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River of the World (Selling Water By the River #2)

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The city of Maras-Sund has stood for more than 20 years-two lands joined together by a magical bridge the Marasai used to conquer the Sundain. But the man known as Issel has magic of his own- an ability to manipulate water- which he will use to free his people. He finds an ally in Jendre, the daughter of a general in Maras's army, and a woman with her own vendetta against ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Ace Hardcover
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Alice
Mar 14, 2009 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
AS good as the first one... really they are two volumes of a single book, rather than two books in a series. The ending is satisfying and yet not, with a rearrangement of the status quo that addresses the deepest conflicts in the story, and yet does not resolve the conflicts within the protagonist character.

My only feminist concerns in this series are that the female characters, despite being complex and somewhat powerful, tend to fall into a few familiar and disappointing categories: A harem g
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Liviu
Nov 30, 2008 Liviu rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy

The concluding tale of the Sund/Maras duology features the same wonderful writing style of Mr. Brenchley and it is more interesting since things happen, though it's quite predictable too at least if you read enough fantasy.

Not as good as the Outremer series - better written perhaps, but lacking the sweep, interesting characters and world building of that one - I read these two books mostly for the wonderful prose than anything else.
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I strongly recommend reading both books back to back. It was over a year since I read the first and many of the details were faded. Often the author gives nudges/clues (all too often that is an annoying thing), but in this case they were completely lacking. So, most of the novel I spent trying to remember the context ('Who was that guy? Wasn't there something about that...?)

I probably would have produced more stars if I hadn't encountered that trouble.

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Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul. A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published three books for children and more than 500 sho ...more
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