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The Gambler's Fortune: The Third Tale of Einarinn (The Tales of Einarinn) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2001
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Juliet McKenna has been interested in fantasy stories since childhood, from Winnie the Pooh to The Iliad. An abiding fascination with other worlds and their peoples played its part in her subsequently reading Classics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. After combining bookselling and motherhood for a couple of years, she now fits in her writing around her family and visa versa.She lives with her husband and children in West Oxfordshire, England. The Gambler's Fortune is Juliet Mckenna's third novel, following The Swordsman's Oath and The Thief's Gamble.
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The story now returns to Livak, the spunky female thief from the first book in the series. The Livak-Ryshad romance is put by the wayside, as they go their separate ways. One can only hope that we will see their relationship to fruition in future books.
Livak is again on a quest to find out more about aetheric magic, the new magic that we have been learning about since the very first book. The hope is that they will be able to use the magic against the Elietimm threat. However, Livak's simple goal is to make enough cash on this job so that she can settle down with Ryshad. I've always praised this series' character goals, which always seem realistic, not always altruistic. Some charming new characters are introduced - Sorgren and Sorgrad. In addition, there are some new "villains" on the scene. As usual, they are fleshed out so that we understand their motivations and we can almost sympathise with them.
The third book doesn't seem to conclude the story, although all of McKenna's books feel complete at the end. And so far, the characters and stories are staying fresh - something I cannot say of other writers who continue with the same characters and world for several books.
As usual, I am eagerly awaiting the next one. You may enjoy this book and series if you have enjoyed the work of Terry Goodkind or Robin Hobb.
If you like a good, well written tale with practical, earthy charactors and a very detailed and believable world of magic and the mundane, you will enjoy this series. If you're looking for Guy Gavriel Kay, go elsewhere.
Livak has returned as first-person narrator, like a welcome breath of fresh air. She seems much more natural than currently-absent associate and lover Ryshad. Maybe that's the nature of her personality, or maybe a female point of view just comes more naturally to McKenna. Livak's storyline is intercut with three others told in third-person: an in-depth view of life among the Mountain Men, or Anyatimm, as they call themselves; the most revealing look to-date at the elusive Elietimm; and glimpses of Archmage Planir's ongoing machinations back in Hadrumal.
Livak has entered the pay of Messire D'Olbriot, Ryshad's patron prince, who continues to pool resources with Planir against the Elietimm. One thing they've learned is that the ancient magic now being called "Artifice" is deeply rooted in the oldest races still living on Einarinn. Livak has convinced D'Olbriot to send her on a fact-finding mission among two of those reclusive groups, with wizard Usara along to represent Planir. Figuring her mixed blood will gain entrée among the Forest Folk, she recruits a pair of old friends, brothers Sorgrad and Sorgren, to help with the Mountain Men. She's angling for a discovery big enough to net a fortune in bonus money from D'Olbriot and Planir.Read more ›
The Gambler's Fortune was inconsistent. It took me a long time to warm up to Jerrian, Kiesyl, and the other Mountain Men and Women. I found McKenna's treatment of Shiv in this book to be wholly out of character for him. In the previous episodes, he was a strong, decisive character, eager for more responsibility and interaction with Archmage Planir. Here, he is reduced to an uncomprehending and nervous wreck who distrusts some of Planir's motivations. Not at all the same Shivvalyan we came to know.
That said, the plotting of the evil Eresken kept things lively -- who knew what he would do next -- and the concept of evil deceiving good people to do its bidding is an ages-old idea that is still relevant today.
I am looking forward to the fourth installment, but hope that it is closer in quality to the first two books than the Gambler's Fortune.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've gotten into this series. There are a number of interesting characters and an ongoing threat of dangerPublished 17 months ago by Hank Vanden Boogaard
Bought this book for someone that loves this series. I was so pleased to find it and the others in the series all in one place and at such a great price!Published on November 11, 2013 by Joyce Birmingham
Get the whole set of books, you will not be able to put them down. I have my whole family reading them.Published on March 18, 2013 by Elsa L. Weber