- Paperback: 490 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (18 Mar. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753503905
- ISBN-13: 978-0753503904
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.4 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,497,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Havenstar Paperback – 18 Mar 1999
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The eight areas of stability in an otherwise endlessly changeable landscape are slowly eroding, and attempts by the church authorities to keep everything from changing-- hereditary employment, laws against new fashions--are proving futile. As people travel from Stability to Stability for trade or pilgrimage, they need maps, accurate maps; and a map that changes with the landscape is the most prized of all, something men and demons will kill for. Keris inherits such a map from her murdered father, and goes on the run for the crime of rejecting a suitor and being good at the unwomanly occupation of mapmaking. Soon she finds herself involved with the gloomy Davron, a guide whose relationship with the demon lord Carasma is not what the pious might wish. Noramly's first novel takes a number of the stock assumptions of genre fantasy and does the welcome job of actually thinking about them. Both the way magic works here, and the effect it has on her characters, are fresh; she takes what might have been clichés and polishes them up all shiny and new. Ironies abound and reader expectations are constantly forced to shift to new ground; Noramly has made herself, with her first novel, a name to watch. --Roz Kaveney
The Eight Stabilities are islands of order surrounded by lethal chaos. When Keris Kaylen's father is murdered, a desperate trip across the Unstable puts her at the mercy of Davron Storre, a man with a secret: his pact with the lord of chaos will one day exact a terrible price.See all Product description
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I like this book because of the way she has written it. It's the sort of book you can't put down. You can just get lost in the plot, and feel as if you are actually there. And the characters are all well thought up, and they all have an important role. I say, read this, and you'll have to read it again and again!
The world Glenda Noramly has created is both wholly thought provoking and thoroughly believable.
All of her characters are written with their own contrasting personalities, expressing senses, perceptions, and beliefs that contrast and play in such a way it’s makes you wonder if they weren’t real once. The interaction is delightful, and the characters remain consistent and well conceived. In one way or another, you’ll find yourself becoming attached to the shining individuals found in this book.
An excellent read, with it’s own themes of companionship, humanity, and the struggle of the hopeful to make their own lives brighter – with the added bonus of possibly transforming the world for everyone else as well.
I definitely look forwards to reading more titles from this author – she is, by far, my favourite since reading ‘Havenstar’ two years ago. A true genius – the world she paints is vivid and inspiring - nothing less than a first-class read all the way.
And don't be fooled by the ridiculous UK cover, she's not Xena in novel form.
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