes this series opener a good choice for most fantasy collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
I received this book from my grandmother for my fifteenth birthday two years ago, and I've just finished reading it for the second time. I rarely read books twice, but this one is so well-written, I think I enjoyed it even more this time; I caught on to things I'd missed, and picked up on some more subtleties I'd overlooked initially. This is a wonderful book, that's really all there is to it. J. A. Cullum has created an entirely new and original world for us, Tamar, with its own language, traditions, astrology. . . it's incredible, and makes for a rich, engrossing read. The characters are intriguing and (for the most part) very likable, in a story that is familiar (essentially, save the world) and yet so well told that the moral is never lost. I have been eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series for nearly two years, and unfortunately haven't found it yet. . . hopefully soon. The first book, Lyskarion, is a magnificent start. Well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
J. A. Cullum's Lyskarion: The Song Of The Wind is an epic fantasy set in the world of Tamar, where nine humanoid races are being drawn into a war that threatens to engulf the world. The future of Tamar depends upon four young wizards who must learn to grow beyond their differences and accept one another in this perilous novel of fate, conflict, and hope. Lyskarion is enthusiastically recommended to fans of the high fantasy literary genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal M. Trulove on November 13, 2002
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I've read enough fantasy over the years that characters and events in the stories don't often surprise me anymore. Not so with Lyskarion. Janice A. Cullum displays some truly original ideas. There's sensitive animal-lover Del who can sway hive mentality to his own designs. I hope to see this character used more in the next book. I loved Errin, part ingvalar, were-folk who shape shift into dolphins so frequently that they live on the beach and don't bother with clothes. Living crystals are intriguing, especially when realizing they have their own agenda and can bind or reject their keeper. Lord Jerevan mentally plants information on his crystal so he can access it later. There are travels to different lands, contact with different races, exploration of different gods and religions, and purely despicable villains.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David L. Hodghead on December 12, 2001
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In an age when wizards were dying out Cormor, the last great wisard directs a minor wizard, Derwin, to find a child and train him to become the next great wizard. Cullum displays a wonderful understanding of prejudice, bigotry, power, love, and social pressures. Her shapechanging characters come alive, believably.
Who would have thought that insatiable hunger would be used as a weapon to force wizardry training. Cullum has done this, while making the results believable and acceptable.
A fine read which will keep you on the edge of your chair.
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J A Cullum’s Lyskarion’s world is a wonderful adventure with magic, crystals and unique shape shifters. Her people are well thought out and developed. If you like romance and passion both are present in spades. Intrigues, romance and a little observation on life so interestingly done you can’t stop reading. You will be amazed at her wizard's curse.

I was the manger of a small town county library for 33years and this is the first time I felt the need to write a review for an author. I highly recommend this book.
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