Revelation (Rai-kirah Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from Berg's highly acclaimed Transformation, returns to discover the nature of evil--in a "spellbinding" (Romantic Times) epic saga.
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Revelation (Rai-kirah Series #2)

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Overview

Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from Berg's highly acclaimed Transformation, returns to discover the nature of evil--in a "spellbinding" (Romantic Times) epic saga.
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Editorial Reviews

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Freed from slavery after 16 years, Seyonne goes back to the work of his life: entering the minds of people possessed by "demons" and using his sorcery to drive the alien beings away. But when he encounters a demon in whom he senses curiosity rather than evil, Seyonne lets him live and is cast out from his people. Disturbed by this encounter and plagued with dreams of an ice castle, Seyonne goes on a quest to discover the secrets of these mysterious demons, to save his people and the life of his demon-possessed infant son, in the process losing his wife, his best friend, and perhaps his soul. The quest eerily echoes a prophecy of the end of the world: will his pursuit of knowledge save the world or condemn it? This sequel to Transformation stands well on its own, but will have readers scurrying for the first book. Berg's characters are completely believable, her world interesting and complex, and her story riveting. The ending is completely satisfying but not wholly resolved, so readers can look forward to at least one more trip to Berg's wonderful fantasy world. For all collections. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 485p., $6.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Deirdre B. Root; Ref. Libn., Middletown P.L., Middletown, OH , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101165706
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Rai Kirah , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 167,792
  • File size: 546 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Berg
Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.
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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    Solid follow-up, but bloated in places and lacking in characterization.

    Sadly, Revelation is nowhere near as involving as Transformation was. While Transformation was flawed, its beating heart was the relationship between Seyonne and Aleksander, and that relationship was almost completely absent in this follow-up. Instead, the novel follows Seyonne back to Ezzaria and then through several large set-pieces, each of which felt too dragged out. None of the new characters grabbed me, and the resolution was obvious from 200 pages away.

    I think the major flaw in this novel is its female characters. Carol Berg has admitted that writing women did not come naturally to her, and I think that is fairly obvious in Revelation. The story revolves around Seyonne's relationship with three women: his Aife Fiona, his wife Ysanne, and the demoness Vallynne. The plot rests on whether or not each of these women will trust him. And unfortunately, none of them is ever explored enough for the reader to make any sense of their decisions. Fiona in particular is given a clunky backstory at the very end of the novel that explains everything while explaining nothing. Each of the women was extraordinarily interesting in theory and completely flat in practice.

    Still, it was a decent novel. Berg's writing is never painful, though her pacing continues to be problematic, and when I think about the novel I can see the bones of a brilliant story. It is definitely strong enough (and leaves enough unresolved, though the novel has enough of an ending to satisfy temporarily) for me to read the final volume. I just hope that Aleksander returns and that Fiona, at the very least, is made more real than she was in this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    my opinion

    I thought the first one was way better. I thought this book was a little annoying because of the fact that Seyonne goes off on another path for a while and totallly forgets what he's supposed to be doing.This was the longest part of the book too and I was all like dude get on with it already and go back on the main story. However the author provides enough points of interest from the beginning of the book to make you want to keep reading and see what happens. Another thing i didn't like was that the lovely Prince Alekzander barely made an appearance in this book which was disappointing for me cause I really liked him! Well it doesn't take away from the book though and the author introduces some other good new characters. My final point is this: HASN'T SEYONNE SUFFERED ENOUGH! Geez he goes through sooooo much in this book I feel so bad for him. Well in the end it's still a good book and makes you really want to read the third one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    Carol Berg Reveals an awesome new title.

    Carol Berg spins an intricate tail of love, deception, and one man's torture inside the land of demons. The book locks the reader's attention in within the first few pages and does not let go until the last sentence, and still the reader does not know enough to just leave it alone. Twists and turns are what kept me in, but the 1st person perspective of the book is always a risky move in my opinion. That would probably be the reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Cannot recommend Carol Berg.....ENOUGH!!!!

    I just got this book today, and I've read 150 pages in one sitting! This one is just as good as TRANSFORMATION. Highly recommended! Please keep writing, Ms. Berg. I will read anything you put out there.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting epic fantasy

    When the Derzhi conquered the homeland of the Ezzaria, they sold the losers into slavery or forced them to flee into the woods. Seyonne, a master of powerful sorcery, won the freedom of the Derzhi by defeating, with the help of his master, Prince Aleeksander, the lord of the demons. The master returned home only to be met with suspicion because they think he is demon tainted. Nevertheless, he resumes his job as warden, freeing humans who are possessed by demons. <P>The elders do not trust him and haves someone be with him at all times. Seyonne realizes his years of captivity have changed him. He questions traditions and laws that do not make any sense to him. When he is on the hunt, he finds a demon who is not evil and allows him to live. For this act, he is stripped of his rank and leaves his homeland, but soon learns the truth about the so-called demon. He enters the demon homeland so he can learn why the Erzzarians and the Demons are at war. The truth will change the world and its rigid beliefs for all time. <P> REVELATION is an epic fantasy on a gigantic scale. The worlds of the Ezzaria and the demons are meticulously detailed so that the reader can believe they actually exist and visualize them in the mind¿s eye. The hero is reminiscent of Hercules who does feats of daring do knowing that he can be killed at any time. Carol Berg lights up the sky with a wondrous world that exists in every fantasy fan¿s imagination. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    If you thought Transformation was good...

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I am so tired of overused fantasy plotlines and devices, and have recently stopped reading two other books in the middle because I couldn't stand the cliches for even one more agonizing page. This book was not -at all- like those. I devoured this book over the course of three days; couldn't put it down. And it was not less than three days because I had to do things like work, and try not to annoy my wife as I waved her away so I could read some more. The moral dilemmas that Seyonne encounters in this book are phenomenal. Carol Berg has a strong talent for weaving a masterful tale, this book surprised me more than once - there were times I had to put the book down for a little while just to get over the shock of some event or piece of information learned in the book. Seyonne is forced to examine the very nature of his existence and the goodness of his people. Ironicly, he manages to alienate all of his friends in his struggle to help them, and ends up in some very unlikely places. Watching Seyonne struggle with his belief system as he shifts his paradigms....awesome. Realistic. Engrossing. Not at all like the typical fantasy novel where good and evil are so clear cut (read: boring). Were I as good a writer as Carol Berg, perhaps I could convey to you how powerful this book is. A MUST read. I'm recommending it to all my friends.

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