Weight of Stone (Vineart War #2)
Laura Anne Gilmanâ€™s critically acclaimed, Nebula Awardâ€“nominated Flesh and Fire introduced a brilliantly imagined world where the grapevineâ€”cultivated by the Vinearts who k...more
Why don't fantasy writers imagine a culture other than feudalism and other metaphors for good & evil than the cliched right-handed & left-h ...more
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Weight of Stone, the middle volume of Laura Anne Gilman's Vineart War triology, gets an A- from this reader. At the end of Flesh and Fire, the opening volume, Jerzy, the former slave, now vineart a ...more
Unfortunately, fate intervenes, and the trio acquires a fourth--Kainam, princeling from an island nation h ...more
Jerzy, the apprentice vineart is back with friends combating the mysterious attacks on the Vin lands.
The Vin Lands are plagued by a mystery. Unknown magic stalks the land hidden in chance occurrences. Vineart Malech takes an apprentice, Jerzy, who shows surprising adeptness. The book changes focuses on how Vineart Malech and his apprentice Jerzy approach the strange occurrences in their land to focusing on Jerzy and his three unlikely friends. Jerzy’s experie ...more
I hate to say, "I really wanted to like this book," since I want to like every book I read, but there it is. I bought the first book in the series, Flesh and Fire, which was likeable but incomplete, only a set-up. I really like the Lands Vin and the magic system that feeds on spellwine.
The protagonist is named Jerzy, a name that takes me out of the Lands Vin and instead to th ...more
But most of all we watch Jerzy, his pals Ao and Mal, and new-found princeling pal Kainam sail around on the ship, argue about where to go to find the taint, come to an agreement, change course, and then just go home to Jerzy's h ...more
Only a fe ...more
It had been a while since I've read the first book, but I was able to dive in very quickly. There is a lot of back and forth and indecision on their quest, which is pretty realistic ...more
I'm really enjoying this series and I'm very glad the next is out so I can read it as soon as I have time. I'd have rated it a lit ...more
What a great continuation of this series and I certainly am left wondering what will happen to Jerzy and his friends. Laura Anne Gilman continues to amaze me with her storytelling. This book makes me want to read more fantasy and to get totally immersed in these worlds that writers have created! I wasn't always a huge reader of fantasy, until recently. I am glad that I took a chance on the Vineart War series! There is a mystery, magic and adventure! I am number five the line of holds for the ne ...more
(I am not a wine drinker, but I had a couple of glasses with friends tonight. This series didn't give me a greater appreciation for it, unfortunately, it still tasted like I would've preferred something else. Alas.)
Weight of Stone expands upon the world of the Lands Vin and the cast of characters we had been introduced to in Flesh and Fire. We learn more about the concepts of different factions and the desires and motivations that drive them. We learn a face and name for the adversary we only knew of in our periphery before. Our young heroes come of age and things get real.
Revelation and evolution abound. A definite success of a sequel.
In one instance the #2 character in these books, the Master Vineart, is killed offstage and off-handedly.
The main character is almost Mary Janedly gaining new and unexpected powers, and instead of investigating them he just ignores them. At least until they are needed to deas ex machina his way out of trouble.
This series uses grapes and wine as a source of magic.
By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).
After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including THE COLD EYE and SILVER ON THE ROAD, the Neb ...more