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Hidden Warrior Paperback – Jul 3 2003

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  • 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  See all reviews (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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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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By nightwwolf on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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