- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: DAW; Auflage: Open market e. (1. Mai 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0886778395
- ISBN-13: 978-0886778392
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,6 x 2,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.246.648 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Quartered Sea (Daw Fantasy Anthology) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 1999
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Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.
I just finished with "The Quartered Sea". Granted it is not as much fun as the "Smoke-novels" but it's hard to top those books after I fell in love with Tony Foster and the humour there.
The concept of bards singing the four quarters: fire, air, earth and water is extremely to my liking. I have an extreme weakness for bards and their kind of magic. As such "The Quartered Sea" definitely feeds on that love.
I don't think I need to delve into the previous three novels, so I'll get straight to the point. The book tells us the story of Benedikt, a young bard that volunteers for a journey into the unknown in order to prove himself worthy to his Queen and the other bards. When is ship wrecks, he is thrown into a completely new world to him, full of political intruiges, servitude and torture and in order to survive, he'll have to learn to adjust. Getting back home to Shkoder seems to be an impossible dream.
Benedikt is a very complicated character. On one hand he's very self-concious, intelligent and gentle, on the other hand he's a bitter young man with that kind of arrogance known to the bards. He's very flawed as many of Huff's characters are. Benedikt doesn't see his accomplishments. The book describes him as the bard who sings the strongest water ever. No, Benedikt seems to only see his own perceived failures. He's known to be the only bard who can't sing air and who can sing only one quarter. It both makes him very likeable, yet you also want to smack him over the head and say "Get over yourself! You might not be perfect but you are great at *what* you do." Tanya Huff uses ship-wreck, the completely new and dangerous surroundings for Benedikt to grow stronger and deal with his own misconceptions. By the end of the story he's not healed entirely but he's learned to acknowledge his own worth.
Another interesting side-story to the novel is Benedikt's encounter with the imperial ex-assassin Bannon and their surprising feelings for each other. Bannon who other than for his twin sister Vree never had any kind of feelings for anyone, and Benedikt whose true love had always been the water kighs and faced with a new world, catches himself every so often with the question of "What would Bannon do?". A secondary plot-line but an interesting one.
Once having finished reading "The Quarted Sea", I thought the ending was left a bit open. I would have liked to have more of a conclusion of the things Benedikt would do once back in Shkoder...and where that relationship with Bannon would lead to after all. I guess I have to use my imagination...not that *that* is a bad thing, mind you.
A very enjoyable book. Definitely 5 stars out of 5!
As he recovers from his ordeal, Benedikt begins to learn the language of the strangers, and figures out that he is being played as pawn between two siblings who are embroiled in a political war for dominance. As the war escalates, and the brother and sister reveal that there are no lengths to which they will not go to win over the other one, Benedikt's very life is in danger. He realizes there is no hope for rescue, because no one knows he has survived. So Benedikt must do what he can to save himself.
Utilizing the only power within his reach, the power to Sing water, the maimed and tortured young man does the only thing he can, he learns a new Song, the most powerful water Song of all, and manages to triumph over all odds.
Tanya Huffs Quarters series is a fascinating creation of a brilliantly talented author. The Quartered Sea may be the best yet. A fantasy which stands alone as the coming of age of a young man who believes himself hopelessly handicapped, but who finally finds his place and triumphs against overwhelming odds, The Quartered Sea is also an excellent fulfillment of the promise of the other Quarters books. This book is an experience not to be missed, whether or not you've read the previous ones.
Rickey R. Mallory
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