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Temur grandson of the Great Khan is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother who made war to rule the Khaganate Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather's throne but he is not the strongest Going int This this was how empires ended With the flitting of wild dogs in the dark and a caravan of moons going dark one by one I am afraid I cannot say many good things about the Range of Ghosts It is a generic fantasy as bland as an unsalted porridgeIt is not surprising that with the saturation of the sword and sorcery fantasy set in Western uasi mediaeval setting the authors migrated Eastward to look for new pastures The Eternal Sky series is also drawing upon the rich cultural and civilisational heritage of the East with clear Mongol Chinese and Arabic influences and so those readers who enjoyed the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Eon Inda or Wheel of the Infinite don t tell me you allowed this gem to pass you by might also find it interesting That is if you don t care about anything else except for world building When a book starts with a dying man travelling through a battlefield and instead of being devastated sorry for him petrified all the above all you feel is polite disinterest you know that something is wrong It might be the writing style it might be the main protagonist or the way the story develops In my case the Range of Ghosts failed in all three areas the only decent characteristics of this book is the world building Because the harsh fact is that in this magnificent world where sky and sun changes with the conuest where magic is not innate but wizardry is attainable through surgery if you sacrifice fertility magic may or may not bloom in you and where members of certain family have their moons scattered upon the firmament like coins in the world inhabited by fantastic humanoid and non humanoid races including living stones pooing gems nothing interesting happens There are two main POVs male and female Meet Temur your generic princeling forced to fight for his heritage and Samarkar who rejected her royal family to become a wizard Of these two Samarkar is a mature and better developed as a character and I found her chapters interesting mainly because Temur s narrative particularly at the beginning suffers from an absolute lack of exposition OK I know I know showing no telling But when all the author shows is an incomprehensible picture this really doesn t make it easier for the reader to develop an emotional attachment Writing should be about conflict but stakes in the Range of Ghosts never seem to be high enough and the lows she puts her protagonists through never seem to be low enough For Temur or in my head Femur the first plot twist is based on an emotional bond that is not credible I do not deny that an attachment can form on a basis of a purely sexual fling but in this case it is absurd to agree that this thing could outweigh Temur s personal drama Samarkar s chapters run smoothly but again the internal conflict is non existent and her personal sacrifice looks like a compromise Also the way the story is told is too slow even for me and I am usually very fond of slow burners take Guns of the Dawn or The Curse of Chalion Here nothing happens for the better part of the book boring travelogue and there is no beauty to this nothingness no purpose either When something does happen it happens so fast or in such a manner that it is very hard to discern where it fits in the larger tale For now it is my conclusion that Ms Bear is not a skilled story teller I need something than magical horses really prophecies and necromancy to be seduced The forming love triangle towards the end of the book was the last straw On top of everything I had problems with the writing style view spoiler Hrahima just dropped down to all fours and scuttled like a frog crossed with a tiger Am I the only person having problems with visualising such hybrids hide spoiler

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Range of Ghosts

Ed in battle and blood Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizardsThese two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous pow Reviewed at Adventures in SciFi Publishing Podcast and Giveaway of Eternal Sky TrilogyI have heard for years that Elizabeth Bear is a rare talent and I wish I hadn t waited this long to read her Her ability to mesmerize me with her prose reminds me of Mercedes Yardley but with her own flair I highlighted many passages from Range of Ghosts but I ll start with the first paragraphRagged vultures spiraled up a cherry sky Their sooty wings so thick against the sunset could have been the column of ash from a volcano the pall of smoke from a tremendous fire Except the fire was a day s hard ride east away over the flats of the steppe a broad smudge fading into blue twilight as the sun descended in the westIn a recent podcast with Elizabeth she said that that first line just came to her and then she had to build the world and story from there Range of Ghosts was a rare treat in fascination as I read line after line of worldbuilding and scenery that made me think this is the kind of Fantasy world I want to discover In the past few years Michael J Sullivan has been my only real Fantasy author I ve been able to read I struggle with the complexity of nations factions casts of characters and how they all must be memorized in order to follow the plot Both Elizabeth and Michael excel at keeping me engaged and reminding me who is who so that I can follow along leisurelyOne way that Elizabeth kept me from feeling overwhelmed was that she grounded me immediately in her main character Temur She paints a realistic setting for him in the wake of a losing battle but only so far as it supplements his feelings as a warrior without a clan You sympathize with him in his sorrow that his battle was against cousins where there can be no victory Perhaps he was a ghost she wrote and you feel him in his cold sorrow identifying what it must feel like to have your world flipped upside down a wound to his neck that should have killed him and being alive without any clear purpose In our podcast Elizabeth talked about how his journey is atypical of most Fantasy heroes He isn t necessarily in need of overcoming a character flaw as much as he needs to adapt to a new life Range of Ghosts is the story of him finding allies within people of different cultures and powers and discovering the people behind a war that has just begunYet even her antagonists have a degree of sympathyIt was a sad truth Shahruz reflected that the nature of war was such that not everyone could survive itI ve seen a reviewer comment How can you not fall in love with a hero who names his horse Dumpling The way he treats this horse and their camaraderie built through their common will to survive is a great picture of why we grow to root for Temur He moves on from this new friendship to meet a girl Edene from a small tribe who is willing to befriend him even though he has no name to give her Elizabeth s scenes are subtle but effective in building sympathy for these characters Without ruining what happens I read with eager anticipation to see how their lives would turn out Elizabeth does a fine job dangling this carrot far enough away to promise an epic and realistically romantic adventure before we re satisfiedI ve yet to mention another of our heroines the female wizard Samarkar whom Elizabeth describes best in this intro When she woke if she woke she would no longer be the Once Princess Samarkar She would be the wizard Samarkar and her training would begin in truth She had chosen to trade barrenness and the risk of death for the chance of strength Real strength her own Not the mirror caught power her father his widow her half brothers or her dead husband might have happened to shine her way It seemed a small sacrificeAll of the women in Range of Ghosts exhibit a uniue display of power which also endears us to them their sacrifices and their journeyIn this story of strong female characters we also have a wonderfully uniue and hard to swallow magic system where women suffer for males to gain strength There is a scene on page twenty that must be shown to evoke the true power it represents both in Elizabeth s worldbuilding skills and in the stakes through which this world and power will be won Twin girls no older than his youngest daughter lay on the table before him bound face to face their throats slit with one blow It was their blood that flowed down the gutter in the table to fall across his hands and over the sawn halves of a uartz geode he cupped together reddening them even than the sun reddened his sand colored robes He stayed there hands outstretched trembling slightly with the effort of a strenuous pose until the blood dripped to a halt He straightened with the stiffness of a man who feels his years in his knees and spine and with sure hands broke the geode apart Strings of half clotted blood stretched between its parts Al Sepehr was not alone ellipses mine Shahruz drew a naked hand from his sleeve and accepted the gory thing with no evidence of sueamishness It was not yet dry How long will it last A little while he said Perhaps ten uses Perhaps fifteen It all depends on the strength of the vessels The girls their bodies too warmed by the stone and the sun to be cooling yet When you use it remember what was sacrificed In this world and branch of magic system women sleep so that men like Shahruz may absorb their restfulness women like the twins described above are killed so that stones may be used for communication with the duration of usefulness tied to the strength of the vessels The ramifications of this type of magic system on culture is just one example of how this world bleeds with creativityI only have one aspect of Range of Ghosts that I did not enjoy as much as the rest of its parts and that is the section between the halfway point and about ninety percent where the traveling from one place to the next did not interest me on a scene by scene basis as did the first half of the book It felt like pieces on a chessboard shuffling around in anticipation of a greater battle to come which is understandable but I have to admit that I wanted to enjoy that section than I did It could be that I missed some aspects of tension but that was my experience I mentioned above that her scenes are subtle so maybe I didn t read carefully enough as I eagerly read toward the climax The last ten percent had a magical dragon fighting battle that really excited me for battles to come I left this book wanting but also hoping that the traveling type scenes will be engaging as the story unfolds

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O exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousinOnce Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song but that marriage end Dear Elizabeth Bear and TorI m suffering from an epic bout of nerd rage at the moment and I feel as though the responsible parties should know what a torment I am going through You see Range of Ghosts was an absolutely stunning read in ever aspect It s easily my favorite book of 2012 so far and now it s overIt s OVER and I have NOTHING to turn to because it s the FIRST BOOK in a TRILOGY and the next books haven t been released yet Oh the tragedyThat s the cause of my nerd rage I need from this series to uench my thirst to find out what happens next and there s nothing for me to turn to So this small letter is my plea for the release of book two as soon as possible I m going crazy over here You can t write a book THAT GOOD and not expect readers to want nowOh and before I forget thank you for the cover art It is absolutely beautiful SincerelyYour nerd raging fanbook reviewerSarahRead my full review here


10 thoughts on “Range of Ghosts

  1. says:

    So the draw here is entirely the worldbuilding to my eye And it is good worldbuilding; Bear didn’t just say â

  2. says:

    “This this was how empires ended With the flitting of wild dogs in the dark and a caravan of moons going dark one by one”I am afraid I cannot say many good things about the Range of Ghosts It is a generic fantasy as bland as an unsalted porridgeIt is not surprising that with the saturation of the sword and sorcery fantasy set in Western uasi mediaeval setting the authors migrated Eastward to look for new

  3. says:

    I seriously could not get enough of this book The story was instantly engaging That's always a worry for me It can be the most amazi crazy book in the world but if the first 15 pages don't grab me I may not be finishing it I know that's kind of harsh but I have an intimidatingly huge To Read shelf and if'n you wanna be in mah brai

  4. says:

    45 StarsRange of Ghosts is a great read that blends a fantasy with a fairytale This is my first Elizabeth Bear read even

  5. says:

    I can easily say this is my favorite book by Elizabeth Bear I liked the two main characters very much the writing was smooth as silk and probably most importantly I loved the depth of the mythologyI have a soft spot in my heart for stories within stories and I have nothing but good things to say about Eternal Night and t

  6. says:

    Dear Elizabeth Bear and TorI’m suffering from an epic bout of nerd rage at the moment and I feel as though the responsible parties should know what a torment I am going through You see Range of Ghosts was an absolutely stunning read in ever aspect It’s easily my favorite book of 2012 so far and now it’s overIt’s OVER and I have NOTHING to turn to because it’s the FIRST BOOK in a TRILOGY and the next books have

  7. says:

    I got up early so that I could finish reading this book while the house was uiet and I could be alone with it and I'm glad I did After reading the last page I sat with my coffee and just sat and explored how deeply satisfyin

  8. says:

    Reviewed at Adventures in SciFi Publishing Podcast and Giveaway of Eternal Sky TrilogyI have heard for years that Elizabeth Bear is a rare talent and I wish I hadn’t waited this long to read her Her ability to mesmerize me with her

  9. says:

    It should be a crime for a fantasy to be this good Somehow Elizabeth Bear has created a world so richly detailed so gripping that I couldn’t put this book down for three hours not until I finally got to that last page And even after that I was still thinking about this book an hour later and not just to write this revie

  10. says:

    Almost the only thing I don't like about this book is the title It's just too nondescript and I kept forgetting what it was I kept telling my husband about this great Elizabeth Bear book I was readinguhwhat's it's title I can remember the titles for the next two in the series much easily for some reason But this one kept escaping my brainNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads po

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