Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky #2) by Elizabeth Bear
- Method of Obtaining: I received an advance copy from the publisher.
- Published by: Tor
- Release Date: 3.19.2013
The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.
Elizabeth Bear is an astonishing writer, whose prose draws you into strange and wonderful worlds, and makes you care deeply about the people and the stories she tells. The world of The Eternal Sky is broadly and deeply created—her award-nominated novella, “Bone and Jewel Creatures” is also set there.
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Picking up where Range of Ghosts left off, Elizabeth Bear dives right in with Shattered Pillars – action and strange names galore. Having just finished the first book of this series, I felt somewhat prepared and even more so, excited to see where the adventure would lead.
The development of Edene in this book is one of the most important storylines, I think. But in spite of its importance, it reminds me a lot of the storyline of a certain dragon lady in George R.R. Martin’s popular series. No, Edene is not surrounded by dragons, nor is she a hot, blonde HBO actress. What I mean is that when I read GRRMs books, I knew there was something important going on in that thread of the story, but I just didn’t care enough to figure it out. Then, when I started to watch the HBO series by the same name – I got it. I just needed to see it brought to life. I think the same applies to Edene. From what I understand of what is going on, there’s a lot of gross stuff happening around her and it’s strange and confusing and I have a hard time caring (other than how it affects Temur). But I know it’s important, so be sure to pay attention to that story…I know I forced myself to.
Now…Temur, I have no problem paying attention to. I love the story there and really am enjoying the exploration of the world through the various religious practices and especially the way the world is set up. There’s action, adventure, questing, and politics all happening in a setting that is the most exotic setting I have been exposed to.
Really looking forward to seeing how this series wraps up. If you are looking for a complex story to satisfy your cravings until the next “big” book comes out, I do recommend you look into this one.
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