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The Bear and the Serpent

(Echoes of the Fall #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Maniye, child of Wolf and Tiger, has a new soul and a new shape. But as Champion of the Crown of the World, does she represent an opportunity for the North – or a threat? Travelling as a bodyguard to the Southern prince, with her warband of outcasts, she hopes to finally discover her true place in the world.

But if only it was that simple. Tensions rise, and new allies face
Published by Macmillan (first published February 9th 2017)
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Amelia I agree, they're komodo dragons. Couldn’t be any other non-fictional, non-extinct animal. There are similarly large lizards that are closely related,…moreI agree, they're komodo dragons. Couldn’t be any other non-fictional, non-extinct animal. There are similarly large lizards that are closely related, like the Nile monitor, but they're not venomous.
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars for The Bear and the Serpent, an epic shapeshifter fantasy set in a Bronze Age type of era, and the sequel to 2016's The Tiger and the Wolf. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

The Bear and the Serpent follows the continuing adventures of a young woman named Maniye, who has an unusual dual heritage that allows her to instantly shapeshift into Wolf (her father’s people) and Tiger (her mother’s). Now Maniye has been gifted a third form by the gods, called a Champion: a massi
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

A safe bet for readers who enjoyed the first book in the series, "The Bear and the Serpent" continues the saga of Maniye Many Tracks – the girl who was born half-Wolf, half-Tiger. After escaping the numerous assassins and gaining the sort of superpowers than any decent epic fantasy heroine truly needs (her Champion form), Maniye leaves her northern, tribal Crown of the World and heads to the distant, warm climate of the Sun River empire. The girl, despite her tender age, gains a following and a
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, year-s-best
The Bear and the Serpent Adrijana Čajkovskog je za klasu lošiji od prvog dela u ovom serijalu. Od jedne angažovane, feminističke i prilično relevantne priče krećemo se ka gejmotronskom senzibilitetu i spoju s autorovim prethodnim fantazijskim serijalom, Shadows of Apt. I dalje se vidi da je Čajkovski silno napredovao u odnosu na svoje prvo, desetotomno čedo, ali ipak sam više očekivao od ovog romana i mislim da je autor prerano spojio svoja dva serijala, iako se taj pravac mogao naslutiti već u ...more
Reece Dinn
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I found myself wanting to like this more than I actually did, much like the 1st installment, only more so. The things I didn't like about the Tiger and the Wolf are more apparent in this sequel, although I couldn't tell you why. If I were to list all of its qualities the Echoes of the Fall series has everything I look for, complex characters, engaging plot, solid prose, strong world building, etc, but somehow it just doesn't do it for me. I find myself drifting off as I read, and when I think to ...more
Philippa Mary
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a digital copy from Netgally in exchange for an honest review*
This is a fantastic sequel to the Tiger and the Wolf. I had high expectations for this book and it didn't disappoint. The world is so well written and so interesting. The development of the characters was great, the plot engaging throughout and the world is a new favourite of mine. There are so many amazing characters in this series and such a diverse range of people. I will say I would have liked more of Maniye but that i
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rebekah Schofield
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
So previously I have done a review of the first book in this series, The Tiger and the Wolf. And, if you care to check, I will put a link at the end of this review. Starting out this review I want to say, that, I absolutely love this book, and had it not been for some personal problems with the plot I would have rated it 5 stars! I love this series, and is without a doubt in my mind my favourite series! So, getting that past, let's get into the real “meat” of this review! Stating before this tha ...more
Coby Heitz
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had a very slow buildup but the ending was worth the effort for me. However I can see how one might just decide to put this one down in favor of some more instant gratification. I did enjoy it though.
i was not disappointed at all by this sequel. it has a little bit of a slow burn begining (much like the first book) but the action builds and builds. both the world and characters were expanded upon; some questions were answered but now i have even more than after the first book. i will def be reading the 3rd book when it comes out !!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I barely have words to express how much I love these books, but I will try anyway because that's the kind of person I am.

The Bear and the Serpent is the second in the Echoes of the Fall trilogy. Maniye, having come to terms with her Tiger and Wolf sides, is now Champion for something even bigger and more powerful. However, she takes something of a back seat in proceedings here as we follow the beginnings of a civil war in the Sun River Kingdom, where two identical twins fight to be Kasra (or Kin
S.J. Higbee
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For those of you tempted by the cool cover to plunge in and pick up this one without reading the first book in the series, my advice would be don’t. Though Tchaikovsky provides a ‘Story So Far’ – a development that I thoroughly approve of – the first book is a tour de force and you’ll miss far too much of the wonderful richness of this amazing world. A world where people are defined by their clans and what they shape-shift into when they reach puberty. A world riven by constant wars and fights b ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-horror
The Bear and the Serpent is a really good book. It's the second in the series, and even better than the first in my opinion. The main character, Maniye, has really grown in the meantime to become a mature person and true leader. Again, I am impressed with Tchaikovsky's character writing. He managed to create a female character who matures from a slightly annoying teenager to a responsible adult, but in a believable way. Maniye is a great heroine.

The book follows two major storylines, which come
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Lone Mountain story was grand but the Kasra thing bored me to (crocodile) tears. There is a lot of fighting in this book. I only have so much endurance for animals tearing each other to shreds repeatedly. The ant bit I thought was really clever.
emma pawz clawz
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is probably the end of the series for me. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first. I would appreciate a bit more personality drama. I was hoping there would be a tiny romance forming between Many Tracks and Asmander but whatever hinting is there is too thin to keep my interest.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bear and the Serpent barrels on straight from the previous book with many of the characters from the previous book heading of in different directions! :D Maniye, Hesprec and and Asmander and their Many Tracks tag along gang are off for a sunny vacation spot with the Sun River peoples, while at the same time Venat is heading back to his Kingdom to regain the top job and in the North Loud Thunder is starting to have to confront the invasion of the Plagues Peoples! :D

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Daniel Garrido
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tras la entretenida y refrescante lectura que supuso The Tiger and the Wolf, la novela con la que Adrian Tchaikovsky iniciaba esta trilogía de Echoes of the Fall, tenía puestas unas expectativas muy altas para su continuación. Tras devorar The Bear and the Serpent puedo decir que la saga mantiene su dinámico ritmo, con mucha aventura y unos personajes que atrapan al lector, aunque baja un peldaño sobre su magnífica primera entrega.
En esta continuación la aventura principal se traslada hasta el
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful addition to the Echoes of the Fall series! I loved the way this book fleshed out the world as well as the characters that we met in the first book. We get to explore the Sun River empire in the Southern region, as well build upon the explorations of the Northern region that occurred in Book 1.

The relationships between the characters are also explored more in this book, which allowed us to see the way in which Maniye's relationship with her fellow wolves (including her father) has ch
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
So long and dragged out, as well as so many character story lines as opposed to the 3 main ones in the first book.
I also missed hearing more about Maniye and her champion. This book was about her trip there, but once there fizzled straight away.

It had the potential to be great, but was just lacking really. The ending was a bit lacklustre also.
So many pages, such a length of a book for a cluster of characters, and a sub par battle...

Also - maniye is supposed to have this great mythical creature
Gemma McGee
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although we are introduced to the Sun River Nation by Maniye I felt this book is more about Asmander. I did like Asmamder as a character but I really liked him when he was talking with Venat and Shyri, you could see the person behind the Champion. Venat became one of my favourite characters, he is a grumpy, blunt Pirate Dragon, what more could you want in a character.This book really has two stories, we have the story with Asmander and Maniye in the Sun River Nation and Loud Thunder in the Crown ...more
Laura Newsholme
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
There is so much of merit in this book that I feel like I should have really loved it, but unfortunately I just didn't. It tells the continuing story of Maniye and her journey to the River kingdom of the south to assist Asmander. One of the things that left me a little cold here was that the focus of narrative was so split between different groups that sometimes, it was hard to keep things in order. I usually enjoy multiple points of view, but I just found this a little confusing. There wasn't e ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spec-fic
c2017 (2) FWFTB: Champion, bodyguard, warband, twins, conquest. I am a great admirer of Mr Tchaikovsky's work and normally thoroughly enjoy his writing. With this particular book, I thought the characters, world, and plot was excellent but, boy, did I battle to get to the end of this one. There is something about have character names and place names that have 3 or 4 components in them that just seems to drive my brain crazy. As an example, you have Kalameshli Takes Iron coming from the Crown of ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine follow-up to The Tiger and the Wolf

The first book in this trilogy to be, The Tiger and the Wolf, is a fairly self-contained story; it could have stood alone. The Bear and the Serpent's new direction and quite original adversaries made getting into this book a bit less swift and easy than the start of book one. It initially felt more like a new adventure than the next step of an ongoing saga. But that change expanded the scope and gave the author room to tell a more epic story.

Most of the
Nia Sinjorina
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well into this trilogy and Adrian Tchaikovsky continues to delight my literary taste buds with his deeply sculptured characters and punchy style.

The Crown of the World now gives way to the Great River as the stage for book 2 of the series, even as the threat that hovered over book one begins to thicken its presence. More importantly the characters introduced each undergo a growing of their own as choices decide paths will ultimately define their futures.

Having said all this, it does feel slightl
Stephen Blake
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent sequel. Highly recommended. Less focus on Maniye Many Tracks in this book which bothered me at first but the author writes so many great characters it quickly didn't matter. Loud Thunder of the Bear clan is one of my all time favourite characters in a book. The thing I like about him is that he really does not know what he is doing. It is never boring though, it's just real. He tries and tries. He's just such an honest person. He makes bad decisions and mistakes, just like we would. A ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this second of the Echos of the Fall, the world of the animal souled people is coming to know their enemy. These bronze age people; some of whom have only just discovered iron, are facing a technology advanced race. Claws and fangs are no match.

Even harder is getting the tribes to believe in the danger's existence and unite a population that prey on each other. An eyewitness and survivor is found but thought mad. A "souless one" is captured but doesn't appear to be much of a threat.

Bear must
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
There's a lot going on in this book and it took me a while to get back into the world and who all the characters were. There's a lot of politicking, talking and confusion. I think the best thread was really what was happening with Bear. The River People got very convoluted, confused, and a touch slow. We lost track of Many Tracks, which was a shame - the final 'oh you've grown up, Maniye' lines made me shrug. Did she? I don't recall her agency being very high, I'm afraid.

I do like this series an
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent sequel to The Tiger and the Wolf. Tchaikovsky splits our heroes and juggles two separate storylines here, but for the most part it works without a hitch. I enjoyed the development of so many minor characters while keeping the main players front and center in the story. And it's nice to have an epic fantasy series which not only showcases many diverse female characters, but also gives them as much agency in the story as the male characters have and treats them as people in their own ...more
Gregg Buford
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it sort of. I say sort of because for most of the book I was just unclear on somethings from the story. This may just be me and my lack of understanding but for most of this book it seemed a little murky in its explanation of the plague people. To much mumbo jumbo trying to be all mysterious. Still not sure what exactly they are. They seem to be more advanced but where do they get wings from or they just type of some machine. Overall I did continue to read it and I will be reading the ne ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent continuation of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy. All the wonderfully-drawn characters from The Tiger and The Wolf are present and correct and joined by some intriguing new individuals and tribes. The action expands to new parts of the world, all vividly realised, and we now focus on the coming global threat as much as we do on our protagonists' stories. Unlike its predecessor, which ended on several satisfying conclusions, this is much more of a cliff-hanger ending, leaving me extrem ...more
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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