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Hidden Warrior (Tamír Triad #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  6,605 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 578 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Spectra (first published 2003)
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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
Sep 24, 2015 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Hear the Dream of Hyradin. 'And so came the Beautiful One, the Eater of Death, to strip the bones of the world. First clothed in Man's Flesh it came, crowned with a dread helm of darkness and none could stand against this One but Four.
First shall be the Guardian, a vessel of light in the darkness. Then the Shaft and the Vanguard, who shall fail and yet not fail if the Guide, the Unseen One, goes forth. And at the last shall again be the Guardian, whose portion is bitter, bitter as gall wh
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
Feb 22, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
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!
Hidden Warrior
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
Kat  Hooper
Dec 24, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Originally posted at FanLit.

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
Mar 11, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
May 07, 2015 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I recently re-read this novel with hopes to have a chance to give it a better review this time.

(More to come tomorrow!!)
Anne Denise
Jan 20, 2014 Anne Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2014 Em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 15, 2011 Lowed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Alex Ristea
Mar 27, 2011 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mmpb, series, fantasy
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
Dec 15, 2015 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, queer
This review contains no spoilers if you have already read the first installment The Bone Doll's Twin. If you haven't read that and don't want it's plot spoiled, then what are you even doing reading this sequel review? Go away.

This story has a gay side-character, and the main character is gender-queer...ish (maybe that's the wrong word). But don't get excited.

Hidden Warrior is mainly concerned with how Prince Tobin deals with recently learned knowledge that he was born a girl, and was made to app
Jun 23, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
Jul 26, 2010 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transgender, fantasy
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
Feb 26, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 16, 2010 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, audiobooks
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.
Emily (BellaGrace)
Jan 18, 2016 Emily (BellaGrace) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am really enjoying this series. I don't know why no one on my friends list here has read it or even marked it as "to read" - maybe this is just an unknown author? This series (so far) is reminiscent of the first Farseer trilogy. Both series start out with boys growing up in a royal household, training for their "destiny", and they both have important/powerful adult protectors. Both stories have a good plot, and great characters. The friendship between Tobin and Ki reminds me of the Fitz and Fo ...more
Fantasy novel, fast paced reading, but sadly missing any substantial depth both in character and in plot. Considering the gender change this book is centred around I would've expected more angst (off the battlefield). Or humour.

I expected more from the book, though I shouldn't have, I guess. As a thirteen year old I would've been satisfied. Now, I am not so excited.
Loved this book! The idea of the rightful heir Tobin knowing of his/her true sex and struggling with gender identity while trying to fulfill the prophecy of a Queen... so good. And the characters have depth, even minor characters.
Can't wait for the thrid book of the trilogy.
Jan 27, 2015 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series. High fantasy, lots of details. Dark days, dark storyline but there is the possibility of light and I am SO EXCITED to read the final book in the trilogy! Good stuff.
I really enjoy this series, and really all of these books.
May 09, 2017 Allisonlcarter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 again. This series continues to be interesting and frustrating. This book and the first in the trilogy could have been combined. At places it just draaags. So many long battle scenes. The mage stuff is bo-ring. But the worldbuilding and characters are neat! But every time we get to an interesting idea, particularly one rooted in the gender identity issues inherent in the premise, it's either shied away from (why is a queen better than a king anyway? Like, is there a reason it needs to be a d ...more
Jun 27, 2017 PK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was no way I could not read this for no other reason than to find out what happened to Ki. My little sweetheart, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Damn you, Iya, you messed up little wizard with no emotion beyond your desire to fulfill the prophecy. (view spoiler)

So, the story continues and once again, the author satisfies with complex characters and relationships, kingdoms with a strong medieval undercurrents a
May 27, 2017 Alealea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it's my favourite of the trilogy but I can't swear it, I love them all, for very different reasons...

There is something beautiful in watching the characters grow and reach the verge of adulthood.
And the complexity of Tobin emotions enlight the hardships of puberty and adolescence.

Here, Lynn Flewelling show a very unusual coming of age story.
Feb 01, 2017 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful and the beginning of the novel showed how Tobin was starting meld within his new place at court. The thing is as the book progressed I was slowly getting more and more annoyed at my favorite characters and I don't know how I felt about that. To prevent from spoilers I recommend reading the next installment but be prepared.
Anna Nesterovich
Jun 03, 2017 Anna Nesterovich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm speechless. That's my shortest review ever.
Feb 21, 2016 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I just got done writing my review of book one and how I found the premise interesting, but it never *grabbed me*. Now here I am one day later reviewing book two. Consider me grabbed.

A lot of my quibbles with "Bone Doll" were cleared up in this second, much more polished novel. Overall the pacing was much better than in the first book. There were still a few odd character jumps which I felt tripped up the narrative a bit, particularly in the climax sequence, but overall the progression of the
Jun 08, 2008 Eleven rated it liked it  ·  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
Great series.
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