The Warrior Who Carried Life

The Warrior Who Carried Life

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by Geoff Ryman
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927469385
Publisher:
ChiZine Publications
Publication date:
04/10/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,478,734
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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