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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (July 3 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0732277124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732277123
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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The characters grow and develop before your eyes. Too often fiction in this genre relies on action with only thin characterization to drive the plot forward. Not this series. Lynn Flewelling is definitely a new favorite.
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By Gwen Le on April 17 2004
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I was looking for a book to read, and picked this one up, with a Robin Hobb recommendation on the front cover. Being a fan of Robin Hobb, I thought, "Why not", and bought the book. (Yes I know it's silly to read the second book of a series but I couldn't find "The Bone Doll's Twin" in the bookstore.)
Anyway, I started reading and didn't stop till I finished it a day later. Extremely engaging, giving new vitality into the 'girl disguised as a boy' routine. King Erius and Korin are not shown as evil, 2D characters, but are as equally charismatic as the book's protagonists.
An excellent book, with an original, well-thought out world, reminiscent of Grecian culture...Thoroughly recommended!
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By "vihn" on March 7 2004
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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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Many think that fantasy can't be literature, but this fascinating sequel to the excellent 'The Bone Doll's Twin' proves that it can. I was actually moved to tears several times in this book, as when Tamir examines the belongings of her dead parents. Or when the stunning revelation is made to her dearest friend, and he cannot bear the sight. Dark, moody, and just gorgeous in every way, I am desperate for the final volume. Lynn Flewelling is a standout author in a field crowded with mediocrity.
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The only complaint that I have is that the next volume is not already written, published, and in my hands! The characters reach out to you, and you cannot put the book down! I finished it within 36 hours. I am sure that I irritated my supervisors, for reading on the job, and my paper that was due for class was written in the 11th hour, but it was worth each page I read!
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By nightwwolf on Jan. 8 2004
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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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By KTB on Nov. 21 2003
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I got this book for free at a convention and, upon reading the back description, thought it would be very interesting to read about a boy who has to come to terms with the fact that she's a girl in a fantasy/warrior setting. Perhaps this book does that well, I never stuck around to find out.
A reviewer for The Bone Doll's Twin commented on the fact that nowhere on the book did it say that it was Book 1 of a trilogy. So, he expected to read a full book and got only part one. This book suffers from a similar lack. I don't usually read the inside cover a book, it's just reviews and such. That is the ONLY place I could find that mentioned this might not be a stand-alone book. Thus, when I started reading and all the action was in media res, I thought the author was crazy.
I read six chapters before finally giving up and putting it down. This book starts off right where the last book leaves off, apparently, with only a few little flashbacks to connect them. Thus, I thought that there had been some terrible mistake and I was missing the first three chapters of the novel somehow. It wasn't until coming here to Amazon.com that I discovered it was Book 2. Then things started making sense.
This isn't likely to be a book that one can just pick up and read without having read the first. That's fine, I suppose, but if it's going to be that way, the publisher should make it a lot clearer that this is part of a 3 book thing. I get the feeling that they're trying to trick readers into buying the books. I could be wrong.
In any case, I won't be finishing it. I have no desire to read the Bone Doll's Twin, especially given some of the reviews of it.
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