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World's End (The Snow Queen Cycle #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,113 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
BZ Gundhalinu left Tiamat before the Stargate closed, cutting himself off forever from the woman he loves: Moon Dawntreader Summer is now the Summer Queen and BZ knows he can never again be her lover.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published June 1984 by St. Martins Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Sarah Anne
Dec 05, 2015 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, author-woman
I was genuinely surprised by how much I loved this book. I think I was judging it by the totally tacky 80s cover so I was expecting it to be kind of cheesy. Instead I got a completely solid sequel to The Snow Queen. I did think that this was an insignificant part of the overall story. Perhaps it's unimportant overall but it's such a great story.

BZ leaves Tiamat even though he's very much in love with Moon, who is the new Summer Queen. After some trouble at work, he's encouraged to take a leave o
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Mary Catelli
Mar 17, 2016 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-other-planets
The sequel to The Snow Queen. Very different. Not a panoramic view at all, but a tight first-person account from the diary the main character kept.

BZ Gundhalinu, a police officer from Queen, has disgraced himself since Tiamat, both because he still has the scars that showed his suicide attempt failed, and because he brought true accusations against the powerful of his new planet. He takes his necessary leave in order to go after his disgraced brothers, who tried to retrieve the family fortunes a
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Darcy Abriel
Oct 18, 2010 Darcy Abriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World's End is the second book in he Snow Queen Cycle. This story goes into a deeper character study of BZ Gundhalinu and his motivations. BZ was a secondary love interest to Moon,from The Snow Queen, who is now Summer Queen of Tiamet. BZ left Tiamet and has attempted to give purpose to his life. Love, honor, family, self-examination, destiny, all come into play in this story. This book is a very good bridge from "The Snow Queen" to "The Summer Queen" and deals not only with BZ's indecision and ...more
Cecile
Jul 15, 2011 Cecile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, english
I remember the first time I read this story, how insanity was building up in the main character, eating away his humanity little by little. How strange it was to follow him on his way to hell. I read it again recently, but the feeling wasn't as strong as in my memories, maybe because I was expecting it, thinking of what laid ahead instead of living only in the instant, like him.

As a sequel to The Snow Queen, this story is worth reading at least to see again BZ Gundhalinu, whom we left as a wound
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Chani
Mar 16, 2012 Chani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was so disappointing. After reading the wonderful Snow Queen I was roaring for the next book. This was short and a character study. But the odd thing was it was a character that was so minimal
in the first book. I liked his character but I wouldn't have wanted to read a book about him. Then the book was just a mind screw and I had to read about him being tortured mentally and physcially.
I didn't care more for the character by reading this story. I can see that this book was to add the elemen
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
A re-read. After finishing The Snow Queen, one of the groups I belong to here on Goodreads has decided to continue reading the series. More interesting use of the sibyl network. I think that may be my favorite thing from this series, actually.
Milo
Jul 17, 2011 Milo rated it it was amazing
Liked this one better than The Snow Queen.
Eran
Mar 04, 2017 Eran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
In some ways I've liked this one better then first in the series, in others I liked it less. It's more mature, more on the sci-fi side rather than fantasy (although still somewhere in between). BZ is a better (and again, more adult) main character than Moon and Sparks were (though PaleThion was redeeming in the first book). And yet, there was something more enchanting in the fantasy world of the first book, in the clashing of tech vs "naive" cultures, a more vivid world and a more epic storyline ...more
Tracy
Jul 14, 2009 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
World’s End is the second installment in the Snow Queen series, less of a sequel and more of a side trip. Set in the same universe as the first book, it follows the adventures of Inspector BZ Gundhalinu after he leaves Tiamat and tries to restore his family’s honor by tracking down his two wayward older brothers, who have disappeared on the outlaw world of Number Four (mentioned only passingly in the earlier book.) It’s a different read, a terse, gritty, first-person adventure compared to The Sn ...more
Dawn Campbell
Sep 06, 2014 Dawn Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book though I spoiled it accidentally not realizing it was between the Snow Queen and Summer Queen novels.

I read it rather fast as she keeps her action and movement in her books. I just wish I hadn't known the ending going in so I could feel the surprise, and see if I figured out her clever foreshadowing.

Spoilers to Snow Queen below...
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I love this BK character and as a writer myself I wondered if he started out as her planned male protagonist or if it happened on it'
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nathaniel
A lot of mishmashed elements crammed into a short period of time.
Jamie Rich
Jan 10, 2017 Jamie Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
World's End (The Snow Queen Cycle, #2) by Joan D. Vinge

Fist, before I actually review the contents off this novella, I have to ask why it isn't available on kindle? Both Snow Queen (it's predecessor) and Summer queen (it's successor) are offered via digital. I had downloaded both of the other titles, and so then discovered (much to my joy) that this was available! But, alas, only thru Third Party Sellers on Amazon? I wonder if this title never got the publicity of the other two? Or maybe it's a
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Kirsten
Feb 27, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
A sequel to The Snow Queen that focuses on what happens to BZ Gundhalinu after he leaves Tiamat. His life is not what it should be; he misses Moon painfully, and in his own society he is an outcast because he is a failed suicide. In an effort to recapture his sense of himself, he journeys to World's End, a hellish backwater planet, where his two brothers have disappeared. Along the way, a sibyl named Hahn recruits him to locate her daughter, Song, while he searches for his brothers. What follows ...more
Rusty
Jun 15, 2010 Rusty added it
Shelves: fantasy
Joan Vinge is one of my favorite fantasy/science fiction writers. After I finished this book, I realized that I had read it 20 years ago. However, with the experience of life I think understood the author's messages better. This is the story of a basically good man who carries guilt like a shield. He adored his father but could not relate to nor get along with his brothers who were lazy, weak and selfish. As the youngest son he had no rights to the family estates so he left home, to the sorrow o ...more
Suz
This is the second and (apparently - if the reviews I've read are correct) very overlooked book in the Snow Queen cycle.

It does not take place on Tiamat or really deal much with Tiamat. The main character is BZ, an inspector on Tiamat who loses his honor in his very strict culture, and tries to find it again.

He goes on a mission to rescue his brothers after becoming obsessed with the fact that they're missing, and what happens is a mystery and deep character study, with a generous helping of des
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Jimmy
Dec 24, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but in the end, I can't say that it was as compelling as The Snow Queen. The complexity of the plot and the shifts in perspective made The Snow Queen one of my favorite books back in the 80s, but I had never read the sequels, so I reread it this year before reading World's End. Honestly, this one was somewhat of a slog for the first half or two-thirds--an almost interminable other-world Heart of Darkness featuring BZ and two other pointless, stereotypical char ...more
Mike
Aug 18, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Let this serve as one review for all of Joan Vinge's books. For a sci-fi/fantasy writer, Vinge is best at twisting the tale into unexpected corners. She has rich characters, and like all good writing students, puts them into situations that test their mettle continually. I listed all her books I have read in one conglomeration because they all read equally as well. This particular one (World's End)almost seems like it was an afterthought in her series on the Snow Queeen. It is fascinating to hav ...more
Katelyn Patterson
"I moan. My hand fondles her breast, while the other lies buried between her legs, parting them as I probe the liquid depths of her secret places."

I am not sure if I was so absorbed by the story of the Snow Queen (and the parallels to Andersen's tale) that I didn't realize she was a bad writer... or if she just can't write sex. But this was the last sentence I read of this book.

The story focuses on my least favorite character of The Snow Queen and we watch him slowly turn into a pathetic animal.
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Elizabeth Galewski
What makes BZ so likeable? He's not just a good person who ought to have inherited instead of his two worthless older brothers. No. He's even willing to go after said worthless older brothers and rescue them from a living hell. After frittering away the family's wealth, BZ's brothers have left on a misguided quest to find their fortunes at World's End. As the new head of the family, BZ considers it his duty to track them down.

Nonstop action and imaginative world-building characterize this excell
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Stephanie
World's End is not as intricately plotted as The Snow Queen, and though it's much shorter, the plot drags more slowly in places. One character, Spadrin, seems to exist solely to annoy the reader for no reason at all for many pages. Finally, all comes neatly together in an exciting reveal, but the novella could have been half as long. (I wonder if this started as a short story that the publishers wanted to stretch to book length.) Looking forward to The Summer Queen and hoping it's more like The ...more
Elena
Mar 23, 2016 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, mystery
Where The Snow Queen struck me as surprisingly contemporary (or maybe timeless), World's End did seemed stuck in the 1980s. Both the outdated approach to gender and sex and the actual prose were not to my tastes.

Beyond that issue, I also found much of the story to be a miserable slog, and the older I get the less interested I am in stories that are heavy on unrequited pining. The plot itself was pretty interesting, but all in all, I'm hoping the other two books in the series bear more in common
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Katy
Sep 19, 2011 Katy rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, even if this book is a bridge between The Snow Queen and The Summer Queen, and I think you will need to read both for this to make much sense. Ms. Vinge writes wonderfully. If you enjoy science-fiction give this book a try.
Artjom
Apr 27, 2014 Artjom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting short story inspired somewhat by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Although I wasn't particularly interested in the protagonist, the story was decently written and kept my turning pages up until the very end. In the end, I don't think the plot stands strongly enough on its own (it is more of a bridging story between main novels of Joan Vinge's magnum opus), however, it is worth reading to fill in some of the gaps in the overarching plot.
Paul
Dec 27, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction
I think this was just OK. I will admit that I waited a bit too long between Snow Queen Cycle books for my tastes, so a lot of the previous plot elements were not fresh in my mind, but Vinge does a perfectly fine job with exposition.

I don't have much to say about this - it's interesting enough, and the situation it sets up could easily make for an excellent third book, but I really have no strong feelings one way or the other about this book.
Kate
I think I enjoyed World's End even more than The Snow Queen. It's a short book but despite this it's a meaty and satisfying story.

I really liked BZ Gundhalinu in The Snow Queen and this story about him is definitely not just filler, but marks an important development for the "Hedge" milieu. really looking forward to The Summer Queen, and hoping that BZ and Moon meet again.
Andi
Dec 04, 2015 Andi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not care for this book at all. The most interesting characters in the first novel are not present at all in this one, it's the story of a tertiary character from the first novel I never liked anyway.
Jacy Imilkowski
Dec 26, 2013 Jacy Imilkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this third (after the Snow Queen and The Summer Queen) and it fit there a well. A nice novella that fills in an interesting background story that's not truly necessary to follow the main storyline.
Mystii
Jul 22, 2012 Mystii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did The Snow Queen and The Summer Queen simply because I really liked those stories. This one is a bit darker but definitely one you need to read to get the full story.
Twyla
Oct 14, 2016 Twyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Seemed like a lot of rambling wandering in the writing just to get to the conclusion that you make your own choices in life and each day is a blank page to start from.
Interesting story concept tho that could have been presented a lot better
OverAll, it gets a "meh" from me.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This series by Vinge is awesome. A little confusion in the beginning again, but still a book I could not put down. On to the next...
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Joan D. Vinge (born Joan Carol Dennison) is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven's Chronicles books.
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The Snow Queen Cycle (4 books)
  • The Snow Queen (The Snow Queen Cycle, #1)
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