The Scar

The Scar

by Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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The Scar by Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko

A brilliant debut fantasy of love and death, fear and transformation.

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ISBN-13: 9780765367907
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

SERGEY AND MARINA DYACHENKO have received numerous prestigious literary awards for their novels and short stories. They were honored as the European Science Fiction Society's Best Writers of Europe at Eurocon 2005. Marina and Sergey are married and live in Kiev. Their short story, "The Burned Tower", originally published in Russian, was a winner of the 1999 InterPressCon Award best story of the year, and has now been translated into English for the first time.

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The Scar 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Gracie_L More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!! The Scar is a story of Egert Soll who is transformed from a swaggering local hotshot to a lowly coward who flees from home. The transformation is the result of a curse that is put on him by a man called The Wanderer. Egert eventually searches for a way to remove his curse and that isn't as easy as it seems. The book was quite enjoyable and the story was wonderfully presented. I think there were some parts that lacked finesse only because of the translation from Russian to English. But even those parts didn't distract from the story itself. This book probably won't get as much publicity or press as other novels out there, but it is worth reading. It was a little gem that I found in the midst of searching and was very much pleased.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
The Scar is one of the most original and most intriguing fantasy novels I've read in quite some time. Considering this is a novel that begins with an entirely unlikable protagonist, it's surprising that the read so that immediately captures your attention. The writing is so fluid and poetic, and the characters so well established, that you find yourself easily drawn in to a world that's dark and bleak, with a shadow of gloom that hanging over all, but also one in which people can be good or bad, not because of their environment, but in spite of it. The speed and depth of Egert's fall from grace is almost as stunning to behold as it is chilling to experience. I can honestly say I have never before seen an author do such a compelling job of detailing a character's rank cowardice. To see the fearless, arrogant young captain reduced to whimpering against the coming of night, fainting from a fear of heights atop his horse, and nearly soiling himself at the slightest sound outside his door, is stunning. By the time his cowardice is exposed to those around him, and Egert is quite literally shamed out of his home, you're beginning to feel sorry for taking such delight in his comeuppance. Really, above all else, this is the story of Egert's fall from grace, his grudging acceptance of his new place in the world, and (ultimately) his hope for redemption. Had this been a typical fantasy novel, that redemption would likely have come about halfway through the story with the breaking of the curse, sending a once again brash young hero out to avenge his fate. Instead, Sergey & Marina leave their protagonist to cope with his bleak situation, with only the beautiful Toria around to provide any semblance of hope or joy. I honestly wasn't sure, until the very last page, whether or not Egert would ever find redemption, and I loved that uncertainty. Definitely one of the most satisfying conclusions to a novel I've read in quite some time, it's also an ending that's as unique as the The Scar itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging story. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me for a ride. It has been years since I have felt so strongly for the characters. Anger, sadness, despair, and joy resonated through my every fiber of being. I do not regret a single moment of my time spent in the world crafted by these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Very different than what I was used to reading when dealing with fantasy. Definately a good pallette cleanser. I wish more of their books were translated to english. I noticed that they wrote a lot of books that received numerous awards in europe and russia. Anyways worth a read people.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those authors are among the best of modern Russian fantasy (or sometimes of urban tails). And i truly hope this series of Dyachenko would became well-known for Western readers too, as their stand-alone books (i'd highlight "No taboo for mages", "Century of Witches" and a somewhat controversial "The Cave"). Some reader asked "when bringing translated works to an Anglophone audience, why not begin at the beginning?" and this is really the second novel of four books. Well, i think that i the best choice. The Scar is easy but immersive reading that can easily introduce the reader into that Universe. Personally i got familiar with the authors with "No taboo for mages" book, then i purchased this trilogy (it is tetralogy now, but when i purchased that all-in-one volume, only three novels of the world existed. Actually i am somewhat amazed that they manages to come out with a 4th story after a very conclusive ending in the 3rd one.) - and i started reading it with the Scar. "The Gatekeeper", though arguably more artistic one" would better be read as a prequel. It is more dark and dry story, and (while it sounds weird for the fantasy genre) more realistic. Thus reading it after you get familiar with the world and the heroes would go better. And i definitely hope this would be just the 1st book of many, that you would read of the authors!
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