The Belly of the Wolf [NOOK Book]

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Nazhuret, the reluctant Philosopher-hero of R.A. MacAvoy’s award-winning bestseller, LENS OF THE WORLD, is embarking on his final adventure. He must unwillingly end a long period of exile and once again take up the sword in defense of freedom. His old friend the King is suddenly and unexpectedly assassinated, leaving the kingdom in chaos. Nazhuret interrupts the peace of his old age to endure the horrors of war and the supernatural realm of the dead. Before his journey comes to an end, he must test his wisdom to...
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Overview


Nazhuret, the reluctant Philosopher-hero of R.A. MacAvoy’s award-winning bestseller, LENS OF THE WORLD, is embarking on his final adventure. He must unwillingly end a long period of exile and once again take up the sword in defense of freedom. His old friend the King is suddenly and unexpectedly assassinated, leaving the kingdom in chaos. Nazhuret interrupts the peace of his old age to endure the horrors of war and the supernatural realm of the dead. Before his journey comes to an end, he must test his wisdom to its limit in the face of danger and treachery. He is accompanied by his beloved daughter Nahvah and, as Nazhuret’s final debt of honor is paid, he faces the darker side of human nature with both of their lives at stake.

Book #3 in the Lens of the World series. A now aged Nazhuret, living in exile with his daughter, learns of the death of his friend, King Rudolf of Velonya, and decides to journey home to intercede in a rebellion lead by one of his former students. During Nazhuret's absence, his daughter disappears.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
MacAvoy concludes what may be one of the best fantasy series of the decade with this follow-up to her Lens of the World and King of the Dead. Here Nazhuret, unwilling warrior-philosopher who seems unable to avoid political intrigue, has grown old, living with his daughter Nahvah (herself an accomplished fighter) and poignant memories of his deceased wife. News comes of the death of Nazhuret's long-time friend King Rudof, ruler of his native Velonya, and of the strife which has ensued as patriotic rebels refuse to recognize Rudof's son Benar as the new king. Inspired by bastardized versions of Nazhuret's own philosophies, the rebels claim that Benar had a hand in his father's death, and Nazhuret--reluctant as always--sets out to clear things up before Velonya tears itself apart. As in earlier volumes, MacAvoy subverts the heroic fantasy tradition with a languid approach to action and an unusual interest in the depths of character--though there is plenty of swordplay, there is even more of Nazhuret's thoughts--and her prose is graceful, understated and vivid. Anyone who doubts that fantasy can be literary, artistic, thoughtful and genuinely moving need only follow Nazhuret's adventures to learn otherwise. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
YA-The ``Lens of the World'' is Nazhuret, the half-breed orphan of two nobilities whose separateness enables him to bring the world's realities into a clear focus. In this book, readers discover that they have been trespassing on Nazhuret's privacy; the earlier two volumes in the trilogy have been published without his permission, and their power has gained him unwanted followers. With the death of his great friend, King Rudof, Nazhuret finds himself unwillingly drawn into the struggle for power being fought in the name of a philosophy he disavows, but which is inextricably linked to him. Combat, flight, assassinations, duels, and wilderness survivals crowd the plot, but despite the action, this is a thoughtful book. Nazhuret finds himself reflecting not only on his existence and its meaning, but also on his inner self. It is a moving and fascinating culmination to the life of the hero we have watched mature. However, this reflective point of view probably makes this volume the least accessible to a YA audience. As with the earlier titles, there is a wonderful synergy between the prose style and the creation of the character of Nazhuret. His ``voice'' becomes yet more personal and more effective in drawing readers to his unique perspective. Two terrific supporting characters, Nazhuret's daughter, Nahveh, and the painter-duelist Count Dinaos provide a piquant contrast. As in the past, Nazhuret takes readers on an exhilarating journey; but this time, his quest takes them to an inner destination.-Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Roland Green
The conclusion to the trilogy, "Lens of the World", is as effective and unusual as its predecessors. The hero Nazhuret is now aging and a widower living in exile with his daughter. Word comes that his old friend King Rudolf is dead and his native land is in turmoil as a result of factional contention and the new king's inexperience. Nazhuret must make a long and lovingly detailed journey home, initially intending to assassinate the foolish young ruler but effectually ending the civil war. The fantasy elements here are so understated that genre readers with conventional expectations may be disappointed. Nobody else will be. MacAvoy's sense of place, exquisite prose, and first-person narration remain exceptional. She remains, albeit without any fanfare, in the top rank of the American fantasists' roster.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497602885
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Lens of the World , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 494,383
  • File size: 847 KB

Meet the Author


R. A. MacAvoy is a highly acclaimed author of imaginative and original science fiction and fantasy novels. Her debut novel, TEA WITH THE BLACK DRAGON, won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also written the DAMIANO trilogy, the chronicles of a wizard’s young son, set during an alternate history version of the Italian Renaissance; THE BOOK OF KELLS, and TWISTING THE ROPE, the highly acclaimed sequel to TEA WITH THE BLACK DRAGON. She is also the author of the beloved and much-praised LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy. 
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