Sunday, 11 December 2011

One for 2012? 'Range of Ghosts' (Elizabeth Bear)

Oooh, this could be more like it...

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 into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.
Once-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 ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These 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 power.

Epic Sword and Sorcery? I've had mixed results from the books, of Bear's, that I've read but 'Range of Ghosts' sounds like it could easily be my thing. I find myself reading a lot more fantasy these days and what I can see of the setting here looks appealing. How about you though, can you see yourself giving 'Range of Ghosts' a go?

3 comments:

Joe Sherry said...

Yes, yes I can. But then, it's new eBear.

shaneo52 said...

Hey Graeme did you read Range of Ghosts yet? I havent read any of her stuff yet, but I want this one bad.

shaneo52 said...

Hey Graeme, Did you read Range of Ghosts yet? I havent read anything by her yet, but this one looks awesome! Cool cover art too!