Kindred Rites

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"...we are all Death's pupils, we practitioners-students of the great healer."

When magic broke free in my blood, I chose to follow our ancient family path and become a practitioner. I'm learning to heal, and to protect innocents. I dip into minds, stalk vampires, and set wards by the light of the moon. I can hear the children of the night calling.

But there are other families...and other paths. Families with ...

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Overview

"...we are all Death's pupils, we practitioners-students of the great healer."

When magic broke free in my blood, I chose to follow our ancient family path and become a practitioner. I'm learning to heal, and to protect innocents. I dip into minds, stalk vampires, and set wards by the light of the moon. I can hear the children of the night calling.

But there are other families...and other paths. Families with twisted ambitions and frightening powers. On the frontier, folk whisper that one clan is the most dangerous of all.

Chief among those dark sorcerers is a man known as the Keeper of Souls.

And now he wants to keep mine.

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"With a clear, distinctive voice, Katharine Kimbriel invents and re-invents magic on America's frontier"
-Jane Yolen, the award-winning author of Briar Rose

"...once in a very great while I find something I wish I'd read thirty years before it was ever published. ... These books do not let you rest."
-Sleeping Hedgehog

"charming...unusual...delightful...definitely worth checking out"
-Locus Magazine

"It is good to see this back--the Alfreda stories are one of the reasons YA is so dynamic today. ...Little House on the Prairie meets Harry Potter, with a dash of Stephen King."
-Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel

"This is one of the best historical dark fantasies I've ever read. ...If you've not read any of Katharine Eliska Kimbriel's books yet, what's stopping you?"
-Shiny Book Review

"...Kimbriel made me almost miss my bus stop at work because I had to read just one more page."
-The Book Pushers

"It's hard to express how much I enjoyed this book. This is all very, very well done. The characters are believable, the setting feels real, and the magic is convincing, with real limitations, rules, and costs. Highly recommended."
-Lis Carey's Library

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Editorial Reviews

award-winning author of Briar Rose - Jane Yolen
"With a clear, distinctive voice, Katharine Kimbriel invents and re-invents magic on America’s frontier"
Locus Magazine - Carolyn Cushman
"charming...unusual...delightful...definitely worth checking out"
author of Crown Duel - Sherwood Smith
"It is good to see this back--the Alfreda stories are one of the reasons YA is so dynamic today. ...Little House on the Prairie meets Harry Potter, with a dash of Stephen King."
Shiny Book Review - Barb Caffrey
"This is one of the best historical dark fantasies I’ve ever read. ...If you’ve not read any of Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s books yet, what’s stopping you?"
Sleeping Hedgehog - Jennifer Stevenson
“…once in a very great while I find something I wish I'd read thirty years before it was ever published. … These books do not let you rest.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611383577
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe
  • Publication date: 3/5/2014
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 844,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel reinvents herself every decade or so. It's not on purpose, mind you-it seems her path involves overturning the apple cart, collecting new information & varieties of apple seed, and moving on. The one constant she has reached for in life is telling stories.

"I'm interested in how people respond to unusual circumstances. Choice interests me. What is the metaphor for power, for choice? In SF it tends to be technology (good, bad and balanced) while in fantasy the metaphor is magic-who has it, who wants or does not want it, what is done with it, and who/what the person or culture is after the dust has settled. A second metaphor, both grace note and foundation, is the need for and art of healing.

"A trope in fantasy is great power after passing through death. Well, at my crisis point, I didn't die. That means that I'm a wizard now. Who knows what I may yet accomplish?"

Kimbriel is the author of the Night Calls series (Night Calls, Kindred Rites, and Spiral Path) The Chronicles of Nuala series, and many short stories.

A John W. Campbell Award nominee.

KINDRED RITES is appropriate for ages 12-120. After 120, you're probably a vampire and may not spend much time reading.

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

    Magic is a respected force in an alternate American frontier. A

    Magic is a respected force in an alternate American frontier. Alfreda Sorensson has great talent for magic, and has been studying with her aunt, learning the ways of herb-lore and healing. Alfreda learns to deliver children and break curses, and because it is part of her training, she learns to summon Death himself.
    But not all practitioners serve their communities. Some abuse their powers to build petty kingdoms of power, and even pervert the normal ways of nature. People who will want to subvert Alfreda’s powers for their own.

    Kindred Rites continues the story of Alfreda Sorensson begun in Night Calls, both engrossing reads that consumed a weekend and left me in awe of the awesome storytelling displayed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

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    Wonderful Read. This book is as delightfully written as the fir

    Wonderful Read. This book is as delightfully written as the first one Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. She returns us to the American frontier and shares with us a cleverly crafted story that draws you in and keeps you enthralled.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Can't get enough

    Cannot get enough of this series, so happy there is a third out now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    a must read for those who love stories of 'wise women'

    Beautifully written story of a young girl who has the 'gift' coming into her power. better than I first thought it would be and far exceeded my expectations. I couldn't put it down.

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