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The Twins of Tessar Paperback – May 1, 2009
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About the Author
Christine Castigliano sewed bras, pumped gas and designed the cover of TIME magazine before she got the itch to write a novel. It took her 10 years to finish The Twins of Tessar, between changing diapers and producing websites. Now she writes songs, performs as a singer and runs a B&B, The Barn with a View, with her husband in Washington State.
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A book well worth reading!
The characters develop, they grow, they reveal aspects of themselves and make you root for them. Strong leads Yolanda and Ming will remain on my life-list of favorite characters and I can't wait to see what comes of them in book 2.
The first couple of pages I feared the whole book would be gritty, realistic and not fantastic, but it wasn't, it got magical really quick and exemplified the standards of the genre in unique and intriguing ways. There was such oomph to the primary characters and such a very complex world underlying their necessities.
The author also has a really powerful serenity or something like it underlying her writing. Not quite fatalism, but understanding. She imbues a handful of the characters with that understanding making the book one that allows the reader to think, gives them something more fulfilling to chew over than even just a good read.
Castigliano takes the time to explore a whole different way of doing and understanding magic despite all the action, a different system of magic with an occasionally surreal tone (which is kind-of my thing, so I liked that about it.) The land itself was complex and new but it was the exploration of the culture, spirituality, language, manners, mysticism, myths - different from mine geographically, as she sited the novel in the *East* of Tessar, and different from the old familiar stories magically - that made it such a fascinating read. With the subtlety and understatement of one culture in the background and in my mind I'd get to lines like "I should kick your butt to Kingdom Come" & "He's got problems" & then I'd laugh and startle the people reading next to me.
I was unprepared for one or two hard events and ran into an unexpected scene every few pages making it hard to put down once I'd found time to start reading.
If you're fond of Shinn, McKinley, McCaffrey, Riordan, Yolen or Funke, you will love this author.
Favorite quote: "A warrior's spirit is her steel."
Best scenes...that's a hard one. Chen's big rock, The statue in the temple, the Imperial dragon, or maybe the Flying Horse Kick in the Palace of The Thousand Things
Favorite character: Ming, but it's a close call.
This fast-paced tale was un-put-downable. Once I started, I just had to keep reading until the end. I can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the series!