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"Melanie Rawn returns to her rich high fantasy world in Thornlost, the sequel to Touchstone and Elsewhens. Cayden is part Elf, part Fae, part human Wizard--and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high-society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he's good, very good. He's a tregetour--a wizard who is both playwright and magicwielder. It is Cade's power that creates the magic, but a tregetour is useless without a glisker--an elf who can spin out the magic onto the stage, to enchant the audience. And Cade's glisker, Mieka, is something special too. So is their fettler, Rafe, who controls the magic and keeps them and the audience safe. And their masker, Jeska, who speaks all the lines, is every young girl's dream. They are reaching for the highest reaches of society and power, but not the way Cade's mother thinks they should. They'll change their world, or die trying"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2014
ISBN: 9780765328786
Branch Call Number: SF RAWN MELANIE
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 30, 2014

While Rawn continues the development of her characters here, both primary and secondary, some of the conflicts begin to repeat and I expected more synthesis and less rehash. Thorn use continues to cause problems and the same nemeses (nemesises?) plague Touchstone. I feared that Rawn might be falling into the trap of extending a story beyond a trilogy, which has often proved a disappointment in sci-fi and fantasy. Instead she goes into whirlwind tempo for the last 40 pages, mostly in elsewhen mode. I found it confusing and unsatisfying, although the author does come down on thorn use as bad (finally). Many plot threads are left unraveled and stories the reader has invested time in just drift off in the fog. Maybe that is her point, life is not a story. The first book was the best in this trilogy.


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