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The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Jan 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: alternative-world, ghost, magic
Recommended for: Fantasy & romance readers
Read in January, 2011 , read count: 1

Fiametta is a strong female character dealing with medieval(?) prejudices. Bujold claims 3 sources for this story. 1) Folktales of heroes who come across unburied bodies, due to their debts, who pay the debts and bury the bodies, then are helped in their future adventures by said ghost. 2) Kobolds, and a self-effacing Swiss miner from a 16th century Latin treatise on mining translated by Hoover. 3) Golden saltcellar, bronze Perseus, mad castellan, wonderful and egotistical Cellini in the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.

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Erin I tried this ages ago, and it didn't quite work for me then. I'm thinking of going back to it though--now that I've read so much more Bujold maybe I'll see it differently.

June It was a little slow starting. Fiametta, even though she is very energetic and sees orders as something to get around not follow, seems a bit shallow. However, the adventure caught me up and she developed well enough when she couldn't be as self-absorbed.

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