By the Mountain Bound

By the Mountain Bound

by Elizabeth Bear


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ISBN-13: 9780765333452
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Edda of Burdens Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Bear was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her books include the acclaimed Eternal Sky series and Edda of Burdens series.

Ruth Urquhart trained at East 15 Acting School and has spent the last twenty years working as an actor in theater, film, TV, and education. Ruth is an Audible Approved Producer and has narrated over thirty titles. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her partner, two children, and an array of animals.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit. Antony lives in Los Angeles.

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By the Mountain Bound 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gregandlarry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Really just a fantasy book. The connecton with the previous bookin the series was tenuous, and there was none of the grittiness of that world. A disappointing book from an author I have enjoyed.
kmaziarz on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bear returns to the Norse-inspired fantasy world of last year¿s ¿All the Windwracked Stars¿ with this prequel, set thousands of years earlier. As the story opens, Ragnarok has already occurred and the survivors¿einherjar and waelcyrge (better known as Valkyries)¿have fled the dead land of Midgard to a new world, where for 500 years they have assumed the responsibility of looking after the humans in this world, taking vengeance where vengeance is due. All this ends when Strifbjorn, the charismatic war-leader of the einherjar, finds a half-drowned woman on the beach. When she recovers, the strange woman¿neither human nor waelcyrge¿declares herself to be the Lady, the goddess whom the einherjar have awaited since the fall of Midgard. Proving her identity by easily defeating Strifbjorn¿s secret lover and champion, the einherjar Mingan the Grey Wolf, the Lady begins to sow discord among the einherjar and waelcyrge, encouraging them in actions that they have long believed to be taboo and causing those who follow her to become the Tarnished, unable to access the Light within. Those who stayed true to Strifbjorn struggle to overthrow the rule of the false Lady, knowing even as they do so that it will likely come to outright war¿and that if it comes to outright war, it is unlikely that any will survive it.Elegant, demanding, and vividly drawn, ¿By the Mountain Bound¿ would be a wonderful choice for lovers of mythology and fantasy alike.
RBeffa on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I tend to read little in the way of pure fantasy. However, I thought enough of Elizabeth Bear as a writer to have a go at her recent ¿By The Mountain Bound¿. The intent here is I believe for it to be an epic tale, and the writing is in parts like epic poetry. There is some beautiful prose in there, but I found myself getting distracted at times by an overabundance early on of hyphenated words ¿ On the first page in a single sentence we have wood-red, smoke-gray and tarnished-silver. Often the hyphenation seemed to serve no purpose. I am guessing the intent was to set a mood. Well, it-didn't. It just-served to distract me from the-tale.The story never fully engaged me and the book took longer than normal for me to read as a result. Despite not loving this, I enjoyed much of the story which is about change, trust, loyalty, about death, about the end of the world, Ragnarök. Most of the focus is on three primary characters, The Wolf, The Warrior and The Historian. The relationship between two of the main characters Strifbjorn (The Warrior) and Mingan (the Grey Wolf) didn¿t work for me. I did like Mingan as an interesting character on his own. He¿s certainly the most richly drawn, and intriguing as well. I also liked the young historian Muire quite a lot. It gets a passing grade but I can¿t really recommend it.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
For over five centuries the Children of Light lived in northern Valdyrgard. Immortal, they work for the Bearer of Burdens and know their mission is to protect humans. Using crystal swords, they are a fierce fighting force. Einherjar war chieftain Strifbjorn saves a drowning female who is neither human nor Immortal. She insists she is the Lady of Legend that they have waited to arrive. To prove her deity she fights and defeats Strifbjorn's lover Mingan the Gray Wolf, giving her command of the fighting force. As she tries to prepare her defiant warriors against the attack of the Giants, the post Ragnarok end has begun. This prequel to ALL THE WINDWRACKED STARS leads to how Muire the historian cowardly survived the end of the world. The story line is complex with readers deeply involved in the emotional big crunch. Ironically fans of the writer know how the tale ends yet cannot resist the trip to find out how Elizabeth Bear takes her readers there. This is a great addition to Nordic mythology by one of the best authors at writing exhilarating mythological fantasies. Harriet Klausner