The Spirit Ring Hardcover – 1 Nov 1992
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Thur Oches is a miner with a talent for finding things lost and for metal, plus a skill in forgery (not faking – heating and casting metal). His brother has obtained an apprenticeship under a master goldsmith and mage, Beneforte. He travels towards the town to encounter Fiametta on the way, who gives him news of the Master’s death. Thur and Fiametta have a common need to return to the town, and together with the help of several monks, they work for retribution and justice, to save the town and the rest of their livelihood.
It’s a folk story, full of magic, evil and unusual beings in the form of the kobolds. Simple, uncomplicated story combining known Italy / Europe / religious influence with magery and fantasy. A skilful blend that results in a pleasing satisfying tale of a band of a few good people with right on their side, opposing a defined and evil threat.
It lacks the inconistancies that ocasionally marr her SF. I suspect the extra effort she made to keep the magic consistent. showed benefits throughout the plot.
I suspect the majority of her readership SF orientation does her a diservice here.
When Master Beneforte and Fiametta go to a reception at the Duke's palace to present a work of art at the betrothal of the Duke's daughter to neighbouring Lord Ferrante, they don't expect treachery, but suddenly Fiametta and her father are on the run from Ferrante and his men and though they get away, her father soon dies of a heart attack leaving Fiametta alone with his body. And it's the body that's the problem, for an unburied body and an unshriven soul can be used for black magical purposes by one ruthless enough to do so, and Ferrante has a magician in his retinue prepared to do just that. If he can complete the rites before Fiametta can stop him Master Beneforte's power and knowledge will be trapped within a spirit ring and in his and Ferrante's power.
Fiametta's allies include an elderly warrior-turned-church-man and Thur Ochs, seeking his brother, a guard captain and Fiametta's friend, whose fate is unknown.Read more ›
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One of LMB's earliest fantasty stories and it remains one of my favourites. Unique characters, interesting situation, and excellent twists and turns. One of my regular re-reads.Published 20 days ago by Spyro
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