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Finder [Paperback]

Terri-Lynne Defino
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12 Nov 2010
Survival along Therk's seedy coast is precarious. Hounds rule the streets with fear and fists. Former highwaymen now call themselves Merchants. Spices, rare since the desert swallowed the Spice Way, are forbidden to all but the wealthy and powerful. Ethen's ability to Find lost objects has helped him survive in this world; now, it's going to make him rich. The Merchant Juddah Luash has offered him a fortune, but not for an object he wants Found. Juddah wants Ethen to Find a person, the escaped slave, Zihariel. To find her brother, sold after the Purge of Calaira, Zihariel has fled her luxurious life as a musician performing for the wealthiest households in the desert. She soon discovers the world is much bigger than she ever suspected, teeming with those who see her only as a pooni, an object to be bought and sold, used until she is used up. Not even her music belongs to her, but to the Dommi-sa who etches his mark onto her skin. From the deserts of Therk to the island of Moscrea and across the Bloodbane Sea, Ethen and Zihariel lie and thieve their way to the great city of Bosbana. There, Ethen's promised fortune and Zihariel's greatest performance await - unless they sacrifice all to flee together into the Dragonbacks and become fugitives for the rest of their lives.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (12 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982946724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982946725
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.3 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,186,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling 5 Jun 2013
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This was the first I had heard of this author - now I want to find more of her books!

Very well constructed "world" with believable characters in how they respond to one another
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever new voice 19 Nov 2013
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Bought entirely on speck, this turned out to be a very engaging read. The plot was well thought out and the characters, even the minor ones, kept me interested. I'll certainly look for books by this author again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading is believing 28 Aug 2013
When is a fantasy not a fantasy? When it's a possibility. When we read a fantasy & ask ourselves, if a fantasy world could be real, might it not be a little like this?

Finder by Terri-Lynne Defino has that edge: the `what if' factor. It is easy to suspend disbelief & enter into a world you can imagine yourself actually living in. You can imagine yourself knowing the characters & having [some of] them for friends. (You would cross the street to avoid a few, I promise you. And surely, one of the secrets to any good story lies in having a few disreputable characters?)

In essence, the story tells how Ethan, the eponymous `Finder' of lost things & lost people, is commissioned to find the runaway slave, Zihariel.

Fantasy is not my thing. I read JRR Tolkien back in the day & loved his writing. Since then, I have been wary of anything that smacks of plagiarism. I want my characters & my stories to have the Tolkien ring of truth but equally, I want them to be freshly authentic. No mean feat. And I want the themes I write about myself: love, loss, magic, secrets; sadness & redemption. In Finder, I found them all. Add excitement, adventure & elements of fantasy that kept me turning the pages, & colour me ridiculously enchanted.

The world the author creates is complex; her characters diverse. The issue of slavery isn't an easy one to address. She tackles it in a sympathetic & adult fashion. I began by liking Zihariel & ended up loving her.

In Ethan I met a male fantasy character I could believe in. I had half expected him to be much younger & I liked that he was largely a fully grown man - it added to the complexity of his character & made him more realistically vulnerable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure about love, betrayal and redemption 6 Dec 2010
By Karin Rita Gastreich - Published on
Ethen has lived his youth on the streets, learning to survive through cheating and thievery. Yet he has a gift that promises him a future of wealth and prosperity: He is a Finder. Upon contact with simple objects, maps unfold in his mind and locations reveal themselves. Elite families pay well to have that which was lost to them Found, and Ethen's first commission is a simple one: Find the runaway slave Zihariel.

So begins this great adventure across the Mediterranean-style landscapes of Therk, Moscrea and Greater Argoa. When at last Ethen tracks down Zihariel, it will be the end of his innocence and the beginning of another long and difficult journey -- this time through the endlessly complex terrain of his own heart.

This story, woven against the backdrop of a rich and beautiful culture characterized by great compassion and great violence, is a must read for followers of fantasy and magical realism. The characters and their world spring to life from the pages; and while the fantastical elements of FINDER stretch our imaginations, there is an authenticity to Ethen's world that leaves the reader thinking this might once have been part of our own history.

FINDER is truly an engaging and satisfying read; the kind of story that will stay with you for a very long time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, Magical, Memorable. 1 Nov 2010
By Scout - Published on
Simply stated, Finder is a story about a boy who finds a girl. They fall in love, and stay in love...despite their efforts to deny those feelings. Music and spices seals their fates. To say that is all this story is about is to do it a HUGE injustice. This story addresses issues of slavery, self-discovery, familial loyalty and pride, politics AND love. Friendship love. Intimate love. Soulmate Love. You laugh. You cry. You find yourself sitting in the audience listening to Zihariel play her flute. You find yourself depressed and hopeless as Ethen tries to forget the beating of his heart, a beat that longs for Zihariel. And you feel Zihariel's longing as she turns away from her music and her heart. The cast of characters is broad. Young and old. Cunning and forthcoming. There is something for everyone in this adventure of a story. You will fall in love with its enchanting characters, the brilliant unfolding of the tale, and the exquisite writing. Terri-Lynne DeFino's debut novel is a force to be reckoned with.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling debut fantasy novel 11 Nov 2010
By Shauna S. Roberts - Published on
This is a fast-paced, exciting fantasy novel with substance. There's plenty of adventure, yes, but underneath the author deals with substantive issues such as the sacrifice, the nature of freedom, the soul-squashing effects of slavery, and the effect of choices.

The last theme resonates throughout the book. The characters in this book make choices--sometimes well-thought-out choices, but often minor, on-the-fly choices--that turn out to have repercussions throughout their lives. The unusual structure of this novel, with the second half taking place 18 years after the first half, allows the characters to grow and change. They and the reader see the effects of these decisions and must reevaluate whether the choices were right and worthwhile.

The main character, Ethen, has a fascinating talent I don't recall seeing in other fantasies before: the ability to find people and objects. He takes on a job to find a runaway slave that could make him a fortune and that leads him on a far-ranging adventure through several lands with repercussions for the rest of his life.

So many fantasies follow the same formula that it's great fun to read something fresh and that holds surprises. I recommend Finder to all fantasy readers, but particularly those tired of the same-old same-old.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy world that you'd like to call yours 29 Mar 2011
By Patricia J. Esposito - Published on
There are lands that I never knew existed: Calaira and Bosbana, the white coasts and purple-red Dragonback mountains, the Iabba desert that swallowed the Spice Way, places where you eat warm, sugared popoveh from your pocket. And if you keep walking toward the town square, you might hear an eflaute playing the most beautiful music the world has ever heard, music that reaches deep inside each person, calling up their lives and what's deepest in their heart.

This is the music of Zihariel, which plays in Terri-Lynne DeFino's novel The Finder, and I have to remind myself that Zihariel and these lands aren't real. That's how vivid this book is, a fantasy world that unfolds organically from fantasy characters to give us a story of love and loyalty and the need for individual freedom.

DeFino's success in creating the world of The Finder, I think, is in part her curious details: "Spidering up Babsi Cliffs, Bosbana's greatest defense, rose a great stone staircase to the city above. The famous lifts were positioned at precise intervals, raised and lowered by means of pulleys and gears ..." But also it's the way in which she reveals the details. In the above description, the word "famous" creates a sense of history, and also there is movement through the pulleys and gears. The world opens as characters experience it, rather than straightforward description alone, and in that we are with the characters, immediately in place.

But it's not creativity and authenticity alone that drew me in; it's the immediate likability of these characters. Ethen, the Finder, is a young man having to make his own way, the crafty street urchin with the noble heart. Zihariel is a talented musician stuck in her heritage of slavery, who, though frustrated and unhappy with the choices stripped from her, continues to see the world's beauty and express the heart of everyone in her music.

Minor characters, too, possess a friendliness and good-heartedness, and are colorfully drawn so that when they vanish and then return later, we're glad to see them. I was also thrilled when my expectations of stereotypical family dishonor was replaced with surprising and welcome compassion. The Finder is one of those books in which, as you near the end, you start looking at the number of pages remaining--because it's only that much longer you get to stay with characters who've begun to feel like friends.

I came upon this book when I was looking for a fun read that I could immerse myself in, eager to return to it each time I had to leave. It met all my expectations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical story of love and difficult choices... 14 Dec 2010
By Maurissa Guibord - Published on
Finder was a beautifully unique and epic tale. I loved the world-building here- and saw vividly the desert sands as well as the idyllic garden-cities of DeFino's setting. The two main characters, Ethen and Zihariel won my heart and then broke it again with the choices they made. Finder is about magic, freedom, loyalty, and long-lost secrets, but most importantly, it's about love.
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