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The author of the book: Storm Constantine
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Reader ratings: 4.5
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: March 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780312873295
Format files: PDF
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Although this is the 2nd book in the Magravandias trilogy, I would actually recommend starting here. It is far more interesting than "Sea Dragon Heir," the storyline has more momentum and coherence, even though it jumps back and forth in time more. We first meet Shan, survivor of a brutal Magravandian attack that wiped out his village, as a recluse magician takes him on as an apprentice, to shape him into a tool to oppose Magravandians. Then about 1/2 the book is the story of the sorceror, Tarabot, of how he came to be, his connection to the Magravandians royals and explanation of why he hates them. Later, Shan goes on a spiritual quest to find the Crown for the true king.
The book felt a lot more personal and involved than "Sea Dragon Heir," although apparently they take place over the same time period, and "Sea Dragon Heir" references events in "Crown of Silence." It's a little annoying, because "Sea Dragon Heir" follows women as they plot or whatever back in the conquered kingdom of Caradore (land of the sea dragons), while "Crown of Silence" is focused on men and their quest, and also takes place in the heart of the Magravandian empire, closer to the action.
How does it stack up again Constantine's other books? It doesn't have the same baroque rich sensuality as "Sign for the Sacred" or soaring imagination as "Calenture" or romanticism as "Wraeththu." It is more controlled, quieter, closest to traditional epic fantasy than any of the other books. The author said to me that in some ways, she considered this trilogy to be her best work. I think I'll read the 2nd half of "Sea Dragon Heir" (the story of Varencienne), and I'm looking forward to the conclusion in "The Way of Light."
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Read information about the authorStorm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.
Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or hermaphrodites or other twists of gender. Magic, mysticism and ancient legends (like the Grigori) also figure strongly in her works.
In 2003 she launched Immanion Press, based out of Stafford, England. The publishing company publishes not only her own works but those of new writers, as well as well-known genre writers, mainly from the UK.
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