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“This lean, sinewy, visceral narrative, set forth in extraordinarily vivid prose full of telling detail, conveys a remarkable sense of time and place, where the characters belong to the landscape and whose personalities derive naturally from it.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Elizabeth Bear launches a trilogy in a fantastic new world with this compelling tale…Bear creates a vivid world where wizards must sacrifice their ability to procreate in order to control magic and the sky changes to reflect the gods of the land's rulers. The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment.” ―Publishers Weekly
I went into this book having only read Ms. Bear's Hammered, a definitely different genre (but also a good read for cyberpunk fans). Read morePublished 7 hours ago by TDA_Rook
By coincidence,visited Timur's tomb in Uzbekistan on the day I started reading this.So the pages came alive for me with added attraction of wizards and snippets of nomad life.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
An ambitious, Mongolian-inspired fantasy. The setting amounts to a magical silk road, which is lovely, and there are plenty of unique touches. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David D.
The story begins with one character, but over the course of the trilogy, expands to a wide cast of complex characters, all of whom are easy to care for deeply, flaws and all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MikaSamu
I really wanted to like this book since I have heard so much about Elizabeth Bear. But it was only okay. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melanie D. Typaldos
I think this trilogy is the best book Elizabeth Bear has written yet. It is also a pleasure to read a consistent fantasy book written using the Steppe cultures, Persian, Arabic,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. Dent
Excellent world (based on medieval Asia which is so COOL!) and powerful characters. I bought to give to boyfriend for Valentine's day and wound up staying up until 2 the night... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janette Rounds
Prolific, inventive and wildly talented, Ms Bear is my favorite author since Ursula LeGuin. With works ranging from steam punk whodunits to space opera to sword- and-sorcery... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Chamberlain