Range of Ghosts

Range of Ghosts

Book - 2012
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Going into exile after barely escaping a war waged by his cousin and brother, Temur, the grandson and heir of the Great Khan, teams up against an enemy cult with former princess Samarkar, who after a series of bitter betrayals has pursued a life of magical study.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765327543
Branch Call Number: F BEA NVD
Characteristics: 334 p. : map ; 25 cm


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EKGO Aug 31, 2016

Phenomenal epic fantasy that doesn't follow Tolkien's path.
This is probably the most difficult book I've ever read for my own pleasure. It was like an intense hike, grueling and painful, but when you reach the vista, it's all worth it, even if you're thoroughly exhausted.
The author loves words and it shows but her writing style is tweaked just enough that I couldn't get through a full sentence without having to ponder just what the sentence was supposed to mean. It's not that her style is wrong or overly formal, it's just different and it didn't flow well in my head at first. It took me 200 pages to find my rhythm and learn to read her writing in a fashion that wasn't a hindrance to the story.
However, like I said, I felt it was worth the effort. I like that the story is not Anglo-centric. I enjoyed the characters, even those that were stock, two-dimensional stand-in people. I was equally interested in the different-but-interrelated stories that were happening. I was fascinated by the idea of gods having different areas of the world and those areas reflecting the differences between the gods - the skies in each region are different because of the god who rules the area. I liked the mythology behind the regions. To me, the world was fascinating, the people and stories compelling, and I enjoyed the imagery.
This is an incredibly well-written fantasy novel that will appeal beyond the genre.

Nov 30, 2015

An epic story built around three very different cultures which inhabit the same world. The questing hero is exiled from a nomad culture ruled by warrior horsemen (Mongol). The heroine is a fallen royal who has joined a monastic sect where medicine and magic are practiced (Asian), and the villain plots to overthrow the ruler of a desert kingdom (Arab) and then rule the world. Lots of wonderful characters in this fabulously magical re-do of earth history. Books 2 and 3 in the series are also outstanding.

Sep 29, 2013

My first Elizabeth Bear and all I can say is WOW! You should read this book if you like fantasy with strong characters and excellent world building.

Aug 23, 2012

Great new fantasy series. Other then the introduction to Temur, the first 1/2 of the book is a bit slow as the author has to establish all the main characters, the history and geography and politics of the world. This I found a bit complex and non-nonsensical, but once the book lurches forward enough to bring the main 3 or 4 characters together and start their quest/adventure/trip/escape it really picked up and I then I couldn't put the book down. Loved the last 1/2 of the book and can't wait for this to continue.

zhangrong Jun 11, 2012


Ms_Nurse Jun 09, 2012

I love this world interesting world building, and vivid characters. I truly enjoyed this story of Mongols and magic.

Apr 10, 2012

First of a series/trilogy. Vivid, real, great characters you care about, and absolutely marvelous. Highly recommended if you like fantasy tales with myths and horses and Mongols and the Silk Roads.

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