The Quartered Sea (Quarters #4)
The world is pretty boring---an "elemental magic!1" spin on Valdemar. There are a few interesting and original bits of magic, but the magic/music connection is a little overdone at this point. How about magic/plumbing or som ...more
The writing in this novel are as good as ever, full of longing, magic, and an unlikely hero that survives what nobody else could have. I love the loose love stories that don't pick and choose between man and woman. It's beautiful, unique, and a distinct trait of most of Tanya's books and I appreciate it. There's no need to explain away or scandalize...it all just IS.
Please remember that this series should definitely be read in order or it can be confusing. While this one contains some of the same characters, and the premise that there are those who can Sing (and, therefore, control) air, fire, earth, ...more
I was able to relate to the main character from the beginning. We have all experienced the idea that we are not a good as the other person in the room or the idea that we don't deserve to be as happy as everyone else.
Benedickt is the main character of this book. He is a bard who has only the ability to Sing one quarter, that of water. Without the ability to Sing the quarter of air, he is always left out of the loop of gossip and informati ...more
I usually enjoy books about spoiled idiots growing up into themselves, and this one was a doozy, though he left it so late I was starting ...more
Benedickt is a Bard, another of the psychologically damaged characters who have populated the story since the second novel ("Fifth Quarter"). He's cursed with a nearly paranoid insecurity complex because he can only sing one of the four Quarters: Water. Given the chance to sail off with an exploratory expedition searching for unknown lands ac ...more
Queen Jalena of Shkoder has decided to start her reign by commissioning a ship to undertake the exploration of uncharted waters and see if it is possible to circumnavigate the world. When disaster strikes, the sole survivor is the bard Benedikt who Sings only One Quarter, that of Water. Found by the people of a Mayan-like civilization, he becomes a pawn between the brother and sister who are the most powerful people in their culture.
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Raised, for the most part, in Kingston, Ontario. It was the late sixties, early to mid seventies. Enough s ...more