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The Diviner Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reissue edition (Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407414
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rawn weaves a rich tapestry of war, magic, and relationships in this historical fantasy prequel to 1996's "The Golden Key".... Rawn at her best remains a mesmerizing writer."--Publishers Weekly

"Superb.... This book is a prequel to "The Golden Key" (1996) yet stands on its own merits and will delight anyone who enjoys reading about chivalry, the Middle East, and a genetic mutation that allows some to harness magic in ways that are carefully guarded."--Booklist

"Melanie Rawn is an amazingly talented writer who is capable of some of the most direct and clearest fantasy writing I've had the pleasure of reading in quite some time."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A tale of loyalty, treachery, and love.... The author s large readership as well as lovers of epic fantasy should enjoy this stand-alone prequel." Library Journal, Starred Review
"Rawn weaves a rich tapestry of war, magic, and relationships in this historical fantasy prequel to 1996's "The Golden Key."... Rawn at her best remains a mesmerizing writer." Publishers Weekly
"Superb.... This book is a prequel to "The Golden Key" (1996) yet stands on its own merits and will delight anyone who enjoys reading about chivalry, the Middle East, and a genetic mutation that allows some to harness magic in ways that are carefully guarded." Booklist
"Melanie Rawn is an amazingly talented writer who is capable of some of the most direct and clearest fantasy writing I've had the pleasure of reading in quite some time." Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

About the Author

Melanie Rawn, the author of DAW s bestselling"Dragon Prince"trilogy "Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, "and"Sunrunner s Fire" is a second-generation Californian who, after graduating from Scripps College with a B.A. in history, worked as a teacher and editor while writing her first two novels. She lives in a small town outside Los Angeles and keeps cacti as pets. She can be found at melanierawn.com."


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After a two-book stint in paranormal romance/urban fantasy, I was delighted to learn that Melanie Rawn would return to fantasy with her next project. Though both Spellbinder and Fire Raiser were good novels, they featured a different narrative voice and could have been written under a pseudonym.

With The Diviner, the Melanie Rawn which gave us The Dragon Prince trilogy (Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, Sunrunner's Fire), The Dragon Star trilogy (Stronghold, The Dragon Token, Skybowl), and The Exiles (The Ruins of Ambrai and The Mageborn Traitor) is back with what could be her most tightly plotted and adroitly paced novel to date.

The Diviner is a prequel to the 1996 World Fantasy Award finalist The Golden Key (Canada, USA, Europe), which was co-authored by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliot. Be that as it may, having read The Golden Key is no prerequisite to fully enjoy this newest addition in the saga. Although it paves the way for what is to come, The Diviner is a stand-alone work that makes for a satisfying reading experience on its own.

Here's the blurb:

Bestselling author Melanie Rawn's triumphant return to high fantasy.

The only survivor of royal treachery that eliminates his entire family, Azzad al-Ma'aliq flees to the desert and dedicates himself to vengeance. With the help of the Shagara, a nomadic tribe of powerful magicians, he begins to take his revenge-but at a terrible cost to himself.

The Middle Eastern and Mediterranean settings were a welcome change from the usual medieval European environment so predominant in fantasy novels. The Tza'ab Rih desert and its people come alive through Rawn's vivid narrative. Discovering more about the mysterious Shagara was an added bonus.
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A reasonable read, nice to have all over in one book. Story moves through an extended time frame but thought the end was a bit of a fizzle. Well enough written but I was not gripped. However DO read The Golden Key.
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This explains how the magic started. Read it after you've read the series and it makes a lot of sense of the later books. Cleverly introduced ideas.
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It's OK, but not up to the standard demonstrated in prior work and call me old fashioned but I sort of like to read the end of one story line before starting a wholey different one.
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