When Shan was fifteen years old, dark soldiers came out of the west, like a cloud of evil boiling over the soft hills of his homeland. They commanded terrible beasts, which killed with hook claws like scythes and cold eyes that dripped icy fire. The soldiers wore helmets that looked like fiends, tusked and snarling and sneering.
The terrible consequences of war have left the boy Shan wounded in body and mind by the invading army of Magravandias. He's taken from his devastated village by the magus Taropat, chosen by the master's mysterious impulse to become the wizard's pupil, and a weapon against the invading empire.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Series:||Magravandias Series , #2|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)|
About the Author
Storm Constantine has written over twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction and well over fifty short stories. Her novels span several genres, from literary fantasy, to science fiction, to dark fantasy. She is most well known for her Wraeththu trilogy (omnibus edition published by Tor), and is currently at work on a new set of novels set in the world of Wraeththu, beginning with The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Tor, 2003). Wraeththu are magical and sensual hermaphroditic beings, who when their story first began, almost twenty years ago, broke startling new ground in the often staid fantasy/sf genres.
Her influences include myth, magic and ancient history and the foibles of human nature. She uses writing and fiction to bridge the gap between mundane reality and the unseen realms of imagination and magic. She strives to awaken perception of these inner realms and the unexplored territory of the human psyche.
Aside from writing, Storm runs the Lady of the Flame Iseum, a group affiliated to the Fellowship of Isis, and is known to conduct group members on tours of ancient sites in the English landscape, in her husband's beat up old army Land Rover. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, has recently set up her own publishing company, Immanion Press, to publish esoteric books, and teaches creative writing when she gets the time.
Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series, once said: 'Storm Constantine is a mythmaking, Gothic queen, whose lush tales are compulsive reading. Her stories are poetic, involving, delightful, and depraved. I wouldn't swap her for a dozen Anne Rices!'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one! I bought this book on sale and didn't give it a second glance, and couldn't stop reading when I picked it up. A mustread for any Fantasy lovers!
An excellent allegory of the process of gaining self-awareness, and maturing into adulthood. All the characters, especially Shan, have some great pain in their past they need to overcome. Through education with Taropat, spiritual discovery with Sinaclara, and finally coming together and testing with the other questers, Shan is able to come to terms with himself and become a more complete person. While Shan's development is a masterpiece, the other characters leave a bit to be desired. Tayven seems to be almost a carbon copy of Calanthe from the Wraeththu series. It isn't explained why Taropat, who seems like a less wise and more sinister Merlin, was untouched by the testing (perhaps in the first or third books, which I haven't yet read, she does). But all in all a very good book; I'd definitely recommend it.
At fifteen, Shan lives a relatively contented life working along side his father gathering crops in the isolated village of Holme. However, everything changes when the ferocious invading Magravandas ravage the village. The atrocities are numerous as men are viciously murdered and women brutally raped. They kill Shan¿s family and brutalize him leaving him for dead. Taropat the wizard arrives after the soldiers leave and informs the survivors that ¿the demon of death¿ marches the land. He takes Shan with him and trains the lad into focusing his hatred and using magic as a weapon of retaliation against the Magravanda Empire. Taropat seeks a hero while Shan seeks vengeance, thus a marriage of convenience is forged between the tutor and the student. As he starts to learn more about Taropat, Shan joins a quest seeking the Crown of Silence with each member of the alliance planning to take control of the artifact. THE CROWN OF SILENCE, the second tale in Storm Constantine¿s Magravandias Chronicles, is a well-written epic fantasy that will thrill genre diehards. The story line has exciting moments that bring alive an engaging plot, but at other times the tale seems bogged down with too much explanation of the mythos behind the legends. Shan is an interesting character fueled by loathing to become all he can be and more as he converts from peasant to mage. Taropat is also a captivating player, but no more on him because his background is pivotal to the novel. Although not quite as entertainingly smooth as SEA DRAGON HEIR, Ms. Constantine adds depth to her mythical realm with an overall strong entry. Harriet Klausner
I've heard a lot of hype about Storm Constantine, so of course when given the choice between purchasing The Crown of Silence and Song Master by Orson Scott Card, I went for the Crown. It wasn't my best decision. Constantine shows wonderful skills in descriptions and I truly do feel as if I ahev been led into another world. but other than that there is very little that holds you to the book. The characters are very..cookie cutter, Shan, the simple country boy who wants to know more, Nip, crazy girl who makes no sense yet knows all and Taropat, the troubled magus. The rape and sex in general seem inconsequential to the story, and is the one place where Con. fails to use her decriptive skills. overall the sentences are simple, the dialogue seems disconnected and I find myself slowly wishing i had bought Song Master instead. I imagine hard core fans will enjoy it, but for anyone who is trying to decide which book of Con.'s to start with, I would go for something else. Maybe this was just a fluke.