- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446606235
- ISBN-13: 978-0446606233
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,826,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Barbed Coil Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1999
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On Earth, the Barbed Coil is a ring that transports Tessa McCamfrey to another world. After Tessa appears in the city of Bay'Zell, she quickly meets up with a mercenary named Ravis, who takes her under his wing just in time for the pair to be drafted by Camron of Thorn. Camron is bent on defeating the mad king, who is being controlled by a larger version of the Coil. And Tessa's newly discovered gift for magical illuminations might be the best weapon in the fight. J. V. Jones, one of fantasy's hottest new authors, provides plenty of action in The Barbed Coil. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Doorstopper new fantasy from the author of the Book of Words trilogy (Master and Fool, 1996, etc.). Tinnitus sufferer Tessa McCamfrey finds a remarkable barbed ring. When she puts it on, its points pierce her finger--and the pain transports her to another world. Here, Tessa will meet new people and enjoy various adventures involving the cruel and insanely ambitious King Izgard of Garizon: He wears a magic crown, the Barbed Coil--a larger version of Tessa's ring!--that helps its wearer win wars. In this world, too, illustrations--complex illuminations like those of medieval manuscripts--exert magic effects. Amid various subplots, the old scribe Ederius paints illustrations that transform Izgard's harras troops into relentless beast-warriors. Fortunately, Tessa's own scribing talents help counteract Ederius. Both crown and ring, she learns, are ``ephemera,'' magical objects that tumble in and out of reality. An ancient and mighty illumination binds the crown, preventing it from falling away into another world. So, somehow, Tessa must scribe an even mightier unbinding illumination to free the Coil and allow it to vanish, thus frustrating Izgard's dreams of conquest. Sparkling ideas embedded in vast swathes of conventionally inflated mediocrity: Fans of the previous trilogy should feel right at home. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have to say that Tess adjusted supremely well to her displacement from Earth, though, but while her lack of angst and relocation anxiety might be a problem for some, it didn't actually bother me all that much.
Also, the fight scenes in the book have made me look at battle-scenes from a very different perspective... JV Jones has done her research very well, and the employment of strategy, battle tactics, and sheer descriptive clarity can make one almost smell the carnage.
The Illumination - well, I've learned more about parchment-making and pigment-mixing than might be employed in my day-to-day existence, but hey, if I ever need a change of career, I think I'd be able to do scripts quite well (provided that actually DRAWING anything is not a basic requirement!). Actually, even though I was so involved in all aspects of the book, the description of the requirements for the illuminations and the magic surrounding the use thereof gripped me the most.
I could not put 'The Barbed Coil' down, and spent an entire day reading it the first time, so I would heartily recommend it. Don't approach it with preconceived notions of fantasy and what defines it - read it with an open mind and an open heart, and you will seriously gain great pleasure from it!!
I doubt this story is traditional, perhaps traditional aspects still live in this story but it is twisted in many many ways, enough to keep you mystified and even surprised. But for all its twists everything flows and makes perfect sence in such a way that you can't imagine it in any other way.
The villian in this story is unforgettable, unlike many of the card-board villians who don't make any sence, this villian's motives, aims and character is perfectly clear to the reader, not only that, he doesn't repeat what many villians before him has done and said.
On the whole, you cannot find a better book.
I found the use of illuminations as a conduit for magic to be truly fascinating and a very clever idea. As for Tessa's hasty acceptance of her transition from her world to another, I actually appreciated this. Nothing bores me more than page after page of a transplanted character in such situations droning on about "This isn't happening to me" and "I can't believe this, I must be dreaming" etc. etc. Zzzzzzzzzzzz....
It is true, however, that this novel could have had a couple of hundred pages shaved off it in the course of editing , but over-all this work isn't half bad. An interesting and diverting read.
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Well Jones' writes exellent, I won't argue that, and this book is also very well written, but even though it just lacks something.Read more