The Bone Doll's Twin Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2 2001
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Young Tobin had the misfortune of being born female in perilous times, in which high-born females of all ages are being murdered by order of the king, to ensure his son's succession to the throne. Years earlier, King Elrius usurped his sister's rightful claim to the throne--an act that abrogated the divine protections set over his people, bringing plague and war to the land. There are those who would see the divine prophecies honored, however, and a warrior queen restored to the throne. So Tobin is disguised by means of dark magic that conceals her true gender with that of her twin brother, who was killed at birth, but not fast enough. He drew a single breath, which was enough to keep his soul earthbound and horribly angry. Tobin will indeed be queen, but only if she can be protected until adulthood from her insane mother, her demonic brother, and every evil wizard in the land. This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful. Paula Luedtke
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“This terrific tale is dark and exciting, and the magic in it is truly wonderful ... A magnificent epic.”
“A gripping tale of magic with an unusual form of sex change for added interest. Left me eager for more.”
“A thoroughly engrossing new fantasy. It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn’t let go.”
— George R.R. Martin
“A relentless tale that examines whether the ends can ever completely justify the means.”
— Robin Hobb
“Fresh and original ... Books like this are too good not to share.”
— Katherine Kurtz
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the story itself, it *is* a coming of age story, but while some might find Tobin's "meekness" to be irritating, I found it very sweet and realistic. The way I would imagine reacting to things if I were a child. I found the character progression to be well-paced, considering this is the first book of a trilogy, and thought the main characters-Tobin, Ki, Arkoniel, Lhel, Tharin-to be interesting in each their own way. Some I liked more than others, and for reasons that went unsaid in the book itself. The stuff you had to think about.
I think the fact that by the end of the book, I was chomping at the bit and went out to buy the second novel that day says something.
If you are looking for an action-packed read, this is not the book for you... but if you're more a fan of character development, dark undertones in plot, and a touch of the macabre, I'd say pick it up.
Very interesting fantasy that borders on dark fantasy. I loved Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series so I ran out and bought this one as soon as it came out. Then I stupidly let this gem of a book sit on my bookshelf for two years. Normally when a character in a fantasy novel is a child I'm bored to tears until they grow up but that wasn't the case with Tobin. I adored him and a lot of the other characters, although not quite as much as the Nightruner characters. However, I do think this book is a much more fluid read than the Nightrunner books. Anyway, this book is highly recommended even if you haven't read any of the author's previous work.
The writing, is as always, very good, with the quality of voice that make you think Flewelling has been in the forests and travelled the roads she describes. There are some images that I still find stuck in my head, even after reading this book only once. And there is a lot in this one installment; we're taken from Skala's capitol, to the holdings in the woods, and to the mountains to visit an Oracle. And all the places have a texture that makes them easy to see and grasp and hold onto.
After the initial action, the birth and early, early childhood of the main character, which is slightly terrifying, the book got -- I hate to say it -- boring. With a few exceptions, I didn't care. Tobin didn't seem to have a personality so much as personality traits, and he's the main character. Imagine how the rest of the cast fared.
The thing I loved about Flewelling's other books was that she stuck to her plot, and if she failed to do so, I was disappointed. However, this trilogy seems to be taking the opposite extreme, and is just about the story. The characters, their relationships, smaller, cultural, or personal events are of no consequence. And that's what makes writing rich. After I finished the first book of the Nightrunner series, I couldn't get my mind off of it, I needed to have the second one...With The Bone Doll's Twin, I just sort of closed the book, tossed it off to the side, picked up something else.Read more ›
THE BONE DOLL'S TWIN is set in the same world as the Nightrunner series, but far earlier in Skala's history. The small kingdom has enjoyed centuries of peace and safety thanks to divine protection which is maintained by a line of warrior queens. When an ambitious young prince decides to steal his sister's throne, he makes sure all contenders for the crown are eliminated. That means all females in the royal family are murdered. When a young woman married to the King's nephew gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, the children's father takes desperate steps to ensure a return of the divine protection. He brings in an earth-witch to cast dark magic on his daughter, an act that necessitates the death of his son. The girl is magically made to appear male and is raised believing she is a boy.
The girl/boy Tobin must survive much before she can become Queen however. Her mother has gone mad, her twin brother still exists as an angry, bitter ghost, and if anyone should discover that he is really a girl, she would be quickly eliminated.
The book is amazingly original; I've never read anything remotely like it. Lynn Flewelling has proved herself a master at world building and character development and she doesn't let us down in either case with her latest series. Once again, all her characters, both good and bad, are richly developed and complex. The story, while dark and sinister, is enthralling and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
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This was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The strong character-driven plot draws you in from the moment the book begins. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2010 by Mari Kath
This series is a sort of prequel to the author's Night Runners series - I personally enjoyed this series more. Read morePublished on July 6 2009 by I. Mitchell
After reading and loving Lynn's other series, the Nightrunner books, I was a bit wary about taking on this onebut I am glad I did. Read morePublished on March 18 2006
This is one of the best "I picked it up in the grocery store" books I've ever read. After finishing, I immediately ordered all of Lynn Flewelling's books. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by The Feisty Curmudgeon
And believe me I got upset if anyone interrupted me! I even took it to work and read a few chapters there! This book was very well written and the characters grab you. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by R. Richardson
I bought this book because it came with an incredibly high rating, and had several reviews (including one by one of my favorite authors, Robin Hobb) that were well-written,... Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by temiak
I wish that I had more positive things to say. It takes the main character too long to do anything. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
As a whole, I saw this book-to paint a picture-as like a barbell... It's heavy at the beginning, kind of long and mild in the middle, then it gets heavy again at the end. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004