Shaman's Crossing

Shaman's Crossing

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Serving his king during a time of expansion, nobleman's son Nevare Burvelle finds his career compromised by prejudice at the King's Cavalry Academy and the discovery that he is being rendered a pawn by the magical plains folk.

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Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's Cavella Academy—and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates—before joining the King of Gernia's brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king's tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted—a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle's soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.



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& Taylor

Serving his king during a time of realm expansion, nobleman's son Nevare Burvelle finds his promising career compromised by unexpected prejudice at the King's Cavalry Academy and the discovery that he is being rendered a pawn by the magical plains folk.
Serving his king during a time of realm expansion, nobleman's son Nevare Burvelle finds his promising career compromised by unexpected prejudice at the King's Cavalry Academy and the discovery that he is being rendered a pawn by the magical plains folk. By the author of the Farseer and Tawny Man series. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins : Eos, 2005
ISBN: 9780060758288
0060758287
9780060757625
0060757620
Characteristics: 577 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Eosos
Dec 07, 2016

Hmmm, I should have liked this more than 3 star. It was a great read but by the time I got about halfway I was tired of Nevare and the misogynist society he is a product of. I wonder if it's just my mood but maybe I've just moved on from this style of story, the young man who has a life plan and the magic that changes him, with or without his approval. Am I getting too old to like these teenage protagonists?? Because all I keep thinking is that they need to grow up and stop being so pig headed, kind of like the attitude I'm developing in real life.

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Salubri
May 31, 2016

I absolutely loved the other books I've read by Robin Hobb -The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy and the four volume tale, The Rain Wilds Chronicles. However this, the first of The Soldier Son Trilogy, lacked in excitement for me. There was one section where it started to get more exciting before it fell back into feeling like reading someone's mundane diary... That is until it picked up some again in the last quarter of the book. In typical Hobb style the characters were well fleshed out, and you'll be drawn into wanting to know what will happen to them. Take some advice from me though, before you're turned off trying the more beautiful smorgasbord this writer has to offer, read the other sets I've mentioned first! I also recommend reading them in the order I've listed them. You'll be glad you did!

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happycanuck
Apr 23, 2014

Disappointing in comparison to her other trilogies. The book had interesting parts but also parts that really dragged. The main character was a model "exemplary" person to an often tedious degree. The supernatural aspects went too far into fantasy land.

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Sacredchild
Sep 04, 2010

A rather enjoyable book, I would suggest it to my friends. Though this trilogy is written by the same person as the Farseer Trilogy the story itself has a different feel to it. It also shows a mans efforts to better himself and shoulder the burdens which life has flung upon him. The characters are realistic, neither truly good nor truly evil, showing growth and understanding as time passes by.

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erigami
Dec 06, 2009

Meh-worthy. Not as interesting as the Assassins Apprentice series.

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darkpedal
May 08, 2007

A very unique main character, especially for genre fiction. Hobb is always great at character development and this middle book of her latest series doesn't disappoint.

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