The Spirit Ring

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Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas, her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.

Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the ...

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Overview

Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas, her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.

Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia...

A betrayal at a banquet plunges Thur and Fiametta into a struggle against men who would use vile magic and vile ends. Needs of this desperate moment will require all their wits, all their talents, and all their courage, if they are to rescue both Montefoglia and the souls of those they most love.

When her father, a goldsmith and master mage, dies during the siege of their Italian village, fifteen-year-old Fiametta finds her own fledgling magic tested in the ensuing battle against the evil Lord Ferrante.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
Bujold continues to work at the same level that has won her five major science fiction awards...her first fantasy...[is] as good as her fine action science fiction.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hugo and Nebula winner Bujold the Miles Vorkosigan series; Barrayar makes her hardcover debut with this enthralling dark fantasy set in Renaissance Italy, where the church regulates magic and licenses magicians. After Uberto Ferrante assassinates the Duke of Montefoglia and takes over the duchy, master goldsmith and sorcerer Prospero Beneforte flees with his 16-year-old daughter, Fiametta. But he dies of a heart attack while being pursued by Ferrante's men for his magical powers and knowledge. His unshriven body is taken back to Ferrante to be used in making a spirit ring granting the usurper the strong powers of black magic. Fiametta, talented in magic and metalwork but untrained because she is female, joins with Thur Ochs, a young Swiss with untapped skills in necromancy, to rescue the souls of her father and of Ochs's brother, a mercenary soldier. Aided by a wise churchman, the two youngsters take on the ancient evil of sorcery used for devilish ends. In a perfectly natural manner, Bujold incorporates the concept of magic into this crisply paced, fully developed tale. She notes that Benvenuto Cellini served as the inspiration for the hugely talented, hugely egocentric Beneforte. Nov.
SF Site
“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
Rave Reviews
“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
Booklist (Booklist)
"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
Anne McCaffrey
"Boy, can she write!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480563834
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold (born November 2, 1949) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy works. Bujold is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record. Her novella The Mountains of Mourning won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. In the fantasy genre, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her fourth Hugo Award and second Nebula Award were for Paladin of Souls. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award. The bulk of Bujold's works are part of three separate book series: the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series.

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  • Posted January 21, 2015

    Although the story was a little sad for my liking, you can never

    Although the story was a little sad for my liking, you can never go wrong with LMB's books. She is really an awesome author who manages to incorporate intersting themes without making a point of it. Her characters are interesting and you care about what happens to them even when they are not  in a particularly action oriented scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    The book is excellent. I only wish there would be more. Other r

    The book is excellent. I only wish there would be more.
    Other reviews comment on the format of the book - and should be labeled as such.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    I'm having the same problem - entire parts of sentences are chop

    I'm having the same problem - entire parts of sentences are chopped off. It looks fine on my Nook Classic (therefore 3 stars), but is unreadable on my new Nook Tablet HD.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Don't buy!

    Great book but this is a corrupted, unreadable version. Is it even possible to get a refund?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Line spacing

    So far off it is unreadable end of sentance is off screen and unable to center the text

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Could not read, bad format

    Unable to read. Except for occasional paragraphs, (usually at the first part of a chapter) the end of every screen line would be missing several words. I don't know if it is a nook reader problem or not, but I have 30 other books this doesn't happen to. I my money back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    Don't Bother to read the review

    I think this book doesn't even deserve 1 star. It was too sad. Way too sad for my liking. It needed more action and adventure. It was just plain boring.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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