- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books (31 Dec. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446607460
- ISBN-13: 978-0446607469
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,863,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Diplomacy of Wolves (Secret Texts) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1999
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Book one of "The Sacred Texts" is set in a world considerably more urban and urbane than traditional fantasy quest epics. Dirigible balloons ("airibles") coexist with Machiavellian plotting, Borgia-like malevolence, and deadly rivalry of great families resembling the Montagues and Capulets of Romeo and Juliet. There's magic too, forbidden but still furtively used: each clan has its secret corps of "Wolves", black magicians who conduct cruel sacrifices and may become physically monstrous from spell backlash. Young heroine Kait is a trainee diplomat and secretly a shapeshifter--that is, accursed and marked for death if ever exposed. After a horrific clash of wizardry and assassination that almost wipes out her clan, she takes ship in search of the ancient "Mirror of Souls" that legendarily can bring back the dead. But legends may be booby- trapped: Kait and other characters become guided by helpful spirit voices, gods with their own agenda and no love of humanity, and the Mirror's real function may be altogether different. Meanwhile, a long-dead sorcerer who opposed the gods with his own white-magic cult awaits rebirth.... The magic and its transforming side effects are exhilaratingly horrid; the novel ends with a whopping cliffhanger. Whatever next? Highly readable. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliant, new epic fantasy series from a young American author - will appeal to the fans of Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Holly has brought us a world with a set fully grown characters that grab you by the heart strings and pull you hell for leather after them as story unfolds in all its glory, filling you in on the history of the world in a fairly unnoticable but enjoyable way (I can't wait to find out more about this world!!). The characters she has created are very well painted for us, with one annoying quirk... everytime she answers one question she poses another for us *GRRR* drawing you deeper into the book.
I do however have one complaint about this book.... Why have a map if its to small for you read anything on? I must admit to having found this quite annoying!!
But nevermind my complaint if you want an intresting read I can't recomened this book highly enough!!
A son from the House of Sabir and a daughter from the House of Galweigh were to wed and end conflict. A young diplomat named Kait Galweigh uncovered a Sabir plot to ambush the entire House Galweigh during the wedding ceremony. She dared not tell how she discovered the plot though. She lived under "a curse" that made her Shift. The Shift changed her into a horrible monster wolf. Those of her kind were called Karnee. If her secret became known, even her own House would kill her. Worse, the House would kill her entire family as well!
A Sabir Karnee, Ry, had found Kait at the wedding and declared her for his own. Kait must flee Ry, all five of the Houses, wizards, the Scarred, and even ghosts of the long dead as she strived to complete a quest for the Mirror of Souls!
**** This book would be a five star book if the ending had been different. However, be forewarned, if you do not like a huge cliff hanger you can only do one of two things. Either avoid this trilogy or make sure you have all three books before you even begin reading! The story is amazing and you will read non-stop. But to end without book two on hand leaves the reader in a horrible lurch. No closure at all. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
One of these last is the young diplomat Kait Galweigh. She has inherited an age-old family curse: she is Karnee, a woman who can Shift into the form of a wolf-like beast. Her entire life has been spent hiding her curse, and so she is overjoyed to be sent on her first "mission" for the Galweigh Family. Kait's cousin Tippa is about to be married to a Dokteerak, in order to cement an alliance between the two Families. Kait is only at the engagement party to chaperone Tippa; but her Karnee abilities lead her to uncover a Dokteerak plot with the Sabir Family - the Galweigh's most hated enemies -that could mean the end of the Galweigh Family. As if this weren't bad enough, Kait meets and finds herself strangely attracted to a man who shares her Karnee curse - problem is, he's a Sabir.
Lisle writes with verve and energy and great style, the typical medieval fantasy setting offset by modern-sounding dialogue and descriptions that shouldn't really fit as well as they do. She can do grand and poetic as well, but somehow the whole trilogy has a feel to it that is - I'm sorry but theres no other words for it - sexy and cool. And no matter how much it sounds like Romeo and Juliet with magic on top of the blood and carefully crafted intrigues, Kait spends more time denying her growing love for Ry Sabir and clinging to her duty to her Family than she does hanging over balconies sighing his name. She's a great character: tough, clever and resourceful, although her uncertainties (especially in regard to Ry) can get a little irritating - even sound a bit whiny - sometimes.
The story can seem a bit confusing as the reader is dropped in the deep end right from the start, but the more we see of Kait's world, the more we come to understand it. But be warned: this is the first part of an (excellent) trilogy, and ends on a dreadful cliffhanger!
Sadly this promising setup is abandoned rather suddenly and the book takes a turn for the worse towards rather standard epic fantasy. Characterization is also somewhat weak and inconsistent- characters often seem to change their motivation and personality for no obvious reason.
The writing is good though somewhat unusual- the narration often spends large amounts of time describing why a character has just taken an action as well as what their thoughts were at the time. The book also has a great atmosphere and the pacing is extremely good. It's these three things which really kept my interest in the book despite the lackluster storyline and characters.
Finally it's worth noting that the book is the first in a series of three and ends abruptly without resolving anything. This didn't bother me but may well bother others.
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