The Spirit Ring
Lois Bujold gets tons of raves from the SF community (she's certainly won quite the handful of awards) and for some reason I've only read one of her Vorkosigan books, something I'll probably rectify soon. This, on the o ...more
Overall, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my favorite authors, & whose books I have no hesitation buying in hardback the day they come out. She is talented and her books are uniformly superb.
With this one exception.
In fairness, this was her first fantasy novel, and I don't think she had a full handle on the genre yet. The bulk of her work was Science Fiction in her early years, and has been mostly Fantasy the last 7 or 8 years.
I had fun.
Bujold, however, always adds an element to overlay the standard. She has a way of writ ...more
It sets up a decently imaginative world, featuring artisans that create art but also imbue their art with useful magic such as an ornate saltcellar that will purify poisoned food or drink. The semi-historical setting gave the story context but I don't know that it added a whole lot. It fe ...more
What I love about this book and the lore used in the Chalion series is how closely the magical rites and rituals are tied to those of religion (in this case I think it's Catholic ...more
The plot is original, and while the characters never spring to life, they aren't obnoxious. In the end, though, I just didn't ...more
El libro se ubica en una Italia renacentista donde la magia es algo que se practica a diario. Este es un arte sútil: no se trata de lanzar hechizos con varita, sino de poner conjuros en objetos y así obtener algún tipo de ventaja frente al resto (descubrir venenos, obtener más poder, evitar que un objeto envejezca, etc.)
El maestro Beneforte es uno de los principa ...more
Ok so initially, I went into this book knowing nothing about it. Other than it was recommended to me. I think I fell in love within the first 10 pages. just. wow.
There were a few slow spots but that's understandable for ANY book to have. They didn't take away from the rest of the book. We had a happily ever after type ending which fit well for this book. AND we had a woman of colour as the main character. That was great and exci ...more
1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing
I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.
Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my boo ...more
Set in Renaissance Italy, this novel is an elegant combination of Machiavellian politics and church-sanctioned magic. White magic is monitored by the church officials, and is an accepted part of every day life, even for people who do not have any magical ability. Fiametta Benneforte is the daughter of a master mage and goldsmith. In secret, she has been teaching herself magic, but when her father is murdered and their city falls victim to black magic, Fiametta must choose between lawful magic an ...more
Fiametta is the daughter of a master artisan who is both metalworker and magician. She hopes to be his formal apprentice. Their lives get complicated when their lord is assassinated and the city is taken by a hostile force.
Thur is a miner who gets apprenticed to Fiametta's ...more
I'd read an interv ...more
A friend of mine does speed sketches. In a minute and a half, she sketches a person. She doesn't get all the detail, but the likenesses are good. This is the book equivalent of that. The characters aren't as fleshed out as those in the Vorkosigan books, but you still get a decent picture of them. I wonder if it's the YA genre of the book, or just the length that' ...more
Very different, very fun, very entertaining ... especially if you like Lois Bujold's work. Here you have a typically meticulously researched setting, typically well fleshed-out characters (with a few notable exceptions; I feel like this plot was a bit overstuffed) and a typically egalitarian love story/relationship in a time period and society where it is hinted that such relationships are rare. The relationship feels a little rushed toward the end, but it pretty much ...more
I like the ending climactic battle, but got bored ...more
The story is set in Italy of 1300s, presumably. The two main characters are teenagers. With personal effort and persistence they free the fiefdom they live in from occupation by a black magician. They too use a little magic, but strictly the white kind, allowed by church.
Children and teenagers will find this book enchanting. Even older people ...more
Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse ...more