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King of the Dead (Lens of the World #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Book two of the award-winning Lens of the World trilogy, this volume finds the dwarflike Nazhuret a modest and fastidious lens grinder. Although he could have chosen an exalted and wealthy life as a noble member of the court, he wishes to live in humble and undisturbed poverty with his lady Arlin. But the ordinary life that Nazhuret wants is abruptly shattered when a vicio ...more
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Dwagon
Mar 11, 2012 Dwagon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I knew why I liked this book (and the series) as much as I do. It's not for the plot; while there was nothing wrong with the plot, it wasn't the main attraction.

Perhaps it is the writing. The prose is perfection: simple, elegant, clean, minimalistic, and not flashy or distracting. The descriptions are understated, and somehow it sets a tone and an atmosphere. RA MacAvoy is a writer's writer, and has a great command of the language.

Or perhaps it is the characters. There are only a few char
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This review will contain a few spoilers for R.A. MacAvoy’s previous book, Lens of the World. You’ll want to read that book before beginning King of the Dead.

King of the Dead is the second story in R.A. MacAvoy’s LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy about Nazhuret, a man who is writing his life story for his friend, the king. When we met Nazhuret at the beginning of Lens of the World, he was an ugly orphan who had been raised in a government military academy. Upon reaching his majority, he left and became a
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Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review will contain a few spoilers for R.A. MacAvoy’s previous book, Lens of the World. You’ll want to read that book before beginning King of the Dead.

King of the Dead is the second story in R.A. MacAvoy’s LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy about Nazhuret, a man who is writing his life story for his friend, the king. When we met Nazhuret at the beginning of Lens of the World, he was an ugly orphan who had been raised in a government military academy. Upon reaching his majority, he left and became a
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M.P.
Jan 23, 2016 M.P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Lens of the World trilogy follows Zhurries and Arlin on a dangerous quest to Rhezmia, partly to discover who has been attempting to assassinate them, and then who has been instigating war between their native Velonya and the empire to the south. Where the first book, Lens of the World, gave us fantasy as seen—and challenged—by a scientific viewpoint, this story immerses the characters in a world of visions and prophecies. This isn’t the magic of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and ...more
Jan
Nov 04, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: André Levi
This second book in the Lens of the World fantasy series was at least as good as the first. Again, our female author writes from the point of view of a male character in a story that does not pass the Bechdel test for non-male-centered stories (two female characters must have a conversation about something other than a man.) There are multiple characters who cross-dress, however. The major character of Arlin, a woman named "Charlan" at birth who poses as a man, is called a gelding at one point ( ...more
Katie
Jan 29, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If this book were food it would have about 10 courses, involving salads and sorbets and roast lamb. This stuff is so damned addictive.

I would like to ask this idiot publisher why he/she/it chose to praise the first two books in the trilogy all over the cover and title page, but not list the third book ANYWHERE? Jeez.
Elizabeth Hunter
Even when writing a fairly standard fantasy, MacAvoy's lovely prose and deft characterization stand out.
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Roberta Ann (R. A.) MacAvoy is a fantasy and science fiction author in the United States. Several of her books draw on Celtic or Taoist themes. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1984. R. A. MacAvoy was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Francis and Helen MacAvoy. She attended Case Western Reserve University and received a B.A. in 1971. She worked from 1975 to 1978 as an assistant t ...more
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