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Bridge of Dreams (Selling Water By the River #1)

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The first major fantasy novel from the author of the popular Outremer series.

In the city known as Maras-Sund, an uneasy peace threatens to unravel between two cultures. And a young man and woman will find their own destinies: one determined to hold onto power and supremacy, the other struggling for survival-and freedom.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ace (first published 2006)
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Liviu
Dec 18, 2008 Liviu rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy

Great style as in the Outremer series kept me reading this one despite un-engaging setting, action and characters. I will try book 2 and hope it gets more interesting, but so far it's a by the numbers fantasy set in a middle eastern locale with a Sultan, Janissaries, harem, oppression of women and subject people, and water magic
Sarah
Oct 20, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars.

I first read Chaz Brenchley many years ago (probably late 90s) having picked up Tower of the King's Daughter somewhere, maybe at random in a second hand bookshop? I loved it completely and tore through the rest of the series from the library. About 7 years ago or so I went to Fantasy Con in Nottingham mainly because Neil Gaiman was going to be there, and Chaz Brenchley was there too. He was an insightful speaker and I always love getting to hear an author speak as it makes it even more
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Angela
Jun 24, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Bridge of Dreams is set in the city of Sund, crushed under the might of the city of Maras, whose inhabitants have raised a bridge to cross the river between them--a bridge shaped by magic from the dreams of captured children. The bridge has corrupted the river it spans, and in turn the water-magic of the Sundain--yet the magic still lingers in scattered practitioners, and in a young boy who makes his living as a waterseller on the streets. Issel's magic has been tainted by the Shine, the corrupt ...more
Nicky
Dec 16, 2007 Nicky rated it liked it
Took me a while to get into this book - the pacing is slow but the author is introducing quite a few characters, etc. I am intrigued by the tale of the waterseller more than any other character and find it very slow when it is not dealing with that character. However, I expect good things from this author as I love his stuff and know to stick with it - dont expect to be disappointed with the second book
Alice
Mar 14, 2009 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a random grab at the library, and I was pleasantly surprised. A very imaginative and rich fantasy world, with a grim political reality and an unflinching attitude towards the characters. Definitely worth reading.
Sharon Skinner
Nov 11, 2008 Sharon Skinner rated it liked it
It took a while to get into the author's odd rhythm, but once I did, with the exception of a few sour notes, the writing had a musical quality. I enjoyed this story and the characters, but the prose was too wordy for me and I was really let down by the fact that Book One is not a stand-alone story.
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Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul. A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published three books for children and more than 500 sho ...more
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