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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Triad) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • 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)
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This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful ... A magnificent epic.
Booklist
A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more.
Locus
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
Stalking Darkness
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."
-- Booklist
"A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more."
-- Locus
"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
Stalking Darkness
Nightrunner Volume Two
Traitor's Moon
Nightrunner Volume Three
Available wherever Bantam Books are sold

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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....

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This series is Lynn Flewelling at her best. The characters are well developed, the plot sufficiently complex without becoming confusing, and offering up with something different from what was out there at the time. I read it when it first came out, and it more than withstood a revisit.
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One of my favorite books ever just finished my 4th reading cant get enough great story
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If you are looking for an excellent fantasy with an original yet sinister twist then you have most definitely found it! The history and legends that haunt the country, Skala, are vividly sketched out which helps the terrifiying actions of the characters involved become not only believable but understandable.
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...
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Fate has an important role in this story about the first years of a future hero --who is, in fact, a heroine-- and the ever-present ghost of his twin brother. We see the life of Tobin from the beginning until he (she) realizes who he (she) really is. The tension is built to have its climax in the moment of final discovery, where the novel ends. Even though we witness the secret event and know the truth from the beginning, the author manages to have us thrilled and turning pages at a fast pace to learn HOW what-we-know is going to happen. I also loved the no-nonsense use of magic, always logical and justified, and the role that the "old religion", the Goddess religion which has almost disappeared, has in the story.There is also love,fear, friendship, loyalty and adventure. I simply loved this novel and will read everything that I find by the same author.
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By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
This was an absolutely wonderful book, which I will gladly recommend to anyone looking for a great read. I am always very picky about what I read, but this book had me staying up all night because I couldn't just put it down. All through the book questions and new situations kept appearing so that I had to continue reading to find out what would happen next.
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.
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This superb book was recommended to me by a friend online and I haven't regretted one penny I spent on it.
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.
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