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The Bone Doll's Twin [Mass Market Paperback]

Lynn Flewelling
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Oct. 2 2001 Tamir Triad
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....

Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny

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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Young Tobin had the misfortune of being born female in perilous times, in which high-born females of all ages are being murdered by order of the king, to ensure his son's succession to the throne. Years earlier, King Elrius usurped his sister's rightful claim to the throne--an act that abrogated the divine protections set over his people, bringing plague and war to the land. There are those who would see the divine prophecies honored, however, and a warrior queen restored to the throne. So Tobin is disguised by means of dark magic that conceals her true gender with that of her twin brother, who was killed at birth, but not fast enough. He drew a single breath, which was enough to keep his soul earthbound and horribly angry. Tobin will indeed be queen, but only if she can be protected until adulthood from her insane mother, her demonic brother, and every evil wizard in the land. This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful. Paula Luedtke
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“This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful ... A magnificent epic.”

“A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more.”

“A thoroughly engrossing new fantasy. It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn’t let go.”
— George R.R. Martin

“A relentless tale that examines whether the ends can ever completely justify the means.”
— Robin Hobb

“Fresh and original ... Books like this are too good not to share.”
— Katherine Kurtz

Locus magazine called Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series “a welcome sight” and “a pleasure to read.” Now discover the magic for yourself with this remarkable fantasy trilogy, packed with rogues and spies, assassins and politicians:

Luck in the Shadows
Nightrunner Volume One

Stalking Darkness
Nightrunner Volume Two

Traitor’s Moon
Nightrunner Volume Three

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best random picks I've had! Oct. 22 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After going through the reviews post-read, I find myself absolutely astonished by some of the lesser-rated ones I read. As someone who'd never experienced Flewelling's work before, I went into this book rather skeptical, as I usually do when picking up a random read. The first couple of chapters were slow, and I felt a little uneasy about the choice, but as soon as the meat of Tobin's story began, I was completely engrossed. I found the entire story fascinating, and the concept of dealing with a personal haunting to be something I'd never read in fantasy before.

As for the story itself, it *is* a coming of age story, but while some might find Tobin's "meekness" to be irritating, I found it very sweet and realistic. The way I would imagine reacting to things if I were a child. I found the character progression to be well-paced, considering this is the first book of a trilogy, and thought the main characters-Tobin, Ki, Arkoniel, Lhel, Tharin-to be interesting in each their own way. Some I liked more than others, and for reasons that went unsaid in the book itself. The stuff you had to think about.

I think the fact that by the end of the book, I was chomping at the bit and went out to buy the second novel that day says something.

If you are looking for an action-packed read, this is not the book for you... but if you're more a fan of character development, dark undertones in plot, and a touch of the macabre, I'd say pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite Author Dec 14 2010
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This was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The strong character-driven plot draws you in from the moment the book begins. I could barely wait to read the next when I had finished this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong character-driven fantasy July 6 2009
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This series is a sort of prequel to the author's Night Runners series - I personally enjoyed this series more. The setting is fairly generic for the most part, and the story seems a bit stereotypical on the surface (true heir to the throne being raised in hiding), but Flewelling adds enough twists to make this book stand out. The beginning might be a bit disturbing for some readers (it involves an infanticide committed by the "good guys") - like many modern fantasy books the lines between good and evil are not clear-cut. The real strength is the characters, which are more fully developed than those in most fantasies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow March 18 2006
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading and loving Lynn's other series, the Nightrunner books, I was a bit wary about taking on this onebut I am glad I did. It is wonderfully writen and a genuinely interesting read. While the book would ultimately be considered a fantasy novel, it is not the typical, overblown, "unicorns, knights and talking animals" fantasy so it may appeal to fans outside of the genre as well as from within. The characters are well developed and the story moves quickly.
I found myself not wanting to put it down, reading late into the night.
Make sure you have Hidden Warrior on hand as you near the end of this one because you'll want to stay in this fictional world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Write faster, Lynn! June 17 2004
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This is one of the best "I picked it up in the grocery store" books I've ever read. After finishing, I immediately ordered all of Lynn Flewelling's books.
As the years go by, I've found that it's become more and more difficult for a book or a movie to scare me. This one did. Not the "I'm frightened out of my wits and will never be able to sleep" sort of scare, but more of a delicious chill that sends goosebumps up my spine and leaves me feeling delighted at the same time.
One of the nice things about "The Bone Dolls' Twin" is that so much of it is told in shades of gray. There is no absolute right or wrong here, and in addition to being entertaining, it's a story to really make you think. I can hardly wait for the third book in the trilogy to be released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read this in two days!! May 17 2004
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And believe me I got upset if anyone interrupted me! I even took it to work and read a few chapters there! This book was very well written and the characters grab you. I am going to find the sequel to this today and order it. By the way, Im wondering what book the other reviewer was reading that had pornographic sex scenes? Sounds like a different book altogether, the only characters having sex were the wizard and the witch and i don't think they got to deeply into that. Great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but a good read overall Jan. 16 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a whole, I saw this book-to paint a picture-as like a barbell... It's heavy at the beginning, kind of long and mild in the middle, then it gets heavy again at the end. The beginning of the story pulls you in for sure; then, as you get into the story, it just turns into one long story. There are a lot of important elements in the middle of the story that are needed to understand the beginning and the end, so it's kind of justifiable, but I felt that the author needed to pick up the pace in certain instances and leave other things out.
Overall, this is a good read. The story and characters do pull you in and, I feel, makes you want to finish the book. There are quite a few books that I could not finish because I just could not get into them; but this one kept me.
The ending of the story truly makes me want to read the second novel. I'm really interested to see how things turned out for the main character and the other characters as well.
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