Friday, January 24, 2014

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (Riverside Book 3)

Mulluane | 9:00 PM | 5 Comments so far


This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society’s smug view of itself–and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it….

The Fall of the Kings

Generations ago the last king fell, taking with him the final truths about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men, Theron Campion, a young nobleman of royal lineage, is heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, a brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge–and a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil is not convinced–nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king…

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Book Cover of The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Della Sherman  (Riverside Book 3)

| Author: Ellen Kushner
| Author: Delia Sherman
| Genre: Fantasy of Manners
| Content: Dueling, M/M Romance
| ISBN-10: 0553585940
| ISBN-13: 9780553585940
| Publisher: Bantam Reissue edition (September 30, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
| Cover Artist: Thomas Canty
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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The Fall of the Kings (Riverside, #3)



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Gone are the talented swordsman that I so enjoyed in Swordspoint. Oh they are still around but as ceremonial props only. Instead we are propelled 60 years into the future. This is an age of scholars. In place of sharp swords, this tale is populated with sharp tongues, sharp minds and sharp wits.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dark Glass Mountain Trilogy By Sara Douglass ~ Series Summary

Mulluane | 8:30 PM | 2 Comments so far

Dark Glass Mountain Trilogy By Sara Douglass
The Serpent Bride: Book One ~ The Twisted Citadel: Book Two ~ The Infinity Gate: Book Three
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What do you get when you combine a haunted child, a tortured prince, elemental gods, cosmic evil, the remnants of a winged race who have lost their homeland, and their magic, plus millions of marauding monsters who eat everything in their path. The answer is a marvelously complex and dark epic fantasy.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass (Dark Glass Mountain: Book One)

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Rescued from unspeakable horror, Ishbel Brunelle has devoted her life to the Order of the Coil, a sacred cult that reads the future in the entrails of its human sacrifices. But the Serpent has loftier plans for the archpriestess, and an eerie, eldritch warning: Prepare for the Lord of Elcho Falling . . .

Perils abound in a realm beset by treachery, and above all looms the DarkGlass Mountain—once known as the Threshold—as the terrible Dark God Kanubai prepares to emerge from his prison in exile.

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| Author: Sara Douglass
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mythology
| ISBN-10: 006088214X
| ISBN-13: 9780060882143
| Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 27, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
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The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain, #1)



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Many years ago I read and reviewed the Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass and fell in love with her writing. For some reason I never picked up the second trilogy in that saga but I did wind up buying this one, which comes well after. Now here is the good news. Though I am sure it would have helped, I had no problem getting into this book with only the knowledge I gleaned in the first three books. And so far, I like this trilogy even better.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass (Dark Glass Mountain: Book Two)

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Tencendor is no more. The land is gone. But a few SunSoars remain, and a new foe walks the world.

In a time of magic and danger, three new heroes have stepped forward—Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil; Isaiah, the Tyrant of Isembaard; and Maximilian, the Lord of Elcho Falling. Yet despite their best efforts, the Dark God Kanubai has risen. And worse yet, war approaches—backed by the evil, insidious DarkGlass Mountain, hordes of insatiable Skraelings ravage the land.

While the trio struggles to keep its armies and alliances alive, the SunSoars have their own challenges, including the chance to rejoin the magical Star Dance at long last, and the appearance of the Lealfast, long-lost kin to the Icarii. The Lealfast and the Icarii may be friends . . . or deadly enemies. And as tensions rise between the two races, Axis SunSoar revives his elite Strike Force in a desperate bid to stop the darkness.

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The Twisted Citadel (Dark Glass Mountain: Book Two) by Sara Douglass

| Author: Sara Douglass
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mythology
| ISBN-10: 0060882182
| ISBN-13: 9780060882181
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
| Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
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This story picks up right where the cliffhanger ending of book one left off and with another powerful character metamorphosis. Sara Douglass has a way of grabbing you right out the gate and making you realize that you better hold on tight. You are in for one heck of a ride.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass (Dark Glass Mountain: Book Three)



Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil, and Maximilian, the Lord of Elcho Falling, have raised the magic of Elcho Falling, and found new allies against the darkness in the mysterious Lealfast. And more crucially still, Axis SunSoar, former god and current hero, has rediscovered the magical Star Dance and revived his legendary Strike Force to push back the evil hordes commanded by the DarkGlass Mountain.

But their enemy grows stronger through blood and betrayal, the Lealfast have their own agenda, and when unexpected treachery threatens, Axis SunSoar must face a darkness greater than any he has ever known.

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The Infinity Gate (Dark Glass Mountain: Book Three) by Sara Douglass

| Author: Sara Douglass
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mythology
| ISBN-10: 0060882204
| ISBN-13: 9780060882204
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
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The Infinity Gate (Darkglass Mountain, #3)



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The stakes are high. The fate of an entire world is at stake. Lies, deception, and betrayal run rampant and nobody knows who to trust. But one thing remains constant. Forget everything that you think you know. Everything is subject to change and does in this exciting conclusion to a wonderfully dark epic tale.

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