From Publishers Weekly
Hugo winner Bear pairs an insubstantial plot with broken, guilt-ridden characters in this quiet sequel to 2008's All the Windwracked Stars. When the angel Muire sacrificed herself to become the new Bearer of Burdens, she renewed the entire world. But some of those Muire left behind saw her ascension as less joyful: the newly immortal Cathoair, who mourned her; their son, Cathmar, who would never know her; and the goddess Heythe, who had intended the world's demise. Even as Heythe orchestrates a self-destructive spiral for the self-pitying Cathoair, Cathmar begins a convincing transformation from precocious teen to self-sufficient adult. The stakes could be much higher and the villainess more menacing, but Bear's willingness to let her characters bleed gives this post-post-apocalyptic tale its melodramatic edge. This installment will best suit devoted fans who value tormented characters and graceful prose over complex plotting. (Feb.)
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The third novel in Bear�s Edda of Burdens series starts about 50 years after the end of All the Windwracked Stars (2008), when Muire, the last Valkyrie, went into the sea and became the new Bearer of Burdens. Now her lover, Cathoair, must raise their son, cast up on the shore as an infant. But their ancient enemy, the goddess Heythe, is determined to destroy all that Muire and Cathoair fought for. She will start by tormenting Cathoair and his son, Cathmar, to force Muire to break her vows and bring about the final devastation. Bear�s variation on this classic theme is skillfully written, and the characters stand out, especially the wolf Mingan. Enough background is provided so that having read the first two isn�t necessary to follow this one. The pacing is a bit slow, however. The Sea Thy Mistress is satisfying but not great fantasy adventure. --Frieda Murray