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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.See all Product Description
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. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2010 by Mari Kath
I was looking for a book to read, and picked this one up, with a Robin Hobb recommendation on the front cover. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Gwen Le
Many think that fantasy can't be literature, but this fascinating sequel to the excellent 'The Bone Doll's Twin' proves that it can. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Brenopa
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! Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by PaganDeva2000
I have one major complaint about this book, and that is that I didn't have a chance to read it sooner! Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003 by Megan Lindholm
This book is a great follow-up to The Bone Doll's Twin. I was worried about how the author would handle the transition of the main character from boy to girl, but it totally... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by An Old Geographer
Not as good as the first. The book could have had 100 or so pages shaved off and been a much tighter and more interesting book. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by Amazon Customer