Talyn (Korre) (Novel of Korre) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jan 2007
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"An extremely well-written story." - Publishers Weekly."
About the Author
Two time Campbell Award finalist Holly Lisle is a native of Salem, Ohio. In addition to various towns in Ohio, she's lived in Alaska, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She has three children and several cats, and believes that writing novels is the best job a person can have.
Top Customer Reviews
The Book opens with the main character and her friend, travelling through a normal street in the fantasy world of Hyre. We get to know about the setting and the world where Talyn lives, plus the culture of the Ancient race of Tonk. After than the plot steadily unfolds and Holly tempts us further into the book.
We learn of the base conflict, two waring nations, desperate to win a war that had gone on for three centuries. The Eastil and Tonk fight wars of Magic and Magery, not of sword so it is not surprising that the war flows out of Hyre and into the rest of the world. The mysterious Feegash come from afar and try to make peace, but Holly toys with us by insinuating that the Feegash have their own insidious agendas.
The book progresses. The plot unfolds and I found myself positively gripped onto every word Holly Lisle had written. The character driven plot is a masterpiece if Talyn was music it would be composed by Mozart.
Talyn, our main character is an absolute star, her voice through the first person, is exquisite and her soul is pure yet believable.
OUr villain is a real villain - i dont want to spoil.
All in all this book is my favourite amongst my library of 500 books, I havtn read such a compelling, thematic and characterised piece of fiction in my life and whats more, I refresh hollys website everyday in hope of a sequal.
If you like virginal heroines and bold heros out to save the world, this is not for you as one of the main themes of the book is sex, desire and control.
This makes it more like real life and I really enjoyed it. The magic gets a bit convoluted at times and almost E.E.Smith in its power (all powerful).
The world is well drawn and if a bit one sided toward the Tonk, that doesn't stop a good story.
An adult read.
P.S. This is the first of her books I've read
I won't re-hash the plot, since Amazon provides such nifty summaries. What I will say is that I found this book hard work, despite really wanting to love it. The beginning dragged, and it wasn't until Talyn was out of the army and starting to interact with her Feegash lover that the pace really picked up for me. This was the best part of the book - watching Talyn fall under the spell of foreign magic, watching her learn the true nature of the Feegash diplomats, and seeing her come to terms with her own complicity in her country's misfortune.
Unfortunately, this intrigue fell away in the last section, which was largely taken up with endless and rather dull chapters on the nature of patriotism, civilisation v perceived barbarism, honourable enemies and so forth. In theory, good stuff, but somehow it just didn't work on the page. Towards the end I was so fed up with Talyn's non-stop agonising over these matters that I no longer cared how her story ended.
Having said that, if you like more thoughtful fantasy, this is certainly it. There's a fascinating system of magic and a strong setting. Lisle expertly builds Talyn's country and culture into something real and understandable. But for me, the plot dragged on way too long.
Drawbacks of the books are that at times the prose is a tad turgid in cases and that the author interjects political musing, which while interesting seem out of place.
Two excellent touches are the light sprinklings of gallows at the some of the bleakest situations and the secondary character of Pana whose unalloyed gloom is a joy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took a while to get into this book - but then it was UNPUTDOWNABLE.
Dinner had to wait (fortunately husband watching football!) but absolutely gripping. Read more
I've long read Holly Lisle's website and as her writing advice has been so helpful to me thought I'd give one of her books a go. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2011 by A. M. J. Muir