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summary Range of Ghosts 108 ´ [Reading] ➺ Range of Ghosts By Elizabeth Bear – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 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 i Temur grandson of the Great Khan is walking away fEnded 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. 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

Range of GhostsEnded 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. 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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Range of Ghosts ¹ Going into 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. 45 StarsRange of Ghosts is a great read that blends a fantasy with a fairytale This is my first Elizabeth Bear read even though she has been on my reading list for a very long time After reading this one I will surely be looking up her other worksThis book is magical The writing is sublime The prose is lyrical The vocabulary is extraordinary Bear’s writing style adds to the wonderful world that she pens on paper This is a novel that is incredible because of the amazing writing itself The characters she creates are uniue and three dimensional and I liked them all Although this book has a straight forward story line with very few twists or turns I did not want it to end “He looked up to see a girl about his own age seventeen or eighteen winters behind her seated astride a rangy rose gray filly with the long ears and sparse mane of steppe blood The young horse curvetted snorting—showing off—and Bansh flicked her own ears as if to show herself unimpressed by the strenuous affectations of youth The girl’s nervousness Temur judged was communicating itself to her mount”“Even as he thought this something stirred the mist Something flitting sparkling even in the gloaming like chips of mica on the wing Thousands of somethings smaller than the span of Temur’s palm their pale or dark wings largely robbed of color in the dusk Butterflies Thousands and thousands of butterflies Bansh stood stolidly as they swirled about her like windblown leaves Buldshak snorted and shook out her tail tossing her head when they landed between her eyes and crawled up her ears to take flight again Their wings brushed Temur’s skin like falling petals The delicate prickers of their feet tickled his face when they lighted briefly then took off again The wind of their passing was comprised of a thousand shifting currents”“He took a breath The words that were coming out of him had the ring of portent the air of a gathering storm But he had not rehearsed them and he did not know from what reservoir within him they sprang “I am Re Temur I will help you fight your Rahazeen warlord Hrahima And I will take back from him in turn what he first took from me And then I will come back and see ori Bua put out of the place that was rightfully my brother’s”Something poured out from him as he spoke He saw Samarkar’s light react to it It sped from him like the shadow of a ripple on the sandy bottom of a river’s ebb He saw the movement of Samarkar’s collar as she swallowed; he saw Hrahima’s whiskers come forward and her tired ears perk up He saw Payma’s left hand fall to her side and sueeze her robes against her thigh”I loved this magical adventure that would surely be loved by fans of Neil Gaiman free download ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ä Elizabeth Bear

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Elizabeth Bear ä 8 characters Temur grandson of the Great Khan is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead All around lie the fallen armies Range of PDF 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. 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 brainz y'all needta come correctSo often fantasy novels come down to world building This is a new and foreign place to the reader and the details of the way this particular world works are a big part in how much you enjoy inhabiting the aforementioned world That being said this world was explained not only succinctly but beautifully Ms Bear's prose is lovely her characters deep and thoughtful and the rules in this world are mysterious and interesting yet easy to understandPlus this has the historical fantasy aspect to it as well And since the analogs are the Russian empire the Middle East and the steppes of the Khan all of which interest me greatly I felt transported while reading this wonderful bookThe next two in the series shall be devoured forthwith