The Blackgod (Chosen of the Changeling Series)

The Blackgod (Chosen of the Changeling Series)

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by J. Gregory Keyes, J. Gregory Keyes, Greg Keyes
     
 

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A mythic tale of magic, passion, and primal power.

In the rich and tragic world beyond the River, magic springs from the elements--and danger, fear, and friendship each wait to claim their place in the grand design of life . . .

Everywhere the River God touched, he ruled. But the world beyond his reach was a dangerous riot of gods, ghosts, and strange spirits.

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A mythic tale of magic, passion, and primal power.

In the rich and tragic world beyond the River, magic springs from the elements--and danger, fear, and friendship each wait to claim their place in the grand design of life . . .

Everywhere the River God touched, he ruled. But the world beyond his reach was a dangerous riot of gods, ghosts, and strange spirits. And in that ominous otherworld, Hezhi--the River's own daughter--fought to master the magic that was her birthright. Spurned, the River bent all his might and slumbrous cunning to the task of reclaiming his wayward child.

Only the Blackgod saw a way for Hezhi to defeat the River once and for all.

But the Blackgod was a creature of mystery and--perhaps--of limitless duplicity. To trust him might be the most perilous choice young Hezhi could make . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Keyes's epic sequel to The Waterborn unfolds in an animistic world of elemental nature gods and of humans and part-humans generally at war. Although filled with fantastic action, the novel is extraordinary for the force and originality of its descriptions of internal impressions. Keyes's writing is impeded near the beginning by massive references to the prequel, and the dissonance between his world's animism and our own rational worldview draws Keyes into tenuous theologizing here and there. But the dramatic flow is prodigious. Hezhi, the pubescent Nholish princess marked for horrific transformation by her lineage to the River, first hides from the River among the horse-worshipping plains folk, the Mang; then, assisted by shaman Brother Horse to evoke and control her own shamanic power, she seeks to confront the River at its source. Meanwhile, Hezhi's would-be lover and failed assassin, now a horrid undead creature named Ghe-a wonderful, Dostoyevskian character, at once repelling and touching-tracks her into the mountains at the River's bidding. The ancient priesthood of Nhol and its imperial rulers become caught in a strange, many-sided power struggle over Hezhi's fate. Dreams and visions turn into tools of war, and tribal conflicts complicate matters. The resolution of the many strands, though exciting, is vitiated by a sense of random invention. Still, Keyes's mastery of the internal lives of his characters and his artful, theatrical shifts of point of view give this huge tale an intimate feel, although remote, chthonic forces are everywhere at work.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Keyes's epic sequel to The Waterborn unfolds in an animistic world of elemental nature gods and of humans and part-humans generally at war. Although filled with fantastic action, the novel is extraordinary for the force and originality of its descriptions of internal impressions. Keyes's writing is impeded near the beginning by massive references to the prequel, and the dissonance between his world's animism and our own rational worldview draws Keyes into tenuous theologizing here and there. But the dramatic flow is prodigious. Hezhi, the pubescent Nholish princess marked for horrific transformation by her lineage to the River, first hides from the River among the horse-worshipping plains folk, the Mang; then, assisted by shaman Brother Horse to evoke and control her own shamanic power, she seeks to confront the River at its source. Meanwhile, Hezhi's would-be lover and failed assassin, now a horrid undead creature named Ghea wonderful, Dostoyevskian character, at once repelling and touchingtracks her into the mountains at the River's bidding. The ancient priesthood of Nhol and its imperial rulers become caught in a strange, many-sided power struggle over Hezhi's fate. Dreams and visions turn into tools of war, and tribal conflicts complicate matters. The resolution of the many strands, though exciting, is vitiated by a sense of random invention. Still, Keyes's mastery of the internal lives of his characters and his artful, theatrical shifts of point of view give this huge tale an intimate feel, although remote, chthonic forces are everywhere at work. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this sequel to The Waterborn (LJ 6/15/96) Hezhi, the daughter of the powerful River that flows throughout the land, escapes from the imperial palace in Nhol and her destiny to join with the River. Hiding among the Mang horsemen with her bodyguard, Hezhi must learn to wield her waterborn power. Blackgod, the Raven, reveals how she can defeat the River with the help of Perkar, a cattleman, by traveling to the headwaters in the mountains. Enriched by spiritualism, mystery, and cultural detail, this fantasy belongs in most collections.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345418807
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Chosen of the Changeling Series, #2
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

J. Gregory Keyes is a teacher at the University of Georgia and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the anthropology of belief systems and mythology. He was born in Mississippi and raised there and on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. He is the author of The Waterborn.

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