I loved this book, and so did my sister, who hates fantasy-now that's a recommendation. Ms. Guttenberg has managed to avoid the cardboard characters typical of many fantasy selections. Often in fantasy novels, the main character is either an impossibly powerful one, or is in some way too perfect for us to feel any connection to him/her. Not so here; not only does the internal conflict in the main character's quest hold our attention, but the magical system Ms. Guttenberg has devised is both interesting and well thought out. My only regret is that there has been no sequel to this book (and I've heard that there probably won't be). I keep checking online and in bookstores, anyway, hoping for another installment for this book. Ms. Guttenberg, if you happen to see this, would you please consider a sequel? I really want to know what happened to Calyx...
I have hunted and hunted but the word out there is that the sequel--though complete--is not to be published, and the third installment isn't going to be written at all for the lack of a publisher. Such a shame! I forgot the title, the author, and the publisher but I never forgot the characters or the plot. Calyx is great--strong, multi-faceted, good. The plot and the magic are beautifully drawn. This is a provocative book! A great read on a cold winter's night in front of the fire. Don't worry too much--it stands alone without a sequel. Maybe if enough people read/buy/love this book the publishers will change their minds. A+
I bought this book when it was published in 1990, and it is the only book that I have ever read that had me drooling for the sequel...In the "About the Author" section, it says that the book is the first in her new fantasy trilogy. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone except the story is not finished...Please publish the sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
I found this book at a used book store a few months ago and I finally had a chance to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The characters were well developed and the story was one that I was easily drawn into. I decided to look for the next story in the trilogy that was mentioned in the "About the Author" section at the end of this book. I have recently found out that there probably won't be a sequel to this book and I am extremely disappointed. It's too bad really, especially since I so very rarely find a story that grabs my attention and makes me want to read more about the world that the author has spent so much time creating.
I loved Sunder, Eclipse and Seed - eventually found it in a used bookstore (as opposed to the library...I was tempted to check it out and not give it back. My conscience prevailed in the end, but it was a struggle.) But the sequel is already written?! Maybe one of the e-publishers would be interested in the Leaves of Tsion, if Roc won't publish it...*goes off to write hopeful-begging letter to said Recalcitrant Publisher*
I read this book about six or seven years ago and never forgot it. Every time I went into a bookstore I would look for the distinctive title though I never remembered who wrote it. Well, just two days ago I found it again in a used book store. I tell you I claimed it immediately. It's now safe and sound on my bookshelf and I plan to take it out and read it over and over again.