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The Resource The red-stained wings, Elizabeth Bear

The red-stained wings, Elizabeth Bear

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The red-stained wings
Title
The red-stained wings
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Bear
Title variation
Red stained wings
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Language
eng
Summary
The Gage travels to the into desert lands under a deadly sky to answer the riddle of the Stone in the Skull. The Gage and the Dead Man brought a message from the greatest wizard of Messaline to the ruling queen of Sarathai, one of the Lotus Kingdoms. But the message was a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war
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Review
  • Winner of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, plus two Hugos for her short fiction, Bear launched her "Lotus Kingdoms" series with The Stone in the Skull. Here, brass automaton Gage is in the desert picking apart a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 12/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 20, p46)
  • Second part of the fantasy trilogy (The Stone in the Skull, 2017) set in the Lotus Kingdoms, splinters of the collapsed Alchemical Empire, where by night a cauled sun gives heat but little light, while days are lit by a brilliant ribbon of stars. Anuraja, the malevolent, despotic, and ambitious ruler of Sarathai-lae, has captured Sayeh, the princess of devastated Ansh-Sahal. Now, his armies and sorcerers besiege the old imperial seat, Sarathai-tia, ruled by Sayeh's cousin, Mrithuri. A mighty river protects her city, and the rainy season's beginning, so Mrithuri considers her situation impregnable. But what if the rains sorcerously fail? And who among her closest confidants is a traitor? Sayeh, reasoning that she can help Mrithuri by subverting Anuraja, works her wiles on her guards without revealing her concern for her young son, Drupada, who's been kidnapped by Himadra, Anuraja's nominal ally. Himadra, surprisingly, proves to be solicitous of the boy's welfare. Elsewhere, the Gage, an immensely powerful brass automaton with a human soul, introspectively pursues his nebulous mission into a poison desert beneath an alien sky and provides spectacular travelogue. There's plenty of intrigue and interplay among the characters, who have real complexity and depth (with, oddly, one exception), while the lack of action surprises even the characters themselves. It's almost as if the plot's waiting for the author to catch up. Illogically, the good wizards quickly reveal their limitations while the evil sorcerers don't seem to have any—though a yet more powerful player may still be hidden. And once again Bear illuminates the narrative through her talent for linking landscape with character. Yet despite it all, there's a persistent sense that her attention isn't fully engaged. Despite many alluring parts, this one has to qualify as a disappointment, if only because of Bear's previous lofty standards. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10776388
Cataloging source
DAD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bear, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Lotus Kingdoms
Series volume
book 2
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wizards
  • Imaginary wars and battles
Target audience
adult
Label
The red-stained wings, Elizabeth Bear
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
  • Sequel to The Stone in the Skull
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
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  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065319275
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780765380159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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map
System control number
(OCoLC)1101131412
Label
The red-stained wings, Elizabeth Bear
Publication
Note
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
  • Sequel to The Stone in the Skull
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065319275
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780765380159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1101131412

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