The Warrior Who Carried Life

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To defeat her enemies she must make them immortal. Only men are allowed into the wells of vision. But Cara's mother defies this edict and is killed, but not before returning with a vision of terrible and wonderful things that are to come... and all because of five-year-old Cara. Years later, evil destroys the rest of Cara's family. In a rage, Cara uses magic to transform herself into a male warrior. But she finds that to defeat her enemies, she must break the cycle of violence, not continue it. As Cara's mother's...
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To defeat her enemies she must make them immortal. Only men are allowed into the wells of vision. But Cara's mother defies this edict and is killed, but not before returning with a vision of terrible and wonderful things that are to come... and all because of five-year-old Cara. Years later, evil destroys the rest of Cara's family. In a rage, Cara uses magic to transform herself into a male warrior. But she finds that to defeat her enemies, she must break the cycle of violence, not continue it. As Cara's mother's vision of destiny is fulfilled, the wonderful follows the terrible, and a quest for revenge becomes a quest for eternal life.
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A fantasy revenge quest develops into a mythic exploration of life and death in Ryman’s vivid debut, originally published in 1985. Cal Cara Kerig was five-years-old when her mother was brutally killed for unlawfully prophesying horrors to come. Fifteen years later, those horrors arrive in the form of the Galu, a vicious people whose leader tortures Cara and her remaining relatives. Cara uses a secret magic that grants her the body of a male warrior for a year—but revenge turns out to be the least of what she is fated to accomplish. The first third of Cara’s adventure is sharp, engaging, and unflinching in its portrayal of the cruelties of war, and it features a nuanced and fascinating exploration of gender roles and identity. Unfortunately, what seems at first like an original mythology turns out to be a retelling of Genesis (albeit an effectively subversive one), and the narrative makes a poor trade of character development and cohesion for overdramatized mythic resonance and epic scope. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553263442
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/21/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Extremely Intense and Exciting

    The Warrior Who Carried Life opens up a knew realm of science fiction and fantasy that most people never knew was there. This book beautifully combines religion and magic to tell the story of a young girl who is on a quest for revenge against the beings who destroyed her family. Think ancient world stories, like with oracles and prophecies, paired with an army of clones bent on killing everything.

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