To Ride A Rathorn Hardcover – 26 Sep 2006
|New from||Used from|
Customers also shopped for
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"To Ride a Rathorn" the fourth book of the Kencyrath, P. C. Hodgell,'s latest high fantasy novel, is the sequel to Seeker's "Mask (3rd)", which in turn follows "God Stalk (1st)" and "Dark of the Moon (2nd)" collected in the Meisha Merlin omnibus, "Dark of the Gods". These are the chronicles of Jamethiel Priest's-bane, otherwise known as Jame, as she struggles to find a place in a universe full of danger, intrigue, and more than a bit of downright lunacy. The current novel's title "To Ride a Rathorn", comes from the Kencyr phrase that refers to someone attempting something insane, but it is too dangerous for them to stop. The reference is also to a certain young rathorn (think of an armor-plated, carnivorous unicorn with a nasty temper) who is after Jame for killing his mother and about to catch up with her. At Tentir, Jame faces cut-throat competition and finds even more buried, poisonous family secrets. Not only is the Caineron heir sent to humiliate her but a charming Ardeth Highborn arrives hell-bent on seducing her.Then too, what is she to make of the mysterious White Lady who haunts her dreams or of the growling monster and prowls Tentir's hallways and is said to eat young cadets for breakfast? For she is learning Tentir has secrets of its own. And it is fighting for its soul. Under political pressure that threatens to compromise its independence, it looks to its Commandant, an honorable man; but also a Caineron. As the college tests Jame, so she tests it. "Some things need to be broken."
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In this book, Jame follows true to form and the previous books' storyline is continued. Our heroine is not quite hapless, but she is almost defiant in the fact that she gets herself into situations that normal Kencyrs can't fathom.
From accidently blood-binding a rathorn, challenging the Ardeth's High Lords' hold over her brother, learning more about her ancestors and ultimately helping to redeem Tentir's shame. On top of it all, Jame must also contend with her own awakening awareness of the opposite sex, not least her own brother... Will her people's prophecy, for the production of `The Kencyr Saviour' to fight the encroaching darkness, lie with her?
It's really exciting to read, you can almost see the different threads leading to one ultimate climatic sequel. I have one request - bring back Bane in the next sequel!
Ps Blood and Ivory was a waste of space.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
If you're a fan of PC Hodgell's works, you won't bother reading the review. You'll buy the book anyway, and you won't be disappointed.
If you haven't read Hodgell before, buy "God Stalk" (or "Dark of the Gods," ISBN 1592221149 which contains both God Stalk & its sequel Dark of the Moon) then "Seeker's Mask" (ISBN 1892065347)
Let me throw a few phrases to convey the atmosphere: Richly textured, darkly comic, occassional slapstick, finely crafted world, likeable characters, imaginative and original, intelligent, suspenseful, page-turner. If those words don't resonate with you, don't bother with this series. But if they do, you've got my highest recommendation. You'll have a blast reading these!
"Dark of the Moon" was even better, although very strange. It took multiple readings to finally figure out everything that was going. I didn't mind because the concepts were so interesting. Then things started going off-track a bit.
I found "Seeker's Mask" nearly impenetrable. There was just too much weirdness and not enough explanation. I eventually finished the story and was generally pleased with it but I wasn't really sure it had been worth the effort.
"Blood and Ivory" fell into the same vein but wasn't quite as good and for the first time, I sold one of her books.
Enter "To Ride a Rathorn!" The first forty pages are very fast-paced and confusing but I suspect also very critial to understanding the rest of the story. Then the book straightens itself out and goes for the throat and won't let go. Now I understand "Seeker's Mask" much better and am looking forward to re-reading the story in search of more revelations as to what is going on in the Kencyrath and their relationship with their god and with the world of Rathillien.
I've used this world repeatedly for fantasy roleplaying groups and have been very interested in the player's responses to the moral dilemmas the author places for her characters. I just WISH they'd stop trying to kill Jame, it always backfires and they can never seem to figure out why even though I dangle hints in front of them, apparently it's never occurred to them that not all deities are nice to people all the time and that Jame has to live with the consequences of the God working through her. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing how they do at Tentir.
The transition between Dreamspace and the real world is still too quick for my taste but that is a minor quibble with what is slowly becoming a fantasy masterpiece. My only REAL complaint with the series? I wish she could write faster! But I suspect she and every other person acquainted with the series has the same desire.
If you have been reading this series, you must have this. If you have no idea who P.C. Hodgell is, I would recommend you start with Godstalk and work your way to this 4th book in the series to familiarize yourself with Jame's universe.