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Ison of the Isles (Isles of the Forsaken #2)

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Revolution has broken out in the Forsaken Isles. The islanders have risen up to drive out the Inning Empire, but still they have no one to unite them. Only an Ison can do that—a leader whose heart has been cleansed by the curing of dhota-nur. The power to create an Ison lies in the hands of three people, and none of them are heroes. Spaeth has the ancient Lashnura heritage ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by ChiZine (first published January 1st 2012)
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Second part of the novel that began with "Isles of the Forsaken", this half of the epic is concerned with the rebellion of the Isles against the imperial power. The supernatural might of the islanders is thrown against the rationalist empire and...loses. But in the conflict a new concordance is created, one that will have benefits to both sides as their differences dissolve. The story of the rebellion is first-rate fantistory. Highly recommended!
This book is the sequel to "Isles of the Forsaken" by the same author. Read that first.

Terrific and original. I couldn't put it down. BOOM!
There's a lot to love about this book, from the vivid setting to the all-too-familiar social and political hierarchy (highlighted all the more for being in a fantasy setting), but the best were the characters. They were all flawed, all a little petty sometimes, all with personal perspectives and agendas, but that didn't mean that a lot of them weren't fundamentally decent (and sometimes shockingly self-sacrificing) people. This wasn't about brooding antiheroes but people from a variety of backgr ...more
In Ison of the Isles, Carolyn Ives Gilman has taken the world she established so beautifully in Isle of the Forsaken and pushed it to a whole new level.

The story, set in a fantasy world but with obvious paralells to out own, covers such broad topics as imperialism, freedom, the nature of knowledge, the structure of belief, and countless others in a tale that was both riveting and heart-breaking. The conflict between the Innings, who hear stand in a way for Anglo-Americans, with their obsession w
I loved the first book in the series and was excited to find that the second was already out! No waiting a year this time for a release date.

This book continues the story begun in Isles of the Forsaken. We follow Nathaway and Spaeth as they make their way to Lashnish, the spiritual center of the Forsaken islands. Harg, meanwhile, is trying to take on the Inning navy. There's a very long battle sequence, which should please fans of Patrick O'Brien.

Eventually, all the characters end up at Lashnish
The story is set in the Forsaken Isles, which have been taken over by a continental power called Inning. The Forsakens are peopled by three races, the Adaina, the Torna, and the Lashnura. The Innings rule through the Torna. Rebellion has broken out, aided by elements of the Inning navy based in the Forsakens and crewed largely by Torna. The Innings pride themselves on their law reason and justice, but the Inning admiral in the Isles is a butcher. His brother is siding with the rebels, which does ...more
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Carolyn Ives Gilman has been publishing science fiction and fantasy for almost twenty years. Her first novel, Halfway Human, published by Avon/Eos in 1998, was called “one of the most compelling explorations of gender and power in recent SF” by Locus magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies such as F&SF, Bending the Landscape, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Realm ...more
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