Law of the Broken Earth

Law of the Broken Earth

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by Rachel Neumeier
     
 

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In Feierabiand, in the wide green Delta, far from the burning heat of the griffin's desert, Mienthe's peaceful life has been shaken. Tan - clever, cynical, and an experienced spy - has brought a deadly secret out of the neighboring country of Linularinum.

Now, as three countries and two species rush toward destruction, Mienthe fears that even her powerful cousin

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In Feierabiand, in the wide green Delta, far from the burning heat of the griffin's desert, Mienthe's peaceful life has been shaken. Tan - clever, cynical, and an experienced spy - has brought a deadly secret out of the neighboring country of Linularinum.

Now, as three countries and two species rush toward destruction, Mienthe fears that even her powerful cousin Bertaud may be neither able nor even willing to find a safe path between the secret Linularinum would kill to preserve and the desperate ferocity of the griffins. But can Mienthe?

And, in the end, will Tan help her . . . or do everything in his power to stand in her way?

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This vivid, satisfying conclusion to Neumeier's Griffin Mage trilogy introduces Mienthe, a neglected girl raised by a gardener and indifferent relatives until she's rescued by her cousin Lord Bartaud (familiar from June 2010's Land of the Burning Sands). Then Bartaud's griffin mage friend Kairaithin brings bad news: the Wall between the fiery griffin lands and the human kingdoms is cracking. The engaging spy Tan is kidnapped by stock villain Istierinan, who threatens him with torture and death, while Mienthe must discover her own talents and inner strength. Mienthe is well drawn and convincingly uneasy about her sudden access to magic, and most of the conflicting characters are sympathetic. Most compelling is the world and its magical laws, which invite further related stories. (Dec.)

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ISBN-13:
9781841499024
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.01(h) x 1.14(d)

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Meet the Author

Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead. She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.

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Law of the Broken Earth (Griffin Mage Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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In Feierabiand, her family ignored Mienthe as a child. In fact the gardener was the adult who served as a surrogate parent raising her. That changes when her older cousin Lord Bartaud (see Land of the Burning Sands) takes her under his wings. Soon afterward, Bartaud's griffin mage friend Kairaithin arrives to inform him that the Wall that separates the land of the fierce griffin from the human kingdoms is splintering. As Bartaud ponders what to do evil Istierinan captures Tan the spy threatening him with torture. Meanwhile Mienthe struggles with her new lot in life as she finds becoming important within a family has a price. She is uncomfortable with learning her magical prowess at a time when her latent skills are needed. The third Griffin Mage (see Lord of the Changing Winds) is a strong coming of age fantasy starring a wonderful reluctant heroine who prefers to be ignored as that is her comfort zone, but that is not longer an option. The Neumeier universe is cleverly drawn so that the audience will believe in the physics of magic and the wall coming down. The cast is strong except for somewhat the super villain who is too stereotypical of the genre. Still fans will relish the Law of the Broken Earth as Rachel Neumeier provides a powerful vivid realm anchoring a fabulous story line. Harriet Klausner