The Bone Doll's Twin

The Bone Doll's Twin➥ [Ebook] ➠ The Bone Doll's Twin By Lynn Flewelling ➯ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 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 queens ruling over Skala was establishedHowever, The Bone PDF \ as generations went by, the male heirs to the throne became intensely resentful of the prophecy that emasculated their claim to power Finally Queen 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 queen, 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 s old enemy and neighbour, PlenimarAs people start to recall the Oracle s prophecy, Erius begins to quietly 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 babesNUS AUDIO Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Lynn Flewelling. This is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting books I ve read where almost nothing happens It is the fantasy equivalent 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 ulti This is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting books I ve read where almost nothing happens It is the fantasy equivalent 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 series.The writing is, quite 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 character.The 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 prot g 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 life The 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 odor Although 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 queen.It s a great premise, and quite honestly, I think I picked it up partly to see how a fantasy book would deal with gender identity assignment 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 s he is not what s he thinks.What I ended up with instead of an exploration of gender is Tobin learning to deal with the ghost poltergeist 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 squire This is, perhaps, The Belgariad at quarter speed with better writing.Would I read it again Hell, no Would I read the next Possibly It depends on what threats incentives Cillian offers me.As an aside, this has been on my TBR list since 2011 I m not quite sure what that says, but it seems appropriate 7 10 If you are searching for a well written, engaging, completed epic fantasy series, you have come to the right place All three books of the Tamir trilogy are published a major factor in my decision to pick it up, since I don t like to wait years for each episode It s only three books, so the readers know beforehand they will not get saddled with ten never ending stories It is character driven, with an attention to detail that reminds me positively of Robin Hobb or J V Jones It has a 7 10 If you are searching for a well written, engaging, completed epic fantasy series, you have come to the right place All three books of the Tamir trilogy are published a major factor in my decision to pick it up, since I don t like to wait years for each episode It s only three books, so the readers know beforehand they will not get saddled with ten never ending stories It is character driven, with an attention to detail that reminds me positively of Robin Hobb or J V Jones It has an interesting magic system necromancy is underused in fantasy, and I welcome the change from the usual spellmaking with fireballs and lightning strikes It deals in a modern way with gender roles, both by putting women in positions of power and by questioning the sexual identity of the protagonists.That said, while the series showcases some of the best features of epic fantasy, it also suffers from some tired, overused cliches heavy handed use of prophecy, young protagonist with a future as the saviour of civilization, generic worldbuilding with warring medieval kingdoms, generic villains evil kingdoms.I am not going to write a synopsis, as I wasinterested in the characters than in the actual plot We meet Tobin in a dramatic presentation a twin birth in the royal family of the kingdom of Skala The rest of the first volume follows Tobin through troubled childhood years and into early adolescence as a knight in training to the heir of the throne The bone doll from the title plays a major role in the life of Tobin Secondary characters are very well written, especially Tobin s young squire, a sort of hedge knight, and a trio of mages whose actions fall in the grey zone between the forces of light and darkness does the end result justified the evil done to achieve it The pace is slow, and there is a lot of build up, of positioning of actors for future conflicts, yet the novel is an easy, fast read It is also very much not a stand alone book, but the first part of a longer story, so it ends pretty much in the middle of the action, with Tobin going through a rite of passage view spoiler finding out he is a girl disguised in a boy s body when he she starts menstruating hide spoiler.I will continue with the Tamir Trilogy, with moderate hopes of being further entertained I may even revise the initial rating with an extra star, and write adetailed review, depending on how original and well handled are the events in the next episode.Recommended mostly for fans of epic fantasy okay people i see what books y all add when i post em. you re not fooling me and i know all your biases against fantasy but i gotta tell you, that lynn flewelling is pretty fucking gifted.she writes super detailed, complicated characters who have lots of internal and external struggles.these books focus on a girl who was turned into a boy for survival and how that survival happens and her gender dysphoria when she is turned back into a boy among other things.i couldn t stop reading.yum okay people i see what books y all add when i post em. you re not fooling me and i know all your biases against fantasy but i gotta tell you, that lynn flewelling is pretty fucking gifted.she writes super detailed, complicated characters who have lots of internal and external struggles.these books focus on a girl who was turned into a boy for survival and how that survival happens and her gender dysphoria when she is turned back into a boy among other things.i couldn t stop reading.yum highly recommended give em a chance I really like this trilogy It sounds weird when you read the synopsis, but it s really good. I loved this story I was swept away by the setting, the characters and the adventures of a young boy finding his way in a complex world and learning his true nature and purpose This is a beautifully written, dark and compelling fantasy that explores gender roles and identity. Wow So I m really torn about this book I realize that gender identity wasn t as well documented in the oughties as it is today, but even so, a slight amount of effort to put one s self in the shoes of someone whose gender can be taken from them at the will of others would expose how difficult that would be Putting the inherent transphobia aside as best I can this is misery porn It s misery porn in a story with 2 introductions and no plot progression And yet all that said, part of me stil Wow So I m really torn about this book I realize that gender identity wasn t as well documented in the oughties as it is today, but even so, a slight amount of effort to put one s self in the shoes of someone whose gender can be taken from them at the will of others would expose how difficult that would be Putting the inherent transphobia aside as best I can this is misery porn It s misery porn in a story with 2 introductions and no plot progression And yet all that said, part of me still wants to see how this poor kid will turn out.CONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers, just a list of topics view spoiler misogyny, racism, transphobia, torture, murder of children, homophobia queer antagonism, rape, coercion, loss of a child, loss of a parent hide spoiler Things that were enjoyable Ki and Tharin The ONLY good people in the whole damn book Ki is great, sweet and adventurous Tharin s got strong fatherly protector vibes and I love it Strong sense of foreshadowing I think this worked really well for the author She hinted so strongly at things that I want to know how they turn out, even though I hate the set up.Things that make me froth at the mouth angry Gender politics Okay, so in ourenlightened age, we know there s gender roles, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genitalia It s fascinating, because this book plays with all of them double entendre intended , and yet manages to get them all wrong in the least intentional way possible The attempts at demonstrating that gender roles are simply social constructs backfires when the women we see on screen the most are stereotypically feminine mothers and whores and witches There s a discussion about toxic masculinity vs healthy masculinity that is tarred by equating healthy masculinity with homosexual leanings which isn t to say that gay men aren t healthy, but rather subverts this message by suggesting that if you re not sticking swords in dudes or err other swords into the ladies, you re weird I think the author was trying to suggest view spoiler that Tobin wasn t really a boy because he liked dolls and has a crush on Ki hide spoiler further compounding sex and gender in uncomfortable ways The patriarchal view of feminine horror Related to above, but if a woman is traumatized by real things that people have done to her, she is not mad To say she has gone crazy because she reacts to the events she has witnessed and felt is gaslighting, pure and simple A woman who rejects a role offered to her is not unwomanly A woman who fails to follow the patterns prescribed for her by her tormentors is not insane This wasn t news 20 years ago Unending cruelty This is a grimdark story, but one that imitates art rather than creating it It is a laundry list of the worst possible things that can happen to a person, and each ismeticulously checked off the list than it is contemplated Honestly, much of it felt wholly unnecessary, or perhaps blown too soon Strangely, the author also seemed to want me to be sympathetic towards the people who could be so cruel I didn t get it Rhius, Arkoniel, Lhel who is super problematic the promiscuous Black savage with blood magic Yikes Iya, Korin they can all rot in hell, I don t care how many times they hug the person they ve traumatized You re bad and you should feel bad Look, grimdark can be fine, if the author actually thinks through what this would be like for the character, how this reads to the audience, and we set up each act of malevolence in a way that feels honest I don t for a second think there s any of this in this book No story This is a 524 page prologue We have the terrible events that spawn a child, we watch him grow, we get lots of hints about magic and demons and prophecies, and just when it seems like that s about to start a chain reaction, we go through knight school aka childhood 2.0 The magic system If there s foresight, order magic and life magic, and remembering in the meta sense that the system can be controlled by the author, how did we end in this situation The initial event sounds completely fabricated to me, and the end event was preventable Not everything has to be hard magic, but it does need to be internally consistent I need reasons why things had to go this way rather than some other way, because magic is a construct of a world I m just visiting and I don t know the rules The ending Or, the lack of ending It s a cliffhanger, with what I imagine is something that s going to piss me right the off if what I think happened is true Just another checkmark for the litany of horrors I guess this author finds fun Also a prologue with no wrap up Jesus This could have been a 20 page chapter in the next book and we would have felt the heartbreak and trauma without having to live every second of it.I m torn about whether or not I will continue I feel similarly to this as I do about Wheel of Time I hated it, I don t think I should have read it, but having read it, I want to know how it ends Damn you, epic fantasy, I just can t quit you I do not recommend this book unless you reeeeeeaally love grimdark coming of age tales and are totally cool with everyone who isn t cis het, white, able bodied and a man just getting stereotyped to literal death 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 it.Flewelling starts to answer such questions 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 isabout family, fait 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 it.Flewelling starts to answer such questions 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 isabout family, faith, cost, and a willingness to pay It ends rather suddenly.Yet, 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 The Bone Doll s TwinORThere Are Probably More Awkward Ways To Save a Kingdom But I Can t Think of Them NowThis is not a happy book, but for all the darkness, all the discomfort inherent in it, it s not a hard read It doesn t make the reader miserable, but rather intrigues and invites them further into this strange story.The book works for two reasons One, Flewelling has an excellent grip on how to write children and teens Tobin reacts to everything the way a child does He doesn t grasp how s The Bone Doll s TwinORThere Are Probably More Awkward Ways To Save a Kingdom But I Can t Think of Them NowThis is not a happy book, but for all the darkness, all the discomfort inherent in it, it s not a hard read It doesn t make the reader miserable, but rather intrigues and invites them further into this strange story.The book works for two reasons One, Flewelling has an excellent grip on how to write children and teens Tobin reacts to everything the way a child does He doesn t grasp how strange and messed up things are, he has never known anything else The rest feel like actual kids, not devils drawn up to torment the hero or idealized visions of innocence Just kids, prone to mistakes and cruelty without even thinking about it.And two, she doesn t beat us over the head with the gender tensions Yes, it is present, but often in a subtle way The most obvious gender tension is when Tobin is taught, by actionthan words, that Boys Do Not Play With Dolls And this tension keeps cropping up because dolls are also a strong theme in the work But it does not come up constantly that Tobin Cannot Have Dolls Because Tobin Is A Boy, but rather, it crops up in a quiet, unease that leads to certain plot points without a hammer to our head.A very interesting and thoughtful read, I will be picking up the rest of the series Another really excellent, dignified fantasy series But other than the big 4 Martin, Hobb, Flewelling and de Lint , I haven t foundgreat authors Well, yeah, Tolkien, but come on The movies are so much better kiss my ss, Tolkien die hards, I don t have time for the listing of every familly name of every Hobbit in the Shire