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Posted November 21, 2011
Definitely recommend reading this last book in the trilogy.
The book is meeting my expectations, except when I started chapter 3, The Grounding (Spring)-- I couldn't understand how it went with the previous two chapters -- finally at the end of that chapter and at the start of chapter 4, it dawned on me that the author and editors had decided to "Drop" that chapter in that particular spot in the novel. I enjoy this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2011
Wine Makes This World Go Around
The Shattered Vine by Laura Anne Gilman Jerzy, the apprentice Vineart, accepts the changes the magic has made in him and realizes the needs his friends have met. The rogue Vineart makes his move to control the known world. His despicable brand of magic has successfully created chaos in his major foes. Jerzy and his small band are the only obstacle in his insidious way. Strange bedfellows perhaps best describe this third book in a marvelous trilogy. Ms. Gilman has portrayed a very stratified society where everyone knows their place and contentedly remains in that place. This final book shows that no matter how it turns out, society's stratification and stagnation is going to end. Jerzy struggles with his growing power and fights the lure of maniacal magic. In spite of the way things have always been, he also has the dawning awareness that companions and their accompanying loyalty not only improve his chances for success but alleviate his loneliness. The series wraps up in a very satisfying manner with the loose ends tied off and the main characters reunited. I was more than impressed with how Ms. Gilman grew the character of Jerzy and how she so thoroughly crafted a way of life centered around vineyards, grapes and magic. I have, on occasion, found a magical Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio none of which have imbued me with a more than temporary euphoria. They certainly didn't fuel the imaginative creativity of a society based on the grape. I strongly recommend the book and I highly recommend the entire series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2011
A spellbinding magical saga
In the Lands Vin, the Vinarts create and shape the magic into wine to sell the spells to those who want it. They are isolated remaining on their lands and cannot interfere with the political structure. The land-lords protect humanity and the vinelands because they want to benefit from the magical spells. The Washers have the power to insure everyone adheres to the god Sim-Wander's laws. Those who fail to do so become apostate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After an enemy of the Lands Vin killed his mentor, Jerzy the former apprentice became the newest Vineart. He believes Ximan who is the Exiles' leader is responsible for the subtle dark magic permeating the land, which has led to land-lords fighting one another with a widening schism between the Washers. Though he accepts the evil practitioner tainting the Lands Vins with foulness is more powerful than he will ever be, Jerzy begins a quest to find the source of the taint and neutralize him. Helping Jerzy are Ao the trader, Mahault the intelligent self-exile and Kainam the former heir to an island that is on the brink of magical induced lunacy.
The third Vineart War fantasy (see Flesh And Fire and Weight of Stone) continues the spellbinding magical saga with its unique system as two types of magic battle for supremacy in an exciting good vs. evil scenario. The reluctant hero prefers not to deal with the dark arts but he has no choice as his nation appears heading to destruction if he and his teammates fail. Readers will toast Laura Anne Gilman for her refreshing magic of the vines.
Posted February 10, 2012
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