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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; 1st edition (July 3 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0732277124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732277123
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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Prophecies of old say that Skala will prosper as long as a queen of the true lineage holds the throne. But for many years, a usurper king has ruled, with tragic and devastating consequences for the people. Moreover, keeping the rightful future queen safe directly beneath the eyes of her deadliest enemies is the sacred mission of Skala's renegade wizards. To fulfill that intent, they magically changed the infant girl's body to that of a boy. Eventually shown her true, female face, Tobin is shocked and confused but struggles successfully to navigate "his" complex world, rife with secrets, assassins, and political agendas, and to come to terms with her destiny, which he isn't at all sure he wants. Ultimately, orphaned Tobin must betray his only remaining family and reveal them for the conniving traitors they are. That is a difficult enough task, but Tobin's most bizarre secret must yet come to light before she can claim the throne. A beautiful, compelling, dark tale. Paula Luedtke
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A fantasy that does not flinch from its premise all the way to a satisfying conclusion. The story pulled me under and carried me off with it' Robin Hobb 'It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn't let loose until the last' George R R Martin 'Original, well-written and totally absorbing ... a moving and thoroughly recommended read' Starburst --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on March 7 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though this book, I feel, did not outshine the Bone Doll's Twin, it was still a very worth while read.
There were moments of extreme darkness and apprehension, and then there were hilarious scenes of almost painful irony, in which Tobin, the girl turned boy, is mocked for having no beard, and is even dragged into a brothel. They made me fall over laughing. It takes a very skillful writer to insert these very different scenes into one book.
Also, I was very pleased at how she handled Tobin's dilemna of being a girl in a boy's body, and discovering her true sexuality. She has to deal with teasing, embarrassing accusations, and very awkward situations that can be heart wrenching or chuckle-inducing.
P.S. I am shocked and appalled by some of the people reviewing this book. One person who hasn't even read the first installment is reviewing this volume, and he/she hasn't even read the entire thing. This book is meant to be read after the first one, and though it does not say so anywhere, that is the fault of the publisher, and should not be blamed on the author. Therefore, it can't possibly be given a fair review if only this installment had been read. Many renowned literary works would make absolutely no sense if you just started in the middle. It's stupid.
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For me, the big test of how good a novel is is the length of time I take to get the sequel or another of the author's works. With The Bone Doll's Twin, I could hardly sleep the entire night after reading it, and dashed out to get Hidden Warrior almost immediately upon waking up the next day. It's been a long time since I started reading fantasy, and in recent years I'd come to despair of finding new authors to match the standards of veterans Raymond E Feist, George R R Martin, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey etc (most of whom are rather played out by now anyway). Lynn Flewelling recaptured for me the sense of wonder I used to feel when entering a completely new and captivating fantasy world; the chivalry and honour of ages long gone.

The Tamir novels stand out most for their originality - the haunted girl-turned-boy child Tobin, the doll theme, Brother, etc. They add a very subtle undercurrent of dark fantasy without resorting to the hair's-breadth escapes, danger or gore-and-blood-spattered scenes a la Terry Goodkind. Flewelling skillfully highlights gender equality without crossing the line into outright female chauvinism. Erius and Korin are shown in a surprisingly human light with their strengths and loves as well as flaws - not quite the complete Machiavellian villains. They almost had me rooting for them at times. All these elements of an engaging plot are then tied together expertly by Flewelling's fluent, evocative writing style (which is markedly absent in many genre writers).

People seeking literary/educational merits in the genre will also find ample food for thought in these books. Issues of homosexuality/transsexuality, identity, power, political rights, prejudice, acceptance etc are central to the story.
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I had the first of these books for over a year before I could
bear to pick it up. The birth scene of Bone Doll's Twin had me
shaking for a lot longer than I had thought possible, I had just
had a little girl of my own the month before it was published and
even though I have been an avid reader of Ms. Flewelling from the beginning I just couldn't do it... Good thing too, since once I did get past the inital shock of it all, I swallowed up both Bone Doll's Twin and the Hidden Warrior within a 7 day period. Hidden Warrior suits me better than Bone Doll's Twin, but only because it feels more like Lynn's writing, the one big gripe that I have is that she seems to be falling into the old rut that if you are bad, you are very very bad and if you are good, well then you have to win. I love the evolution her work has taken and I can't wait to see where she takes the characters I have come to know and love so well.
The struggle that Tobin/Tamir has with his/her inner fears is remarkably realistic for a fantasy character, but then I expected no less from Ms. Flewelling than a wonderful read with
characters who for the most part we really care about.
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I have one major complaint about this book, and that is that I didn't have a chance to read it sooner!
The strengths of Lynn Flewelling's writing are in her unique characterizations, unusual systems of magic and her unflinching pursuit of story. The Bone Doll's Twin left me amazed with the growth in her story telling abilities. That is not to say that I was dissatisfied with any of her earlier books, only that she continues to hone her skills as a writer. This sequel to Bone Doll, Hidden Warrior, plunges us immediately back into her world and her tale. I was very pleased with how quickly I re-entered that world, with no need to look back at the earlier book to refresh my memory as to who someone was or what their motivation was; her characters and plot had remained that strong within my memory.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes their fantasy with a streak of dark magic and ambition to it, and who doesn't quail at where that ambition can lead even the 'good' characters. It is also a good read for readers who want things to actually happen in the middle book of a trilogy, rather than for characters to simply mark time.
In too many fantasy books these days, the minor characters seem to be created for the convenience of the lead character, with no motivations or lives of their own. This is certainly not the case in Hidden Warrior. Because the lesser characters have their own concerns and lives, and because their aspirations are not always in tune with the main character, the plot is not predictable nor staid.

Also, to put it in the vernacular, Flewelling retains the ability, first demonstrated in the Bone Doll's Twin, to plain old creep me out. This book was enough to take my mild phobia of dollies and raise it to an all new high.
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