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From Barnes & NobleAvailable in paperback, this fantasy collaboration is a World Fantasy Award nominee, and with reason; it's quite possibly the best fantasy collaboration I've read to date. Collaborations these days are fraught with reader-peril, and many of them often offer far less than the sum of their combined (or at least billed) talents. Not so with the world of Tira Virte. From the outset, with the creation of Saavedra and Sario, two impassioned artists in a world where art is magic, Tira Virte resonates with the sense of history and place that make a fantasy world real. The book itself is written in three sections, during three different historic periods of the Duchy of Tira Virte and its artists, but the story that starts in the first section finishes in the last, giving the book a sense of resolution and structural unity; it's not quite a novel, but it's not three separate unrelated chunks either. There's a detail and a richness here that, while it doesn't make for fast reading, makes for fine reading.