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The Revenants Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (May 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441718213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441718214
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Chang on November 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of all of Sheri S. Tepper's books that I've read, this and _The Gate to Women's Country_ remain my favorites. While the writing in _The Revenants_ may not be as confident nor as polished as in her later works (e.g. _The Gate to Women's Country_, _Grass_, _Sideshow_, _A Plague of Angels_, _Six Moon Dance_, etc.) I find it friendlier, less bitter, and warmer. I *liked* most of the characters in this book. I enjoyed hearing them talk, watching their struggles, and empathized with their pain. In some of Tepper's other books, I found the characters boring or annoying.

The world of _The Revenants_ hurtles towards the ultimate in Separation: myth from reality, race from race, nation from nation, village from village, everyone forced into vanishingly smaller pigeonholes, until they are altogether Separated into extinction. Black-robed Keepers speed the process by exacting a harvest of young men and women.

A few individuals struggle to remain free. Jaer is at the heart of this struggle: Jaer embraces male and female, myth and reality, and by the end, all of humanity, the living opposite of Separation. Jaer is on a Quest, and so are Jaer's companions. Tepper gives us an interesting "behind the scenes" look at Quests, fairy tales, and prophecies.

Jaer's Quest is a garbled mish-mash partially made up in jest by the two old men who were Jaer's foster parents. They die before explaining it to Jaer. Prince Medlo's Quest is a politically motivated, veiled assassination attempt. Jasmine's Quest was also engineered to get her out of the way. Thewson's Quest is fueled by a young man's ambition to be King. Leona's Quest is a mission to save the life of an ailing friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LadyLeaf on September 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I suppose I'm going to be breaking several of the Reviewing Rules because I'm writing this one on the spur of the moment years after my last read of The Revenants. Yes, I read it many times as the years passed and I enjoyed most of Tepper's creative efforts, but today I couldn't give you a plot summary. What I do recall is my love of this novel.

Today I did a Sheri Tepper search since it has been a while since I checked out what she's been up to, saw a reference to this early masterpiece, and stopped cold so I could write something to encourage people to buy and enjoy this book. If you're already a Tepper fan yet aren't familiar with The Revenants, you may be surprised she wrote one of her very best so early. If you're thinking of reading one of Sheri's books for the first time, you should begin here. Absolutely creative fantasy; original plotting, characters, culture: in other words she wrote something NOT a LOTR knock-off, nor do I recall it as being trite in any way, no rehashing of old story lines, etc. Fresh and new; definitely fantasy in the best sense of the word.

I noticed Tepper has written quite a number of books in the past few years which I missed. Several years ago I had thought she'd started preaching her values (most of which I agree with) much too obviously at the cost of plot, character and atmosphere. She'd lost her ability to write a darned good story which happened to be subtly enhanced by her values about our beautiful Earth, women and feminine strengths, etc. Noticing the high ratings her more current books have received I'm hoping she's again using her talents for strong, original, gripping plots peopled by women and men we've never met or dreamed of before in places absolutely beyond our wildest dreams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Discord on May 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book at a UBS in the 80's. I don't know what made me do it, it wasn't the cover nor the write up at the back.

Since then I must have read that book 5 times and I still have it. The story was original, unlike many Fantasy books today. Somehow authors in the 80's managed to get alot done plot and character wise in half the number of pages of today's fantasy books.

The main character Jaer is an original. Switching gender throughtout the book both physically and mentally.

The other characters are equally interesting. The book's ending is open to interperation. It haunts you.

Sadly this book is out of print, but well worth the trouble of tracking down. It is one of those books that dig beneath the surface.

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Back cover..

They seek to answer riddles that have no answer:

They are bound on a quest that has no end.

Thewson of the Lion Courts. Leona, Queen of the Beasts. Medlo, outlawed Prince. Jasmine the Dancer. Terascouros the Singer. And young Jaer, whose like has never been seen: Jaer, the greatest riddle of all...

They are the Revenants. This is their story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pel qel on November 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just plucked this book out of my dusty collection and came here to see if a hardcover edition was ever produced- sadly, I don't see one. I haven't read this book since the 80's when it was released, but I do recall the character of Jaer rather vividly: it was rather ground-breaking for the time to have a character that switched genders throughout the story... and yet, it went right-in-line with what was happening on the music-scene post-Bowie with the likes of Boy George, Pete Burns, (and I must add Marilyn) and I suppose somewhat with Philip Oakey and other New Romantics. Fresh ideas, culure-jamming, and yet this book is a complex fairy-tale in the best sense of the tradition. If you haven't read it, I recommend seeking one of these out-of-print, used copies!
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