Bound in Blood (Kencyrath Series #5)

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First Time in Mass Market Paperback. The Long-Awaited Fifth Novel in the Acclaimed Fantasy Adventure Series.

When Jame returned to Knorth hall to help her brother Torisen name all the fallen fighters’ death banners stored there, she made the disturbing discovery that those banners splattered with their owners’ blood also have trapped their owners’ souls. She also found a contract proving her cousin Kindrie to be legitimate, proving that there are three full-blooded Knorth. Three...

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Overview

First Time in Mass Market Paperback. The Long-Awaited Fifth Novel in the Acclaimed Fantasy Adventure Series.

When Jame returned to Knorth hall to help her brother Torisen name all the fallen fighters’ death banners stored there, she made the disturbing discovery that those banners splattered with their owners’ blood also have trapped their owners’ souls. She also found a contract proving her cousin Kindrie to be legitimate, proving that there are three full-blooded Knorth. Three full-blooded Knorth means that the Three-Faced God can be manifested—something that none of the three are likely to want to do, if they have any choice in the matter. .

Returning with this unwelcome knowledge to school at Tentir, Jame continued to dodge the attentions of an unwanted admirer, strengthen her link to her feline hunting ounce, work with the rathorn colt Death’s-head to insure that it doesn’t resume its attempts to kill her, and, of course, kept causing plenty of unintended havoc. She also had to help fight off attacks from hillmen, repel a stampede of yarkcarn (think warthogs the size of mammoths), fight in the Winter War (a mock conflict—or, at least, that’s how it was supposed to be), and solve the mystery behind the death of her evil uncle, who somehow is still spectrally manifesting himself in nasty ways.

No doubt about it—Jame is back, and with a vengeance, as the popular and critically-praised fantasy adventure series continues.

"P.C. Hodgell writes the most strikingly weird and wonderful stories in epic fantasy today."—Charles Stross

“Hodgell has crafted an excellent and intricate fantasy with humor and tragedy, and a capable and charming female hero. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439134238
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Kencyrath Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,375,997
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Hodgell can't remember a time when she wasn't passionately interested in science fiction and fantasy. She's sold stories to such anthologies as Berkley Showcase, Elsewhere III, and Imaginary Lands and has also published four novels. God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, the novels included in The God Stalker Chronicles, begin her critically praised fantasy saga which is concerned not! only with high adventure, but also with questions of personal identity, religion, politics, honor, and arboreal drift. She earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, and is a graduate of both the Clarion and the Milford Writers Workshops. Recently retired, she was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in modern British literature and composition, and teaches an distant training course on science fiction and fantasy for the University of Minnesota. Pat lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in a nineteenth-century wood-framed house, which has been in her family for generations. In addition to writing and teaching, she attends science fiction conventions, collects yarn, knits, embroiders, raises cats, and makes her own Christmas cards.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    fascinating character driven thriller

    In 120 at Knorth Hall, twins Jame and Torisen as the lords of the Kencyrath honor their fallen comrades by naming those warriors whose blood splattered on the sacred banners. These fallen comrades deserve the best, however, Jame is aghast when she realizes more than just blood is on the death banners. The souls of these intrepid fighters are trapped inside the banners honoring them.

    While working on how to liberate the fallen, she finds proof that her cousin Kindrie is, like her and her brother, a full-blooded Knorth. This is a two edged sword in her mind as she welcomes him as her family equal, but the implications are they can manifest the Three-Faced God, a deity who abandoned the Kencyrath to their fate after a betrayal several thousand years ago. Confused with what to do on any front, Jame returns to Randon College near Tentir to continue her studies, determine the best courses of action and avoid causing unintentional consequences. She also worries that her evil uncle somehow still lurks in the shadows and even more hates being in charge, which seems much more difficult than surviving and going at it with responsibility for just yourself.

    The latest Kencyrath thriller is an intriguing tale although for the most part the overarching plot does not move forward much. Jame struggles with expectations of others as the once heroic action figure finds it rather difficult to accept the leadership mantle; she now accounts for others including creatures who have tried to kill her. The subplots of Tori (who struggles with living up to the reputation of his twin especially when in Tentir many mistake him for her) and Kindrie (beyond Jame learning he makes the triad possible) barely budge. Although it helps to have read the previous Seekers' entries, Bound in Blood is a fascinating character study as Jame the courageous heroine must switch from warrior to leader.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Enjoyable continuation of the story...

    Disregard the terrible cover art ...the book is worth your time. Plan on reading the next few if you want any resolution!

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    VERY GOOD

    THE BEST WRITER I HAVE KNOWN

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    good read!!!!

    loved it can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    Why isn't this a bestselling series?

    As I peruse the fantasy shelves of my local bookstores with their endless Tolkien knock-offs, I can't help but sigh. Each volume in Hodgell's Kencyrath series offers new glimpses of a world that is rich, strange and often unique. There are great characters, a likeable heroine, a varied supporting cast plus a great mix of adventure, drama and just the right amount of humor.

    "Bound in Blood" continues Jame's adventures (more often mis-adventures) at Tentir, an elite military college. In this outing, Jame unravels more mysteries surrounding the dead-but-not-gone among the native population and her own people.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    Drama, drama, drama

    First off, may I say that the covers for almost all of P.C. Hodgell's book are puzzling at best and silly at worst. This is possibly the worst depiction on Jame ever! She's got quite a rack for someone frequently mistaken for a boy. That being said, I really enjoy this series and wish she would write faster (the suspense is killing me!). If you have been waiting for some big revelations, eh, not so much in this one. Kindrie's unique position is revealed with some long-lost documentation, and we find out more about Torisen's mental conflicts. Inching ever closer to the final conflict, this book definitely keeps you waiting anxiously for the next!

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