Friday, June 20, 2008

The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy: Book 1)

By Lynn Flewelling

For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.

Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line — and from Illior’s faithful, who spread the Oracle’s words to a doubting populace.

As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king’s nephew — his sister’s only child — grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess’s daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.

Only Tobin’s noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king’s wrath, a mother’s madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother’s demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder....

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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy: Book 1) By Lynn Flewelling

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0553577239
| ISBN-13: 9780553577235
| Content: Witches, Dark Magic
| Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars

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♥ Mini Review ♥
There are certain books that tug you back into their clutches time and time again. Often because they resonate with a certain mood or life circumstance. For me this is one of those books. It is dark, deep, spooky, mystical and above all a fascinating study of human nature.

I am not going to recap the story as the blurb does a good job of doing that all on its own. Too good of a job actually. Instead I am going to tell you why I love this book so much that I've worn out my first copy and had to replace it.
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The tale centers around a lonely young boy who is haunted by a ghost. A malicious ghost at that. His father is distant, rarely at home and his mother is quite insane. It is obvious from the very start that a big black cloud looms over this family. Long before you learn his secret, a bond is created and not only do you start to really care about Tobin but you desperately want to know his story. I love, love, love character driven fantasy and this story is at the top of my list of favorites.

This saga has more twists and turns than a slinky and it is a prime example of dark fantasy at its very best. The cost of Tobin's secret identity comes at a steep price and one that makes you question it's worth. In addition to being a great example of character fantasy it does one more thing exceptionally well. It makes you think. And I don't mean just while you are reading it. I mean for days, weeks, years even. I bought my original copy back in 2003 and I still haven't come completely to terms with all of the issues this book and series explores. It is likely I never will.

If you are in the mood for a dark, creepy, gender bending exploration of human nature, want to explore the lengths people will go to protect what they love and read an entirely different take on "coming of age" I highly recommend this book.

Series Summary
Book Two ~ Book Three

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