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An Apprentice to Elves (Iskryne) Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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“Every bit as absorbing as the first volume, The Tempering of Men is compelling and intensely readable. Told from multiple perspectives, the characters are well-drawn and distinct, especially Brokkolfr and Amma, his amusingly maternal wolf-sister. Monette and Bear each excel at creating unique worlds when writing solo fiction, so it's no surprise that this joint effort combines their strengths into something extraordinary.” ―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“The meticulously crafted setting and powerful, often moving rendition of characters and relationships-human and nonhuman alike-result in a brutal and beautiful novel about the meaning of honor. …the authors have boldly created a fascinating world that begs further exploration.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review on A Companion to Wolves
“Coauthors Monette and Bear combine their literary talents… [A] well-written and emotionally powerful quasi-Nordic fantasy.” ―Library Journal on A Companion to Wolves
“The world they depict is fraught with a sense of wonder rare even in fantasy.… [Monette and Bear] have taken one of the most escapist of fantasy subgenres, in which humans and animals meld, and turned it into something powerful and surprisingly deeply human.” ―Booklist on A Companion to Wolves
“What Bear and Monette have done for wolves in this book is no more and no less than what Anne McCaffrey has done for dragons--they have made the wolf iconic, memorable, something larger than life…. The storyline is gripping--I read this thing at a sitting--the writing is exquisite, and the book is destined to be a classic of its kind.” ―SFSite on A Companion to Wolves
About the Author
SARAH MONETTE is the acclaimed author of Mélusine and The Virtue as well as award-nominated short fiction.
ELIZABETH BEAR was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
Together, they are the authors of A Companion to Wolves, The Tempering of Men, and An Apprentice to Elves.
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Two of the women are exceptional: Alfgyfa because of her inborn talents (including being able to communicate with the trellwolves), and her rearing as an apprentice to the svartalfar with their skills at smithing; Fargrimr because although biologically female he is a "sworn-son" and thus culturally male.
And then there are the more "ordinary", culturally-approved females- who are wildly different! Otter depicts a way of being a woman that fits with our own cultural expectations, while Tin fits her svartalfar cultural expectations that are wildly different from those of the human folk- to the point that to her, Fargrimr is the only biological human female who makes sense.
It's a fascinating and well-thought-out interplay of cultures who share some things, but are baffled by others.
And then there are the fabulous trellwolves!
You could probably read this one without reading the previous 2, though they do add depth and context. Still, I think this one is the best. I hope the authors revisit this culture at some point.
A new and terrible enemy has appeared to challenge the fragile, hard-won peace and nascent prosperity the core protagonists of the earlier works have scrabbled to attain, and it takes all the combined forces we’ve so far met - Men, Elves, and Wolves - to try and thwart them, and the deeply personal concerns and struggles facing some of the key players in make up just as much of the narrative weight as the larger conflict, even as they have everything (or nothing) to do with it.
I’d call the conclusion satisfying, but it leaves some tantalizing hooks for conjecture, and, there’s the OH DAMMIT WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M OUT OF STUFF TO READ IN THIS WORLD factor.
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Not having read the first two books in this series, I was not initially sure...Read more