The Gambler's Fortune: Book Three: The Tales of Einarinn Paperback – 3 Aug. 2000
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'A moving, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social world, its people and its values.'
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- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 185723989X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857239898
- Dimensions : 11.2 x 4 x 17.7 cm
- Publisher : Orbit; First Paperback Edition (3 Aug. 2000)
- Language: : English
- Customer reviews:
A well written and impressive debut (Time Out)
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I think I prefer Livak as narrator to Ryshad - Livak feels a bit more fun to me. This book shows us more of the author's world building skills as we see how the different societies work within themselves and interact with others. This book has less focus on the elemental wizards and more on folklore and aetheric magic, and the hunt for answers that combine the two.
The plot involves Livak meeting wizards, discovering artifacts linking to a new kind of magic, a colleague being kidnapped, tracking down the colleague in dangerous circumstances, being tortured discovering the colleague has died, and that Livak has some innate ability that chimes with this new magic.
Dramatic irony is employed - it is clear to the reader that this new magic is in fact old magic - that Livak's birth is fundamental to the understanding of this magic - there is a racial link between her father and the peoples who use this strange magic.
A nice change from women being nurturing and sexless - Livak is not overly sentimental and not motherly, she has wit and she is clearly attractive. She is monogamous, although serially so, and requires no equivalent of matrimony. We are sympathetic towards her, even though she possesses many qualities given to the 'bad woman' of fantasy - respectability is not something she worries about.
Glad I re-read this one