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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamír Triad #1)

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Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....

Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny

For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.

Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s li...more
Mass Market Paperback, 524 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Bantam Spectra (first published July 16th 2001)
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Nancy
I loved this story! I was swept away by the setting, the characters and the adventures of a young boy finding his way in a complex world and learning his true nature and purpose. This is a beautifully written, dark and compelling fantasy that explores gender roles and identity.
bruin
okay people. i see what books y'all add when i post 'em.. you're not fooling me! and i know all your biases against fantasy. but i gotta tell you, that lynn flewelling is pretty fucking gifted.

she writes super detailed, complicated characters who have lots of internal and external struggles.

these books focus on a girl who was turned into a boy for survival and how that "survival" happens and her gender dysphoria when she is "turned back" into a boy among other things.

i couldn't stop reading.

yum....more
Chris
This plot hinges on a rather interesting idea.

What if a boy was really a girl, but didn't know it?

I don't mean didn't know it in the sense of the The Ill-Made Mute, but truly didn't know it, and most people didn't know it.


Flewelling starts to answer such questions in this book. She also looks at how a land that once used women warriors slowly changes its view on them.

It's strange because there is not much "action" in the traditional sense of the word in the book. It is more about family, fait...more
Sandi
The Bone Doll's Twin is fantasy at it's finest. It's creepy and thought-provoking. It handles gender issues in a way that isn't at all prurient. My only complaint is that it ends quite abruptly. It seems to me that the three volumes of this series should probably be one book. Fortunately, I can download the second volume from Audible in about 20 minutes and won't have to wait to start it.

The narration on this particular audiobook is excellent.
Kathryn
This is set in the same world as Nightrunners, but five hundred years in the past. It came about from a quick reference in Luck in the Shadows . A Skalan sailer was explaining the tradition that, "As long as a daughter of Thelatimos rules, Skala shall never be subjugated." But of course there was a usurping uncle who isisted that the prophecy was misunderstood, that as long as the daughter of Thelatimos ruled....and claimed the throne, then quietly killed all the girls in the royal family, excep...more
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Stephen
3.5 stars. A good start to what looks to be an above average fantasy trilogy. I am a big fan of world building and the world that Ms. Flewelling has created is well-thought out, complex and believable. Add to that an original twist to the standard coming of age warrior tale, quality writing and some good characterization and you have all the ingredients for a great story. This one ends on somewhat of a cliff hanger so be ready to go right into the second installment. Recommended!!!!!
Roze
I read Flewelling's other set of book but for one reason or another I found myself reluctant to read this trilogy. I will admit that in a brief summary this book sounds cheesy, it is hard to imagine this done in a skillful way. After getting pushed in to reading it (with recommendations from more than one person) I found myself pulled into this unique story. This is truly an original plot done in great taste and with definite skill. The characters are believable and you find yourself being pulle...more
Monica
This was a pretty good book, but there were parts where I lost interest in the plot. I definitely want to give Flewelling another chance because I liked her writing, and I think it was simply the plot of this book that did not keep me completely engaged.
Vanessa Baldwin
Another really excellent, dignified fantasy series. But other than the big 4 (Martin, Hobb, Flewelling and de Lint), I haven't found more great authors. Well, yeah, Tolkien, but come on. The movies are so much better--(kiss my -ss, Tolkien die-hards, I don't have time for the listing of every familly name of every Hobbit in the Shire)
Felicia
I really like this trilogy. It sounds weird when you read the synopsis, but it's really good.
Nafiza
Okay, so I love fantasy when it is well done. There's something so immensely satisfying about reading a well constructed world. All that "world-is-going-to-end-and-then-a-hero-comes-along" (see what I did thurr?) stuff is totally my thing, ya know? So when the lovely Dominique (I was stalking your book haul youtube clips) said this was one of her favourite books, I pounced on it like a cat on string of yarn only not as graceful. Anyway, so, this book, I had great expectations and I am pleased to...more
Meg
The Bone Doll's Twin
OR
There Are Probably More Awkward Ways To Save a Kingdom But I Can't Think of Them Now

This is not a happy book, but for all the darkness, all the discomfort inherent in it, it's not a hard read. It doesn't make the reader miserable, but rather intrigues and invites them further into this strange story.

The book works for two reasons. One, Flewelling has an excellent grip on how to write children and teens. Tobin reacts to everything the way a child does. He doesn't grasp how s...more
Lauryn
An interesting premise and a compelling read. I knew it would end with a cliffhanger, and it ended almost exactly the way I expected it to. Normally that would be a sign of a predictable story, but that is not the case here. Instead, Flewelling gives the reader an ending that both fulfills expectations and creates new ones. I need to read a few other things before I can continue this series, but I will definitely read the rest of the trilogy.
Mihir

The Bone Doll's twin is a very good fantast with some very weird parts to it. I enjoyed this book for its different plot points however the pace of the book is something that really never picks up during the first half of the book. A very different book than most epic fantasies which deals with gender perception, The Bone Doll's Twin is a book that promises a very different read and fulfills that promise.
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

I finished listening to the audio version of The Bone Doll’s Twin, the first in Lynn Flewelling’s fantasy epic THE TAMIR TRIAD, around midnight a few days ago. Instead of going to bed, like normal people might, I immediately downloaded book two, The Hidden Warrior, and listened for a couple more hours. That’s how much I was involved in this story about a young girl who doesn’t know she’s magically hidden in the body of a boy.

To...more
Michele
I have to be honest. When I first picked this book up I came close to putting it right back down. It had a real rough start for me. But because I had read really good reviews about it I decided to follow through and finish it. I'm glad that I did.

The further I got into the book, the more the story pulled me in. There is so much of the story that I feel unfulfilled on but I think that is partly because there is more books but I cannot help but feel that the end was very unsatisfactory for me. The...more
Linda
Although I don't agree with some of the precepts of these books, the stories are very good and well-written. They're traditional sword and sorcery with a fair portion of intrigue and mystery, and some feminism thrown in for good measure.

A creepy beginning sets the stage for ghosts, hauntings and some creatively developed characters. Flewelling's world-scape is believeable and well-crafted, with just enough originality to make the places and their people interesting in description, but not so muc...more
Lowed
I promised a good review after every book I would read. And up till now, It has remained a promise. I don't know what's got into me lately, but my system seems to be deteriorating. And I think the five-star-rating way is really coming in handy.

You see, when a friend would ask about 'how was the book you hooked your nose into yesterday?' My answer would just be, 'oh it's a 3!' or maybe "nah! that was a 2.' See what I mean?

Now, I picked this book because of the blurb at the front cover by George R...more
shravya Reddy
The Bone Doll's Twin can very much be considered as my favourite kind of fantasy books-it has the same old school feel and prose to it in which a child protagonist comes in to his/her destiny while showing the significant character growth and adventures encountered.It made me remember why I adore fantasy books so damn much.
With an intriguing premise and an excellent execution of the plot that made me guessing,combined with the author's beautiful lingering prose(she's pretty gifted),its no wonder...more
Elin the Lightship
I have a really hard time deciding the rating for this book.
Not that I dislike it in any way, but for me it was quite uneven.

It started extremely captivating, haunting and was dark and a bit creepy in a way I prefer above anything else. Tobin is a pretty odd main character but for me it only took a few chapters to completely love him. I feel so protective about him that it's almost creepy... And therefore I love Arkoniel, Iya, Lehl, Tharin and Ki with the same creepy feeling since they are as p...more
Jess
It’s a simple enough premise:

The land Skala has been protected by centuries due to a prophecy stating that as long as the country has a Queen, they’re gravy. Of course this doesn’t sit well with possible Kings, so we get Ol’ King Erius knocking out the female competition to ensure he stays in charge. When his sister has twins, the only way to protect the female and ensure Skala is once again ruled by a Queen again is to affix the girl child with the body of her dead twin brother’s so no one know...more
Yui
I've been putting this off for a while now because I didn't really have enough time to appreciate it a good complex and exciting story. Thankfully I'm proved right. I didn't expect much from this and one more reason I've been putting it off, I've imagine my first story, ever since I started dreaming of being a writer at age 12, to be something similar to this protagonist's predicament. Though my own idea was not so much as transforming to hide for safety but due to a father's obssesion and madne...more
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Synopsis:

Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....

Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny

For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.

Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succe...more
Ruetha
Flewelling calls this book 'gothic fantasy' and one can see where the genre applies. A history to her wonderful Nightrunner series, I found The Bone Doll's Twin to be a bit creepy and somewhat disturbing at times. It certainly is a darker turn from the main story of the Nightrunner series -- even her penchant for torturing (physically and emotionally) her favourite characters doesn't reach this level of skin crawling storytelling.

The Bone Doll's Twin is a distinct piece of 'rising action'. There...more
Dorothea
I'm not sure yet how I feel about this book. I don't think I'll really know until I've finished the whole trilogy, which I cannot wait to get my hands on.

It takes something special to make me pick up a new fantasy novel these days, especially when the setting is the usual: white people in a monarchy with medieval technology plus magic. (The Bone Doll's Twin is definitely nothing special in this regard. Everybody is very very white, except maybe for some vaguely exotic!! foreign people, and the p...more
Sarah
Very good. This first installment of this trilogy isn't fast paced or action filled but instead focuses on building relationships and on characterization. Tobin's relationships with his father and mother and their relationship with each other are heartbreaking, and as much as their circumstances are very much only possible in a fantasy world, their reactions seem realistically drawn. Then Tobin himself (herself!) and all the confusion and self-doubt ... Flewelling doesn't delve too deeply into g...more
Valerie
I went through a really convoluted process to read this - started reading on my Kobo, but took it slowly; then my Kobo died; and while I was in the process of arguing with Borders/Kobo for a new one (because I tried putting the ebook file on my smartphone, started reading it, and went "oh hell no"), I purchased a discounted copy of the entire trilogy.

Good news: I finally finished the book. And I thought it was great.

Tobin, born as a girl, had magic performed on her that was so potent that ever...more
Martin Yankov
When the writer George R. R. Martin and the actress Felicia Day are both recommending a fantasy series, it’s not a bad idea to give it a try. Actually, it’s a wonderful idea.

The Bone Doll's Twin is a magnificent, captivating novel that will get you hooked from the first chapter. The story moves smoothly, without being too slow or too rushed. The characters feel very human, each of them has lots of potential, they all face different struggles, make different hard choices and it’s just nice to be...more
Bending The Bookshelf
The Tamir Trilogy is truly a `proper' trilogy - that is, a single story, broken up into three volumes, as opposed to a series of self-contained, interconnected books. Book 1 (The Bone Doll's Twin) sets-up the story and sends us on our way. In an age of plague and war, a girl child is destined to take her place as the rightful Queen, to reunite the people, and to bring peace back to the land. To thwart this prophecy and ensure his continued rule, the King carefully monitors all noble births and a...more
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