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By the Mountain Bound (The Edda of Burdens #2)

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For five hundred years the immortal Children of the Light, einherjar and valkyrie, have lived together in the North of Valdyrgard. They were born out of the Sea, each with a shining crystal sword in his or her hand; they are Angels of Light created in the formation of a new world.  But three have come before them, from the death-throes of the old world, Midgard: the world- ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Tor Books
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Maggie K
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is 2nd in a series....so those of you who read it first, well, you arent supposed to get it, it is 2nd in a series! What part of that is so hard to understand?? The world-building already happened! If you decided to skip it, that is on you, not the book! (One of my rants is people who rate books they don't get, when there is a clear reason they dont get it)

Anyway, to my review.... I really enjoyed this! Having read (and loved) All the Windwracked Stars, I had to read this one, and was
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Megan Baxter
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first read All the Windwracked Stars, I liked it quite a lot, but I never felt quite like I entirely understood the world or what was going on. In that book, Elizabeth Bear throws you in at the deep end, and I was always working to try to put together how the world had gotten to the place it was, and what the intense backstory of the characters was.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decisi
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Ms_prue
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like, not so much drowning in feelings, more like losing a pitched battle with feelings by the edge of an ocean in winter, and the battered corpse of my feelings being gently covered in silent, smothering snow*. Either way my feelings are disappearing under a lot of water but there's an important technical and visual difference. Probably. I'm going to have a little afternoon tea break now and then get on to book 3.

* Not a spoiler because it's literally the start of book 1.
Rick Smith
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one very much. To hard to figure out who was who at first.
Susan
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I still don't know what I think of this series!

On one hand, this book and its sequel are just gorgeous. The setting is fascinating, this mix of Norse mythology in a fantasy world, gorgeously sad in the inevitable tragedy and yet hopeful in all the characters' loss, sacrifices and will to survive. I became truly invested in Strifbjorn, Muire and Mingan, in all their incarnations. I find tragedy is an inevitable result of a character's habits, upbringing or personality to be really affecting, so
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Rosu Aquabutts
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
"I really liked it."

Wow, this was brutal.

By the Mountain Bound is a sequel/prequel to All the Wind-Wracked Stars. Prequel in that it all happens chronologically earlier, prequel in that it was published second and assumes knowledge of the first. It assumes a lot of knowledge of the first. See, this book is a tragedy. In fact, calling it a tragedy seems too light. This book is a car crash in slow motion, where we know exactly what position the cars all end up in and who was ruled culpable and how
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Alytha
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
By The Mountain Bound is the second volume of Elizabeth Bear's Edda of Burdens series.

This is the prequel to All the Windwracked Stars, and explains how the terrible battle in which the children of the light and the tainted destroyed each other. In the beginning, the waelcyrge and their chosen einherjar live in barbarian happiness in their halls with lots of mead, and keep justice in the mortal towns around.
One day, they find an almost-drowned young woman on the beach. She turns out to be a for
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Liz
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
By the Mountain Bound - Elizabeth Bear
As a gamer I was intrigued by the cover art. The beautiful armor and magnificent sword grabbed my attention and I HAD to
start reading it.
A few pages in, I grew very unsure about the book however. The character's were not described and I barely knew who was
narrating the chapters. I feel like the characters did not have personality as I'm used to by many authors and it struck me
so strangely it became a chore to read. When it's so tough to try and figure out
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kvon
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Not the book I expected from when I leafed through it in the bookstore. I have a habit of avoiding the book back synopses in favor of opening to a random page 50-60 pages in, and from that deciding if I want to see how the author gets there and if I like her style. But I happened into one of Muire's chapters, and she seems like a kickass arbiter of justice, and she turns out to be one of the minor characters (although she's probably the main character in the sequel). The first half of the book i ...more
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The Edda of Burdens (3 books)
  • All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burdens, #1)
  • The Sea Thy Mistress (The Edda of Burdens, #3)