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In far off Sacramante, the artisans who are patronised by the upper echelons of Bochanegran society, live in isolated atelier courts. The...
In far off Sacramante, the artisans who are patronised by the upper echelons of Bochanegran society, live in isolated atelier courts. The public may watch performances at chosen times, but only the patron families have constant access to the astounding creations of the eloim artists. The eloim themselves are more than content to remain a race apart, for so they are, and if the majority were to know their true nature, their lives would be forfeit. After eons of contented cohabitation, a phenomenon known as the Fear is beginning to infect the eloim, who have previously considered themselves free from the petty psychological problems of humanity. They have been virtually immortal - thanks to the protection of the patrons, who exchange their life's blood for culture - but now the artisans are beginning to die in despair.
Gimel and Beth Metatronim, an actress and a painter, set out to find a Tappish soulscaper, who will be proficient enough to enter the racial soulscape of the eloim, track down the cause of the Fear and eradicate it.
The soulscape of their choice, Rayojini, is puzzled that her guardian pursuers should be so much more real than those of other soulscapers. Then, as she delves deeper into the cause of the terrible 'non-death', a mysterious affliction akin to the Fear, their attentions become unavoidable.
Posted January 8, 2002
After begging everybody in my family to buy me Storm Constantine books for Christmas, I was very pleased that my mother had hunted down this hard-to-find U.K. paperback, although I was rather annoyed when she asked me why I was always so interested in these 'weird vampire writers' (I have a fondness for Anne Rice, although I'm much more critical now that I used to be.) Despite not having read it, not knowing anyone else who had, and not finding a single review on online, I told my mother that I was sure this book would be very different from any Anne Rice book. As it turns out, I was right about that, and I also found this book to be one of the most absorbing, creative novels I've read in ages (not counting the six other Storm Constantine books I've read in the past year, of course). ***** While I was still in the midst of reading this book, somebody asked me what it was about. At that time, I found it hard to lay out the plot in a straightforward fashion, but I think now that I've read through it all, I can give the set-up in way that outlines the essential story without giving away the way that drama plays out. ***** Burying the Shadow is a book that involves two major storylines intertwining and finally, at the conclusion of the story, colliding. The story is told by two female narrators who alternate their accounts (not switching off every chapter, but very nearly) and together give the novel an narrative style wherein the reader often knows more about what's going on the than do the characters themselves. ***** The first narrator is Gimel Metetronim, an 'artisan' in the city of Sacramante, part of a vast, fantastic mystical world Storm creates as a stand-in / alternature universe for Earth. The 'artisans' live in an isolated quarter of the city while gaining fame among the human populace, gifting them with their plays, music, poetry, paintings and other creative endeavors. All the artisans' work is sponsored by patron families, who, as it turns out, pay for this artwork with more their money -- they pay with their blood. This is because the artisans don't just *seem* otherworldly, but actually *are*, for they are the eloim, a race of human-seeming but immortal blooddrinkers who came from another world and now live on earth, surviving through a symbiotic relationshp with the patron families. ***** Although Sacramante is widely renowned for its arts scene, the intimate relationship between the eloim and the human families is a tightly held secret, with family members accepting and welcoming the 'sup' (small drinks that do not kill), eloim using human servants (who'se lives can be extended via bloodsharing), and offerings of willing sacrificial victims, including children. This is the way it has been for centuries, only now, after such a long period of stability, the situation in Sacramante has begun to change, become unbalanced. There is a sickness among the eloim/'artisans,' with a rash of suicides, unheard of among the immortal race. There is debate as to the cause of this sickness, but finally Gimel and her brother (yes, brother) Beth decide they can't wait for answer to fall from the sky or be delivered by the Parzupheim, the body of ancients who govern the eloim world. They go in search of a 'soulscaper,' a highly specialized professional trained to enter the subconscious and repair the soulscape, the inner mind and spirit found in all individuals and tied to both mind and body. (Those readers familiar with the study of archetypes, Carl Jung, dreams, etc., will find this fascinating.) ***** The second narrative is delivered by of Rayojini the soulscaper, whose story intersects with that of the eloim. As the story begins Rayojini is a human girl, a daughter of a soulscraper, living in the fantastical petrified forest city of Taparak, home of the soulscapers and their art. Through a sacred cememony involving the specialized scrying fumes (needed to enter the subconscious world), Rayojini is in
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This is where you post what your wolf looks like and personality/power. Heres mine. Vision: Vision is a gray and ginger male wolf with amber eyes. He is able to see visions of the future, thus his name Vision. He is kind and fair, and rarely ever gives punishment, but he is still very strict when it comes to the rules. He was made run of as an elite because he never got in trouble and followed the rules. It payed off when he was announce beta, and eventually alpha.~VisionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.