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The Bone Doll's Twin

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's old enemy and neighbour PlenimarAs people start to recall the Oracle's prophecy Erius begins to uietly kill off his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy Constantly in fear for her life Princess Ariani the King's sister gave birth to twins a boy and a girl But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius the patron of the powerful wizard Iya and Iya has sinister plans for the babesBONUS AUDIO Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Lynn Flewelling. This plot hinges on a rather interesting idea What if a boy was really a girl but didn't know it I don't mean didn't know it in the sense of the The Ill Made Mute but truly didn't know it and most people didn't know itFlewelling starts to answer such uestions in this book She also looks at how a land that once used women warriors slowly changes its view on them It's strange because there is not much action in the traditional sense of the word in the book It is about family faith cost and a willingness to pay It ends rather suddenlyYet it is very good Perhaps this is because Flewelling paints the characters so well Even minor characters have a realness about them and Flewelling is smart enough to let her readers make judgements about the characters not force judgements about characters on readers One author who constantly forces judgement about her character on her reader is Laurell K Hamilton Anita is always right Or think CSI Miami where Horatio is always right and why I stopped watching Well that and Rory left What happens makes one supposedly good character rather untrustworthy if not outright hated It's a brave author who does that and doesn't soften the blow or excuse the action A good challenging book


Long ago during the dark days of the Great War with Pleinmar King Thelatimos journeyed to the Oracle of the God Illior at Afra to save his warn torn kingdom Here he was presented with a prophecy 'So long as a daughter of Thelatimos's line defends and rules Skala shall never be subjugated' And that is how the line of ueens ruling over Skala was establishedHowever as generations went by the male heirs to the throne became intensely resentful of the prophecy that emasculated their clai. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting books I've read where almost nothing happens It is the fantasy euivalent of Something Happened by Joseph Heller when almost assuredly very little does Honestly I'm a little surprised I haven't heard fans of The Way of Kings raving about this the three dimensional statue to Sanderson's bas relief; though there is a solid sense of world building the focus here is thorough character development And that is perhaps why I couldn't ultimately throw this on the DNF pile besides Cillian's threat of terrorizing me with nitrite filled intestinal casings and why a part of me is considering continuing the seriesThe writing is uite honestly some of the most solid I've read in epic fantasy in a long while Descriptive and evocative; Flewelling does atmosphere very well Which is fortunate as a ghost is a critical characterThe blurb as almost always gets it wrong This is about the kingdom Skala in the microcosm of the king's sister and her child It begins with the well known foretelling so long as a daughter of Thelatimos' line defends and rules Skala shall never be subjugated the Oracle whispered A sympathetic advisor offers the king another explanation and female relatives to the throne begin meeting mysterious accidents An elderly female wizard Iya and her protégé receive a vision from their god about how to save the kingdom from invaders They develop an awful plan to protect the king's sister's unborn child The king's sister is due with twins and the night they are born some truly awful magic is done Tobin of course knows none of this growing up only that he has a ghostly brother haunting him and his mother His mother has gone mad and doesn't seem to notice the ghost at least not in the same way From there the narrative follows Tobin through the next few years of his lifeThe princess sat by the fire sewing away as madly as ever For the first time since the birth she had changed her nightdress for a loose gown and put on her rings again The hem was wet and streaked with mud Ariani's long hair hung in damp strands around her face The window was shut tight as always but Nari could smell the night air on her and the hint of something else besides Nari wrinkled her nose trying to place the raw unpleasant odorAlthough Flewelling plays a bit with the early narrative the first couple of chapters from the point of view of the wizards Iya and Arkoniel; the third from a hill witch Lhel; and the fourth from Nani the witness to the birth and wetnurse the majority of the remaining story is from Tobin's with occasional forays into Arkoniel's thoughts as he works to protect Tobin the future ueenIt's a great premise and uite honestly I think I picked it up partly to see how a fantasy book would deal with gender identityassignment Alas that this part of the trilogy is very straightforward ha ha; young Tobin is convinced he is male although he has moments of feeling troubled by wanting a doll when very young I'm almost tempted to pick up the next book for the psychology of the issue; it's a very cruel thing that Iya Arkoniel Lhel and Tobin's father have done You see Tobin is not gender dysmorphic his belief in his gender matches his appearance but will have to be told eventually that she is not what she thinksWhat I ended up with instead of an exploration of gender is Tobin learning to deal with the ghostpoltergeist Brother and his efforts to find his place in the household It is an immersive story; when I read I could see it happening very clearly in my mind's eye and was engrossed in the detail of the story But and this is a big one when I set it down it was without deep regret and there was no particular impetus to pick it up again I don't know what to make of that; the combination of absorbing without addicting is very rare in the books I read Had I felt like being unkind I might point out how each chapter has a semi significant event For instance in chapter 16 Arkoniel comes to visit Tobin and becomes his tutor; in chapter 18 Arkoniel suggests to Tobin's father the prince that they find him a young companion and in chapter 23 Tobin gets his own suire This is perhaps The Belgariad at uarter speed with better writingWould I read it again Hell no Would I read the next Possibly It depends on what threats incentives Cillian offers meAs an aside this has been on my TBR list since 2011 I'm not uite sure what that says but it seems appropriate

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M to power Finally ueen Agnalain took the throne and the people of Skala suffered under her erratic and selfish command Prompted by the people's outcry over this mad ueen her son Prince Erius claimed primogeniture and seized the throne Erius's ascent may have pleased the people of Skala but a faction of the population one who had not forgotten the prophecy were worried Plague drought and famine spread throughout the kingdom weakening it's defences and offering easy pickings to Skala. I really like this trilogy It sounds weird when you read the synopsis but it's really good

  • Audiobook
  • 17
  • The Bone Doll's Twin
  • Lynn Flewelling
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
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