Posts that have been tagged with: "Elizabeth Bear"

Review

The Stone in the Skull

Posted: November 2, 2017 by Vanessa in Books We Like Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Fantasy
The Stone in the Skull

If you read Elizabeth Bear’s The Eternal Sky series (RANGE OF GHOSTS starts the trilogy), then you’ll love her new The Lotus Kingdoms series (which takes place in the same universe) starting with THE STONE IN THE SKULL. However, even if you haven’t read her before, if you like clever and beautifully written novels, then you should be reading more Elizabeth Bear.

From the dustjacket: “The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

“They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.”
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Review

Karen Memory

Posted: May 31, 2016 by Vanessa in Books We Like Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Steampunk
Karen Memory

If you haven’t read anything by Elizabeth Bear you are seriously missing out. This woman can write anything. Anything I tell you. Norse mythology? (Amazon) Check. Vikings and telepathic wolves? (EBR Review) Yep. Magic in the Steppe? (EBR Review) You bet. And now she’s written a book that takes place in a steampunk version of a port city in the Washington Territory post-Civil War with a Jack the Ripper serial killer on the loose.

It’s as awesome as it sounds.
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Review

An Apprentice to Elves

Posted: October 20, 2015 by Vanessa in Books We Like Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Sara Monette, Fantasy
An Apprentice to Elves

When AN APPRENTICE TO ELVES showed up in my mailbox and I saw Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette’s names on the cover I totally squeed.

Until I discovered it was book 3 in the Iskryne series–how had I not heard of Bear’s new stuff? I loved her Eternal Sky series–start with RANGE OF GHOSTS (EBR Review); I read Monette’s MELUSINE and was meh about the story but not her writing craft, which is pretty amazing. I stomped around grumpily for a bit, but decided to dig in anyway without even looking up the first two books. Turns out you can read this book on its own.

Set in an alternate Norse/Germanic wintery island in the north, the men of Iskryne can bond with the local telepathic wolves, with whom they defend the populace from trolls and wyverns. But a new threat is creeping its way into the land: the Rheans (alternate Romans) are intent on conquest, and have the resources to do it.
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Review

Steles of the Sky

Posted: May 27, 2014 by Shawn in Books We Love Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Fantasy
Steles of the Sky

It took me a while to catch on to this series by Elizabeth Bear.  I’d seen reviews when the first book, RANGE OF GHOSTS, came out, including here at EBR (EBR Review).  I even saw the second book in the series, SHATTERED PILLARS, come out and also reviewed here (EBR Review).  The books started to sit in my mind a bit.  It took a while, but they sounded like something I needed to be a part of.  So late last year I finally got RANGE OF GHOSTS (loved it), and for Christmas I received SHATTERED PILLARS (fantastic) so that I could be ready to go when the last volume STELES OF THE SKY (Amazon) came out.
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Review

Shattered Pillars

Posted: August 16, 2013 by Vanessa in Books We Like Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Fantasy
Shattered Pillars

I was blown away by RANGE OF GHOSTS (EBR Review) last year, and was so excited to receive SHATTERED PILLARS (Amazon) in the mail, the second installment of Elizabeth Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy. But before I start the review, if you haven’t read GHOSTS, stop and read it before you continue. PILLARS will not make sense if you read them out of order.
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Review

Range of Ghosts

Posted: August 13, 2012 by Vanessa in Books We Love Meta: Elizabeth Bear, Fantasy
Range of Ghosts

After the Great Khan’s death his heirs fought over his empire, wiping out entire armies. A grandson of the Khan, Temur is left for dead on the battlefield and miraculously survives to join the refugees fleeing the Steppes. But in order to avoid notice by an enemy that would kill him, he hides his identity.

Samarkar, former princess and now a widow, is close to completing her training to become a wizard. But despite great sacrifice, there’s no guarantee that she will actually be able to wield magic at all.

The necromancer al-Sepehr is aiding Temur’s cousin to re-conquer the Khaganate, and he will do anything to win, even raise the dead to fight the living.
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