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Twelve Treasures 02 Cup Of Morning Shadow Mass Market Paperback – Dec 7 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (Dec 7 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886776716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886776718
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,437,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Barb Caffrey on Jan. 23 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Cup of Morning Shadows" continues the story set up in "The Sword of Maiden's Tears." At the end of "Tears," Ruth Marlowe, student librarian and the soulmate of Elf Rohannon Melior, has sent Melior back to his own realm alone. "Shadows" picks up her story some time later, when Ruth has graduated and gotten a job in an upstate New York library. This particular library has only one claim to fame; every so often, a member of the staff disappears from the face of the Earth.
And that's what happens to Ruth, too, when she goes to answer an alarm on a holiday. She and her boss, Nicholas Brightlaw, end up being transported to Melior's realm, Chandrakar -- but Melior didn't call them, and he knows nothing about them being there. Which means both Ruth and Nic are in deadly peril from the start in a strange land; the only advantage they have is that, perhaps due to the translation, they understand and can speak the local language.
Ruth meets up with Fox, formerly known as Philip LeStrange -- he, too, had been transported unwittingly to Chandrakar a few years earlier than Ruth from the same library. Fox is embittered, as humans are treated lower than dirt by most.
Then, along the way, Ruth meets up with Jauressande, an Elf woman who's related to Melior. But Jauressande can barely stand the sight of Ruth (she views Ruth's love for Melior as an abomination) and absolutely hates Fox, as Fox has raised the humans in the countryside to rebel against their Elven overlords.
The Cup of Morning Shadows is the object Jauressande must have at the Elven conclave, but it's been stolen, and she's in trouble.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book continues the story of Ruth Marlowe and Rohannan Melior begun in "The Sword of Maiden's Tears", and expands it nicely. Ruth finds a portal into Melior's world and enters it, searching for the missing part of her soul which is magically bound into the Sword of Maiden's Tears, and also, the love of her life, Melior.
This time the setting is in Melior's world, and we learn that all is not sweetness and light there. New characters are introduced and are better developed than those in the first book. Familiar characters from the first book are expanded. The whole setting seems to have been better thought out, or else I just found it more interesting than the rather claustrophobic Columbia University setting in the first book.
A warning though: if you buy this book, search out and buy the third in the series, "The Cloak of Night and Daggers", if you want to know what happens, because this book has a cliffhanger ending
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By A Customer on Sept. 7 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I throughly enjoyed most of this unexpected sequel to The Sword Of Maiden's Tears. Ruth Marlow, a rather timorous and unheroic protagonist, has so much in common with the less confident everywoman of this world, but somehow she is able to cope with the challenging conditions thrust on her. I also rather enjoyed Nick - a most unconventional "knight on a white horse" and agree with the previous review - just who or what was the cat/house? And there in lies my main complaint - If you are one who dislikes cliffhangers, add this book to the list that should include a "WARNING: incomplete story line - additional volumes required for plot completion" label. Other than that - a good read.
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By A Customer on Jan. 19 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really love this book. I like Jaus, Fox, the Firedrake, Nic, and everyone else. After reading the first one, this was like a refreshing trip back through the wardrobe (subway tunnel, bookshelf . . .). The only problem I had, and it is only a personal one, is how depressed and disillsioned I was about the Lands Beyound the Morning after I got to the end. I wasn't happy again unitl I finshed the third book.
I loaned this book to a friend, and she said she would like to tear a peice out of the Fox herself, but wouldn't we all?
Well written, engrossing, realistic, amusing, fantastic, and just plain a great read!
Warning- Have the next book close at hand as you finish this one!
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