Bound in Blood (Kencyrath Series #5)

Bound in Blood (Kencyrath Series #5)

by P. C. Hodgell

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ISBN-13: 9781439134238
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Kencyrath Series , #5
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 619,344
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Pat Hodgell can't remember a time when she wasn't passionately interested in science fiction and fantasy. She's sold stories to such anthologies as Berkley Showcase, Elsewhere III, and Imaginary Lands and has also published four novels. God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, the novels included in The God Stalker Chronicles, begin her critically praised fantasy saga which is concerned not! only with high adventure, but also with questions of personal identity, religion, politics, honor, and arboreal drift. She earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, and is a graduate of both the Clarion and the Milford Writers Workshops. Recently retired, she was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in modern British literature and composition, and teaches an distant training course on science fiction and fantasy for the University of Minnesota. Pat lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in a nineteenth-century wood-framed house, which has been in her family for generations. In addition to writing and teaching, she attends science fiction conventions, collects yarn, knits, embroiders, raises cats, and makes her own Christmas cards.

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Bound in Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 120 at Knorth Hall, twins Jame and Torisen as the lords of the Kencyrath honor their fallen comrades by naming those warriors whose blood splattered on the sacred banners. These fallen comrades deserve the best, however, Jame is aghast when she realizes more than just blood is on the death banners. The souls of these intrepid fighters are trapped inside the banners honoring them. While working on how to liberate the fallen, she finds proof that her cousin Kindrie is, like her and her brother, a full-blooded Knorth. This is a two edged sword in her mind as she welcomes him as her family equal, but the implications are they can manifest the Three-Faced God, a deity who abandoned the Kencyrath to their fate after a betrayal several thousand years ago. Confused with what to do on any front, Jame returns to Randon College near Tentir to continue her studies, determine the best courses of action and avoid causing unintentional consequences. She also worries that her evil uncle somehow still lurks in the shadows and even more hates being in charge, which seems much more difficult than surviving and going at it with responsibility for just yourself. The latest Kencyrath thriller is an intriguing tale although for the most part the overarching plot does not move forward much. Jame struggles with expectations of others as the once heroic action figure finds it rather difficult to accept the leadership mantle; she now accounts for others including creatures who have tried to kill her. The subplots of Tori (who struggles with living up to the reputation of his twin especially when in Tentir many mistake him for her) and Kindrie (beyond Jame learning he makes the triad possible) barely budge. Although it helps to have read the previous Seekers' entries, Bound in Blood is a fascinating character study as Jame the courageous heroine must switch from warrior to leader. Harriet Klausner
ronincats on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I love this series. It takes Hodgell too long to write books, not helped by the fact that two publishers went out of business with her books (no, not DUE to them). So this series started in 1982 with the incomparable God Stalk, Dark of the Moon in 1985, Seeker's Mask in 1994, To Ride a Rathorn in 2006, and now Bound in Blood. Baen, her new publisher, has been reissuing the early books in omnibus editions, and has an e-book collection with all of them but the last under the title Godstalker Chronicles. But the books are good stories. There are so many threads interwoven, so many things still hidden from the protagonists, but such great characters.Bound in Blood continues Jame's saga. She and her brother Tori continue to try to find their place in the Riverland, Jame back at Tentir to continue her Randon training, Tori at Gothregor to try to come to terms with what it means to be High Lord of the Kencyrath. Don't read this series without starting at the beginning! However, for those who have followed Jame thus far, here is another well-written, action-packed (with Jame, how could it be otherwise!), and thought-provoking addition to the story. Pat, you'd better be writing at full speed RIGHT NOW!
SunnySD on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Jame's time at Tentir continues to be fraught with danger and mad dashes to the hill country, and her relationship with her brother continues to be strained. She's truly learning to ride the rathorn - not just literally either, as intrigue and political maneuverings for power behind the scenes force confrontations and reveal secrets long held. This is a bridge book long in coming - hopefully the next installment will appear in a timely fashion!
xenchu on LibraryThing 24 days ago
P. C. Hodgell is a slow writer but a very good one. The latest in her seres follows the excellence of the others. Jame is at the Randan College learning the warrior's trade. The usual crisis and contretemps occur destroying anything like a quiet life, all surrounding Jame.The books are well-written and flow well. I recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ties together much of Tentir's and its commanders' recent history, and gives Jame some very good life lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disregard the terrible cover art ...the book is worth your time. Plan on reading the next few if you want any resolution!
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justmeJS More than 1 year ago
loved it can't wait for the next book!
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Mrelia More than 1 year ago
As I peruse the fantasy shelves of my local bookstores with their endless Tolkien knock-offs, I can't help but sigh. Each volume in Hodgell's Kencyrath series offers new glimpses of a world that is rich, strange and often unique. There are great characters, a likeable heroine, a varied supporting cast plus a great mix of adventure, drama and just the right amount of humor. "Bound in Blood" continues Jame's adventures (more often mis-adventures) at Tentir, an elite military college. In this outing, Jame unravels more mysteries surrounding the dead-but-not-gone among the native population and her own people.
jpmedusa More than 1 year ago
First off, may I say that the covers for almost all of P.C. Hodgell's book are puzzling at best and silly at worst. This is possibly the worst depiction on Jame ever! She's got quite a rack for someone frequently mistaken for a boy. That being said, I really enjoy this series and wish she would write faster (the suspense is killing me!). If you have been waiting for some big revelations, eh, not so much in this one. Kindrie's unique position is revealed with some long-lost documentation, and we find out more about Torisen's mental conflicts. Inching ever closer to the final conflict, this book definitely keeps you waiting anxiously for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago