Song of Unmaking

Song of Unmaking

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by Caitlin Brennan
     
 

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Striving to save the Aurelian Empire, Valeria reached for too much power too quickly and a darkness rooted inside her. Unable to confess the truth, Valeria turns to Kerrec, her former mentor, one of the elite Riders from the Mountain, home of the gods. But Kerrec, too, is deeply wounded and his darkness may be even deeper than hers--and he is refusing to face

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Striving to save the Aurelian Empire, Valeria reached for too much power too quickly and a darkness rooted inside her. Unable to confess the truth, Valeria turns to Kerrec, her former mentor, one of the elite Riders from the Mountain, home of the gods. But Kerrec, too, is deeply wounded and his darkness may be even deeper than hers--and he is refusing to face it. Until his weakness nearly destroys the Riders and their immortal white stallions...

As Kerrec is sent from the Mountain on a desperate quest for healing, Valeria is forbidden to follow. But compelled by a power she cannot understand and encouraged by her own stallion, she shadows Kerrec on a perilous mission.

The patterns of deception and secrets have been woven, the threats of war and unrest spread throughout the land, the barbarian hordes return and once more it is Valeria--and Kerrec--who must gather their strength and wounded magic to protect all that they believe in.... But who will believe in...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426848971
Publisher:
Luna
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
White Magic , #2
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
291,633
File size:
420 KB

Meet the Author


I was born and raised in Maine--Stephen King country, no less; my aunt was one of his high school English teachers. I first sat on a horse, courtesy of my grandfather, at age six months. At age seven years, I started taking riding lessons. When I went to the library--which was as often as I could--I raided the horse books, especially the Marguerite Henry books. They scarred me for life.

My grandfather bought me my first horse when I was a freshman in high school. I chose my undergraduate college, Mount Holyoke, because it had a stable on campus and a riding program that fulfilled the phys ed requirement. When I went on to live in England for two years and then came back to alternate between graduate school in Connecticut and teaching high school in Maine, I kept on with the horses, and started pursuing something called classical dressage--which is basically the thing the Lipizzaners do at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

I always had a dream that someday, just once before I died, I would ride a Lipizzaner. I first met these dancing white horses in Marguerite Henry's book, White Stallion of Lipizza, and I saw the Disney movie, Miracle of the White Stallions, and later I read Mary Stewart's wonderful Airs Above the Ground. And, of course, I read all the Alois Podhajsky books I could get my hands on, especially My Horses, My Teachers. In 1983 I had a ringside seat at Madison Square Garden where I saw the Spanish Riding School on tour--and it was pure magic.

What I never knew was that private citizens could own these magical animals. Or that I could own one--until a riding instructor who had ridden and trained them said I should buy one, because "you'll get along with them." That was in 1992, just as I was moving from Connecticut to Arizona. A month after I arrived in Tucson, I bought my first Lipizzan. My trainer had been right on--we did get along. Now I ride Lipizzaners every day, and I have a stallion whom I ride and train (and at the moment five mares and fillies and a wonderfully evil half Arabian, half Lipizzan gelding), and best of all, I get to write books about magical white horses who are almost exactly like the ones in my backyard.


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Song of Unmaking 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Laurie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
A world easy to immerse myself in. I hadn’t read Mountain’s Call, and indeed, I had this story in my “To Be Read” pile for quite a while. I was digging through the pile one day and saw it. Fell in love with the cover all over again. And now I’ve fallen in love with the story as well. It was well-written, had a well-rounded and thought out world, well-characterized, and emotional. Now I need to go pick up Mountain’s Call so I can see the beginning of Valeria’s story, when she answers the call to become a Rider.
Im2sassy4u More than 1 year ago
Great series for teens and adults. Especially if you are a horse lover... then this will doubly appeal to you. I have read this series thru sooooo many times and its still fun to read over and over again. Had to get it for my nook color!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and stumbled upon it purely by accident. I read this book and then eagerly finished the other two in the series. Ms Brennan's amazing heroine Valeria is a strong and independent young woman who is the first woman to be Called to the Mountain. I would highly recommend this book to young and old, horse lovers, and fantasy lovers. Bravo Ms Brennan, and can't wait to see the next book in the series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, well, i was impressed with the first one, but this one owns all. all my friends make fun of me because of some of it's 'scenes' but, i really don't care. anywhoo, i loved the relationship that valeria and kerrec had/have. i almost cried because of what was happening. i have two other friends that are reading the book too and they said they didn't like the 'scenes' but they couldn't put it down. wait till this one! it's better and better as you read it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Euan Rohe, a Caletanni barbarian almost brought the Empire and the Emperor to its knees during the Great Dance. Valeria, a rider of the wild stallions who are gods made flesh, finished the Dance with her own and seven other stallions and for a time war was averted. Valeria returns to the mountain for more training while Euan escapes to his homeland and allies himself with Gothard, the baseborn son of the Emperor who wants to Unmake his father¿s empire. War is coming and the Emperor, his warriors and his mages are at the border waiting for the right time to strike out at their enemy. Gothard has a stone that has the power to Unmake, once he knows how to use it. Valeria and her lover Kerrick, with their stallion gods travel to the battleground to stop Gothard before he starts using the stone¿s power to crush the Emperor¿s forces. Partners in love and battle Kerrick and Valeria perform a Dance unlike any dance the stallions performed, one that will determine the fate of the Empire. --- This is the second book in this magnificent romantic fantasy series (See THE MOUNTAIN¿S CALL) and it is full of more action, romance and drama than its prequel. The love Kerrick and Valeria feel for each other is tested by secrets he keeps from his lover and the wounds that refuse to heal, both magical and physical, inflicted on him by his half-brother. The battle scenes are magnificent, the characters are realistic and the storyline is pure magic readers will eagerly await the next book in this tantalizing series. --- Harriet Klausner