Hidden Warrior (The Tamír Triad, #2)
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Hidden Warrior (Tamír Triad #2)

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A trick of magic, a twist of fate.

As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin’s future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....

Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is t...more
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Published November 26th 2008 by Spectra (first published 2003)
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Stephen
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Um...Ms. Flewelling...may I call you Lynn...okay, Ms. Flewelling...if you ever see this review, I want you to know that this rating/review is a reflection of MY FAILURE and not yours. I don’t think this is a bad book and I don’t think there are serious flaws in its execution. I think the lack of happy units I gained from this read is because sometimes I suck as a reader and pick up the wrong book at the wrong time. What I am trying to say is that it's me....not you. Photobucket

Let me explain.

For me (and...more
Sherwood Smith

Readers new to the fantasy genre might do best to begin with THE BONE DOLL’S TWIN before trying this book, though Flewelling works hard at layering in needed backstory. But the world she has built is complex, and the action non-stop, which might make it difficult for a young reader, or someone just trying fantasy for the first time, to assemble all the clues quickly enough to stay with the headlong pace.

In HIDDEN WARRIOR Tobin, the protagonist, wakes up after a harrowing experience in which he...more
Kirsten
A worthy sequel to The Bone Doll's Twin. I didn't find it QUITE as wrenching and creepy as the first book, possibly because much of the mystery surrounding Tobin's and Brother's origins has been cleared up (and Tobin knows who and what he is, now). But this is an excellent middle book, and I am going to go insane if Flewelling doesn't get writing!
Meg
Hidden Warrior
OR
Obvious Warrior, Hidden Vagina

I had trouble putting this book down. I knew how this book had to end, generally. I knew that going into this series. But knowing a general ending didn't stop me from wanting to see how it got there, to see how the characters react to every event, struggle through them, avoid getting into more trouble.

This is drama. This is what it does. Damn is it good when it's done well.

I like the delicate brush Flewelling uses to paint the gender issues in this o...more
Kat  Hooper
3.5 Originally posted at FanLit.
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Hidden Warrior is the second installment in Lynn Flewelling’s TAMIR TRIAD about Tobin, the rightful heir to the throne of Skala who is being magically hidden as a girl until it’s time for her to challenge the king. As this book begins, Tobin has just discovered the horrifying truth about himself, but he must still stay hidden until it’s time for the big reveal. He’s now living at the castle as a Companion to the prince. He’s...more
Nafiza
The second novel in The Tamir Triad trilogy loses none of the charm of the first. In fact, it makes an already intriguing world downright amazing. I loved how the characters are developed and the faint stirrings of romance between the two main characters promises that the conclusion to the trilogy will pack a punch in more than one way.

So the pace continued in its languid manner and I'm not gonna lie, I did for a minute or two wish they could just hurry up and get the reveal over with. However,...more
Lowed
This is my kind of blend.. Fantasy, drama, action and a great prose closing some of the plot threads before the end is even near.

Did I mention this trilogy deserved to be in between Robin Hobb and Jacqueline Carey's in your shelves?
Joy
In this second book of the trilogy, Tobin struggles with the knowledge of his true sex and is finally revealed as Tamir, a girl child hidden away by magic to avoid execution by the cruel king. Will her Companions still accept her? Will her best friend Ki? This book is something of a cross between the classic Alanna series and Woolf's Orlando. We have a similar story about a young woman disguised as a man who wants nothing more than to be a warrior, but must challenge social mores to do so. We al...more
Alex Ristea
I'm loving my commute more and more - I finished this audiobook in just a work week!

Hidden Warrior is yet again another hit from Lynn Flewelling, an author who I think deserves more attention. She can make you feel for characters like nobody else, and doesn't need grand-scale plots or life-endangering scenes to do so.

We follow the lives of Tobin and Ki (who I thought was written Kai for the entirety of the two books) and get more of what I loved in The Bone Doll's Twin. The dialogue was well-wri...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 2 (Hidden Warrior) continues the story, as Tobin tries to fit in at court with her cousin, the Prince, the other noble children, and their squires. By this point in the trilogy, Tobin knows the truth about herself, leaving her to not only to cope with her own destiny, but to struggle with a secret that threatens to change ever...more
Anne Denise
I thought this whole series was brilliant. I've never been what anyone would call a fast reader, but this book was so riveting that I read it (550 pages) in 8 days. That is somewhat of a record for me! Recommend wholeheartedly to any who love epic fantasy. This one has plenty of swords and sorcery but with many unique twists. Just traditional enough to hit the spot, but not so traditional that you feel you've read it all before. Also has a uniquely "spooky" sensibility that will appeal to those...more
Sandra
Maybe it's because I don't have to listen to that annoying narrator who weights every word with unnecessary significance as I'm reading this one, but many of the problematic elements such as clunky writing have disappeared in this second book. Since it was a holiday I spent the whole day reading and stayed up late, late, late reading it. The plot was nicely carried along and if the whole business of cutting a bone from one's side and peeling off one's skin in a ball of fire is a leetle bit over...more
Sandi
Though not quite as good as The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior is still engaging. My only complaint is that it went on about two hours longer than it should have. There was a perfect ending point to this second installment of The Tamir Triad about 10-15 chapters before it actually ended. The ending should have been the beginning of #3.

As with the first installment, the narration is excellent.
zjakkelien
A good book, but I liked it a little less than I did part one (The bone doll's twin). I got thrown out of the narrative a few times, mostly when the story focused on Niryn or on descriptions. Fortunately, this didn't happen very often, but when it did, it reminded me that although the premise of this book is quite original, the world is not. As a matter of fact, the world is very standard and felt a bit like old-fashioned fantasy, and Niryn is incredibly uninspired. Which is a pity, since the ot...more
Sophia Alexander
I've finished the third book as well, and this review encompasses the entire trilogy without spoiling anything. This is a solid fantasy series, with a compelling hero/heroine, strong secondary characters, and a plot that pulls the reader along. The series has interesting commentary on gender issues, but I do not think it has that much to say about transgender issues. The plot sets up the resolution of the personal issues associated with the main character's transition too neatly; unfortunately,...more
Britannia
Picking up where it's predecessor left off Hidden Warrior is actually an improvement on the previous novel in this trilogy, which is a pretty hard thing to do considering the fact that The Bone Doll's Twin was an all around stellar novel. Much like the first book in the series Hidden Warrior is well written and to the point without being too vague or short on the details. Unlike The Bone Doll's Twin this novel does not move slowly and is a page turner that you can barely stand to put down almost...more
Elin the Lightship
"That's the trouble with these new ways. There are too many girls with the blood of heroes in their veins and the stories still green in their hearts, kept in skirts by the fire."

A usurper king still rules Skala and the king's nephew Tobin is trying to come to terms with his destiny. As the years pass by, the day when he needs to reveal his true identity as a girl, hidden in the shape of a boy by dark magic, grows closer and closer. During the time his bond with his squire Ki and the friendship...more
Alice
I absolutely adored this book (and because of it I read the entire series before revieweing *bad Alice* ) so while this is under the Hidden Warrior book it goes for all of them.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the whole girl becomes boy. But it worked. Lynn Flewelling made it work, and because she did, it was awesome.

Tobin/Tamir is quiet, serious, slightly odd with a tragic past. And though Ki helps Tobin laugh more, that past follows in the shape of Brother.

That Flewelling had t...more
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Synopsis:

A trick of magic, a twist of fate.

As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin’s future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....

Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is to rule--not as he is but as he was born: a woman. Given the shape of a boy by dark magic, Tobin is the last hope of...more
Lydia
Jan 18, 2013 Lydia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lydia by: Zolphia
Hidden Warrior was a lot better than The Bone Doll's Twin. For one, the story picked up considerably - I finally felt like we were out of the introductions stage and the real plot started happening. With Tobin finally aware of his rather special circumstances, there is also more room for explorations of gender and identity (though not quite as much as I would've liked).

However, I still have a bone to pick with this book. Because it needed a much better editor. There were several continuity erro...more
Jenifer Thomas
Hidden Warrior carries off where it's previous installment, The Bone Doll's Twin, had left off. This book isn't quite as dark, and sets off at a more realistic pace, however, Flewelling draws the reader in through the development of the characters, making the book a page-turner. Hidden Warrior shows the transformation of the Royal Companions, as they emerge from adolescence and adulthood. Moreover, there's a lot more blood shed in this book than the last and the stakes are heightened as the day...more
Jess
The first novel gave us the foundation. This second novel definitely built upon that, layering the story and setting it against that base with every chapter. The first half of the novel may seem to drag to some, but for me it was cement that bound the entire tale together.

Alright, enough of that ham-fisted metaphor; let me explain myself.

The first half of the book I think really shined with character development. I felt much more engaged to each character as more was explained about each and the...more
Rachael
I read this so soon after I read the first novel in this series that I forgot I read it. I actually checked it out of the library about a week ago and realized I needed book 3 instead.

This novel continues the strange story of Prince Tobin and his twin. It begins immediately following Tobin's discovery of his true self. He must learn to live with the knowledge that one day the magic maintaining his image as a boy will disappear. In reality, Tobin is a princess who one day can become Queen.

I foun...more
Alejandro Jofre
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Eleven
Jun 08, 2008 Eleven rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of high fantasy, those interested in intricate stories
The second in the Tamir trilogy, sequel to The Bone Doll's Twin. I really loved the first one, love loved... so why did I only give this one three stars? Hm. Maybe because all of the reasons I was happy with the last one are missing in this book. But it is the second in a trilogy, and as we all know the second is always the setup for the third, so what can you do?

Tobin finally knows that he is truly a woman, destined to rule Skala and overthrow the usurper king. As he/she adjusts to this knowled...more
Paige
I liked the first book, and was happy to start this one right away.
I'm so glad I did because this book was even stronger than Bone-Doll's Twin, with fewer (imo) of the slower parts that dragged a bit.
Well plotted, well characterized, not exactly ground-breaking as far as world-building goes, but that's not too much of an issue with me. Especially if you can get me with a good character. I really love Ki and am growing quite fond of Tobin as well, though that is taking longer for me.
Fantasy Literature
Hidden Warrior is the second installment in Lynn Flewelling’s TAMIR TRIAD about Tobin, the rightful heir to the throne of Skala who is being magically hidden as a girl until it’s time for her to challenge the king. As this book begins, Tobin has just discovered the horrifying truth about himself, but he must still stay hidden until it’s time for the big reveal. He’s now living at the castle as a Companion to the prince. He’s nervous about the future because he genuinely likes his cousin, the pre...more
Eero
Kirja sarjan toinen osa, jossa tarina vain paranee.

Ensimmäisessäkin kirjassa oli kohtalaisen synkkä ja painostava tunnelma, mutta tässä kirjassa Lynn vie tarinaa huomattavasti synkempään ja painostavampaan suuntaan. Juonen käänteet eivät ole pääasiassa yllättävimmästä päästä, mutta muutamia hyviä yllätyksiäkin löytyy. Mutta tarina pysyy kirjailijalla hyvin hanskassa ja etenee kokoajan järkevästi ja loogisesti. Pidän etenkin Lynnin tavasta kuvata tapahtumia kaikkien osapuolien näkökulmasta.

Kirjan...more
Em
These books are driving me nuts. They have so much potential but they just miss the mark every time. A boy grows up to find out he's a girl (not a spoiler) and he just shrugs it off? Really? I need MORE from these characters. I need them to care! This book is very much filler between the big reveal and the climax and unfortunately there's way too much tell and not enough show! Here's hoping book 3 finally delivers.
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