- Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Spectra Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553577239
- ISBN-13: 978-0553577235
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,207,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Triad) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful ... A magnificent epic.
A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more.
A thoroughly engrossing new fantasy. It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn t let go.
George R.R. Martin
A relentless tale that examines whether the ends can ever completely justify the means.
Fresh and original ... Books like this are too good not to share.
Locus magazine called Lynn Flewelling s Nightrunner series a welcome sight and a pleasure to read. Now discover the magic for yourself with this remarkable fantasy trilogy, packed with rogues and spies, assassins and politicians:
Luck in the Shadows
Nightrunner Volume One
Nightrunner Volume Two
Traitor s Moon
Nightrunner Volume Three
Available wherever Bantam Books are sold"
"This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful ... A magnificent epic."
"A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more."
"A thoroughly engrossing new fantasy. It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn't let go."
-- George R.R. Martin
"A relentless tale that examines whether the ends can ever completely justify the means."
-- Robin Hobb
"Fresh and original ... Books like this are too good not to share."
-- Katherine Kurtz
Locus magazine called Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series "a welcome sight" and "a pleasure to read." Now discover the magic for yourself with this remarkable fantasy trilogy, packed with rogues and spies, assassins and politicians:
Luck in the Shadows
Nightrunner Volume One
Nightrunner Volume Two
Nightrunner Volume Three
Available wherever Bantam Books are sold
From the Inside Flap
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister's throne.
Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala's ancient rival Plenimar drains the country's lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line -- and from Illior's faithful, who spread the Oracle's words to a doubting populace.
As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king's nephew -- his sister's only child -- grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess's daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.
Only Tobin's noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king's wrath, a mother's madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother's demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder....
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly loved the spirit child named 'brother' who haunts the young prince Tobin as he struggles to live a normal life after the spellcasting that has been placed upon him at birth gives rise to supernatural and tragic occurences.
The book contains all the familiar and loved features of fantasy; powerful mages, evil kings, dark spells & high adventure etc, but uses them in such a refreshing and dark way that you are literally gripped to your seat reading it. After staying up all night I couldn't bear to go to work and not finish it - so I was sadly forced to pull a sickie instead! (moral: be warned and read it at a weekend and not during your tea break!)
If you buy this you will not be disappointed whether your preference is for traditional fantasy or for more alternative views on the genre...
The characters are very well created and believable (I say this, especially, because there are some of the 'good guys' that I don't like because of their personalities). There are two wizards (Iya & Arkoniel) and a witch named Lhel, and it's very believable the way they accuse the other (or others) of being responsible for what happened to Tobin and Brother (the dead twin) without wanting to fully admit to their own guilt.
Tobin is a wonderful character, and all the things that happen to him (or her, whichever) are devastating. It's dangerous for her to love anyone, even though she's been kept in the dark about this for most of her life. . The only negative thing I can say about this book is caused by the fact that I like order, and this book is full (it honestly is) of typos, missing words and words that have been reversed (i.e "He didn't know what do to"). While this appears as of very little concern and has nothing to do with the actual story, it still bugged me because of the frequency. This appears to me as sloppy and unprofessional and should not appear in a book as wonderful as this one; it deserves better. I thought you had an editor to deal with that sort of thing. The missing words and typos are all of the smaller region so the meaning of the sentences are still clear, but still - sloppy. Very. If this book wasn't as interesting as it is I would have discarded the book just because of that, not taking the writer seriously.Read more ›
The storyline is unusual, given that the readers already know the main twist of the story which is given within the first few chapters - that the 'hero is really a 'heroine'. Rather than detracting from the suspense and climax of the book, the fact that the audience knows the truth while the heroine herself doesn't, keeps you glued to each page, desperate to discover what happens next and if her secret will be discovered. A beautifully rich cast of supporting characters all of whom are believable and well-rounded, work together to make this book one of the best I've read in years, on par with Robin Hobb and the excellent 'Dark Materials' trilogy of Phillip Pullman.
The supernatural element of the book is not only refreshingly original, it adds to the 'fantasy' world which is created marvellously through various magics, mythical creatures and gods. One negative thing I could mention is that the intriguing Aurenfaie remain background characters and I would love to see them explored more, which hopefully will be done in the sequel. As for the typos and errors mentioned by an earlier reviewer, I seriously wonder if we were reading the same book as I didn't come across any, or maybe the story was so engrossing I didn't notice.
A brilliant, fascinatingly refreshing book which will almost certainly become one of the 'greats' of fantasy. I recommend it strongly to all readers of fantasy and the supernatural and I for one am counting the days down to the publication of the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
once again absolutely marvellous did not want to put it down, such good readingPublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by philip o'dell
Not your usual fantasy novel in that this has a darker theme underlying it. Persevere because after the first few chapters, the information starts to pool together and finally... Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by T
The first book of the fantasy series `Tamir Triad,' which follows the life of Tobin, the rightful queen of Skala whose gender was magically switched to keep her uncle, the King,... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2011 by Eden
Filling in the history from the Nightrunner novels, this brilliant fantasy novel manages to stand alone completely while also feeding into the larger world. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2011 by Ms. E. A. Pearson
The book arrived in perfect condition, and the story it self is just wonderful. It makes you want to continue reading for eternity.Published on 16 Nov. 2010 by Huldra
'The Bone Doll's Twin' is the first book in the 'Tamir Triad' trilogy.
'So long as a daughter of Thelatimos's line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated' so... Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is dark, gritty fantasy at its best, fast paced without losing any of its depth. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2007 by Sarah Kay