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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873066
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,983,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lords of Caladore were once in contact with powerful elemental forces--the dragons of the sea; conquered by fire worshippers, they are forced to renounce those powers forever. Yet their women keep the faith in secret for two centuries... Thus far, Storm Constantine's first excursion into heroic fantasy is a standard combination of the religious and the military, portraying a world in which power is all, but its location never obvious. What pulls it out of the rut is the clarity with which she sees her characters--the neurotic incestuous Pharinet, and her brother Val, emotionally scarred by a ritual gone wrong. Above all, she makes us feel for Val's second wife Varencienne, a princess imposed on him by the emperor he serves, and in spite of being a foreigner and an enemy, the most loyal servant Calador's dragons will ever have. This is a heartless world--friendship counts, but love is a gambit; Storm Constantine's usual taste for the mystically perverse is on display here, coupled with an unusually strong sense of the ambiguities of most characters. Varencienne's brother Bayard is a destructive nuisance in the lives of her new friends, but is also the person closest to her. This is a satisfying start to an attractive series. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The descendents of Caradore rise to reclaim the magical powers of the sea-dragons, stripped from them centuries ago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy C. Darling on 7 Feb 2003
Format: Paperback
The Magravandias series (starting with this book) is probably the easiest Storm book to get your hands on. Out of all her books, this series is closest to what I always thought regular "fantasy" books would be like -- has a Medieval type setting, castles, dragons, heroes on a "quest" for artifacts, noble ideals, forces of darkness to be overcome, etc. That said, I think Storm turns a lot of the cliches on their heads and makes it all quite twisted :) The books have a big undercurrent of sexuality, notably a strong same sex attachment while at the same time tying in with things like Medieval sagas and German myths. Best of all, the books really lead up and up to a cool conclusion which you don't see coming and which is very satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clea Neil on 14 Jun 2000
Format: Hardcover
The only other book by Constantine I've tried (one of the Wraethru novels) I hurled across the room, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Sea Dragon Heir. Tales of fallen families and their attempts to rise again with the help of the gods are common in fantasy, but rarely do they come across as anything but deserving. I won't spoil the book by giving away any of its secrets, but I think readers of authors such as Patricia McKilip, Victoria Strauss, Tanith Lee, Sarah Ash, amongst others, will enjoy this book highly.
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Format: Paperback
The world in Sea Dragon Heir is a rich and complex one, fascinating from the start. In addition, the characters involved are deep and real. It is impossible not to identify with them and get sucked into one of the most wonderful novels I've read. The concept and plot are fresh; the pace is perfect; the storytelling all that you could wish for. I was whisked away to the realm she had created and very much resented coming back to this reality when I stopped reading! I've recommended this book to many satisfied friends. It is a truly beautiful work, full of action and intrigue, and a great start to the series.
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By A Customer on 26 July 2001
Format: Paperback
An intriguing plot and well developed characters make this book special. By telling the first half of the book from the view of one character and switching the view to a second character for the second half, your perceptions of good and bad people become twisted. In the end you just realise there is no definite good or evil just different aims and means.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ljanuary" on 14 Sep 2002
Format: Paperback
Set in the bewitching heart of Caradore, Storm weaves a tale that enchants and enthrals. It is dark and dangerous yet full of life and love. The writing style is lush and encapsulating, Storm has the ability to draw you into her fictional landscapes so fully you don't want to leave. The rhythm and melody of the writing matched the setting and the plot, well-paced and imaginative.
It uses dragons and magic in ways that lift them way about standard fantasy; imaginative interpretations of the whys and wherefores behind the myths allowed innovative use of them in the plot. Though the initial portrayal of the magic annoyed me, seeming silly and ineffectual, this was as it should be, as the characters perceived it, as the characters doubted it. As the story develops, so does the magic.
It is not standard fantasy fare. The fantasy I've read often feels hollow, the breadth of the vision and the role of the characters rarely fleshed out satisfactorily. Storm's fantasy seems more solid. It is real. The rain is wet, the winter is chill and the walls are cold; interactions, effects and reactions to things in the world are expressed naturally and thicken the backdrop of the story. The politics are convincingly underpinned by information never info-dumped, about real events, like the war which is described and justified and played through by focusing on both big and small effects on people, groups of people and entire countries. The characters hurt, love, play games and grow, all recounted with care and creativeness showing the writer's deep interest in them.
Though the characters in this book may have behaved in a way I wish they hadn't, I never lacked sympathy for and understanding of them.
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