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The Outskirter's Secret

The Outskirter's Secret

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by Rosemary Kirstein

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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.

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The Outskirter's Secret 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending is terrible. I recommend it for no one.