The Spirit Ring

The Spirit Ring

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by Lois McMaster Bujold, Jessica Almasy
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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!"

Product Details

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

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