The Outskirter's Secret

The Outskirter's Secret

by Rosemary Kirstein
     
 

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The Guidestars: two shining lights that hang above, motionless in the night sky. The common folk know them well, and use them to count the hours and mark the seasons. But when the steerswoman Rowan discovers a number of broken blue jewels of clearly magical origin, her investigations lead to startling discoveries: there are other, unknown Guidestars -- and

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The Guidestars: two shining lights that hang above, motionless in the night sky. The common folk know them well, and use them to count the hours and mark the seasons. But when the steerswoman Rowan discovers a number of broken blue jewels of clearly magical origin, her investigations lead to startling discoveries: there are other, unknown Guidestars -- and something has caused one of those to fall. She knows one more thing: where the fallen Guidestar was located. To reach it, she must cross the Inner Lands and pass deep into the wild and deadly Outskirts. Rowan's traveling companion, Bel, is an Outskirter herself, and together the steerswoman and the warrior-poet have a chance of surviving the cruel landscape, the barbarian tribes, and the bizarre native wildlife. But there are more secrets than one in the Outskirts. And each step closer to the Guidestar brings new truths, leading Rowan toward the deepest secret of all...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rowan, the heroine of Kirstein's previous novel, The Steerswoman , continues her adventures in the second installment of this fantasy trilogy. After the first book, in which Rowan learned that wizards control the navigational satellites known as Guidestars, she sets off with her friend, the Outskirter named Bel, into Outskirter territory to locate a Guidestar that had crashed to the earth. While on her quest, Rowan fulfills her duties as a steerswoman, observing and recording all that she can of the medieval Outskirt world. On their journey, the pair overcomes goblins, barbaric warriors and inclement weather. The world Kirstein creates is captivating in its gritty descriptions and realistic culture: we learn, for example, that the nomadic Outskirters roll their bread from goat's entrails. The novel reads like a fantasy, but there are hints that Rowan's world was pre-dated by a more advanced society: perhaps the ``magic'' that the wizards use to control the Guidestars is some vestige of high technology. Though the plot wanders occasionally, readers will no doubt be pleased by this installment and eager for its sequel. (Dec.)
Publishers Weekly
The Steerswoman's Road, by Rosemary Kirstein, combines The Steerswoman (1989) and The Outskirter's Secret (1992), two beloved fantasy novels featuring steerswoman Rowan and swordswoman Bel. A sequel, The Lost Steersman, is due in September. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045923651
Publisher:
Rosemary Kirstein
Publication date:
05/04/2014
Series:
Steerswoman , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
196,519
File size:
691 KB

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