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Steles of the Sky

Steles of the Sky Elizabeth Bear concludes her award winning epic fantasy trilogyRe Temur exiled heir to his grandfather s Khaganate has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle W

  • Title: Steles of the Sky
  • Author: Elizabeth Bear
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Elizabeth Bear concludes her award winning epic fantasy trilogyRe Temur, exiled heir to his grandfather s Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle With his companions the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather his army of followers.Temur hasElizabeth Bear concludes her award winning epic fantasy trilogyRe Temur, exiled heir to his grandfather s Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle With his companions the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather his army of followers.Temur has many enemies, and they are not idle The sorcerer who leads the Nameless Assassins, whose malice has shattered the peace of all the empires of the Celedon Highway, has struck at Temur s uncle already To the south, in the Rasan empire, a magical plague rages To the east, the great city of Asmaracanda has burned, and the Uthman Caliph is deposed And in the hidden ancient empire of Erem, Temur s son has been born and a new moon has risen in the Eternal Sky.

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    1. The Shayne-Train on said:

      What a beautiful and satisfying finish to an amazingly well-written fantasy trilogy. This series has a brain and a heart behind the guts and swords of regular fantasy fiction. The varied characters are so fleshed-out and developed.And one of the main ideas of this fantasy world is that of the sky: in any given region, the sky above your head is the sky of the religion of the ruler or occupier of that region. So there may be multiple moons speeding across the sky, or a "hard" sun and a "soft" sun [...]

    2. Solomon Foster on said:

      I wish I had an emergency six-star rating to go to for this book and trilogy. It was easily my favorite epic fantasy in decades, filled with wonders, interesting viewpoints, larger than life characters, and at least a dozen satisfying character arcs. At the same time it has an admirable compactness; a lot of authors would have spent three or four times as many pages telling the same story, and been less effective because of it.A perfect story that I look forward to rereading again and again.

    3. Robyn on said:

      A thrilling and heart-breaking conclusion to the trilogy. One of my favourite things that I've read this year - these books have it all.

    4. Beth on said:

      Glacially paced and largely irrelevant for the bulk of the novel. The last ten percent picks up the pace, but it's completely predictable - or would have been, had I cared enough to predict. (view spoiler)[After all, the death is one option I'd thought possible for the final Harry Potter book, except I didn't care at all about Temur's death; he didn't exist as a character but as the rallying point with two wives who didn't hate each other. (I'm glossing over the part where Edene decided not to h [...]

    5. Leah Petersen on said:

      What struck me over and over again through this trilogy is what a brilliant and original worldbuilder Bear is. In this world, the sky is different depending on what nation you're in, and it changes if the land is conquered. The whole sky. The sun, the stars, the moons. One sky has a moon for each prince of the ruling line. When one dies, there goes his moon. A new one is born? You have a new moon that night. One nation has no night at all. Just the rise of the big sun (Hard-day) and as it sets, [...]

    6. Jared Millet on said:

      Hate to say this, but Bear stumbles a bit in the third volume of her Eternal Sky trilogy. The characters are still compelling and her Asian-inspired cultures are still vividly drawn, but after various fights for survival in the opening 100 pages, the book gets surprisingly dull.How so? There's a scene in the Dino de Laurentiis Flash Gordon (a weird connection, I know, bear with me) in which Flash declares, "Ming's your real enemy. Let's all team up and fight him!" Imagine how boring the rest of [...]

    7. Megan Baxter on said:

      With this, I think I finish the truly astonishing haul of Elizabeth Bear books I picked up at the local library sale last year. (I'm almost done everything I bought, and might actually finish the last couple non-Bear books before this year's sale in October.) That has meant that I've read the three parts of this trilogy closer together than I might otherwise have, and I'm glad, because they're so intricate and densely connected I might have had to struggle to remember what was going on, instead [...]

    8. Justine on said:

      This was a real powerhouse finish to the trilogy. What I liked most about these books as a whole was how the characters became more and more complex as the story proceeded. They were never simple. Reexamination of loyalties and personal roles, slightly shifting motivations, changes in direction, all of these wove together to make a highly nuanced story that still maintained a fairly quick pace. The ending was emotional and yet also satisfying, and left me feeling that the time I had spent with t [...]

    9. Ron on said:

      Wizards, dragons and poets—not to mention ghuls, demonlings, blood ghosts and horses. What’s not to like in this rousing conclusion to Elizabeth’s Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy? “Just keep walking.”Quite a bit actually. But for her smashing climax, the rest of the book merits three stars at best. It suffers a terrible case of sideways: lots of talking, lots of maneuvering, but little development of the story. Fans of Bear, and no one should start reading any series with the last book, w [...]

    10. rivka on said:

      A satisfying ending to the series, with a number of the expected twists and turns -- and quite a few I did not expect.This series is one of the most original worlds I have seen in fantasy. I love the idea of each empire having a markedly different sky (REALLY different: different numbers of moons, suns, direction of rotation, etc.) which changes depending on who controls a region. Although the sheer impossibility of it from a scientific perspective makes my head hurt. This world is definitely ba [...]

    11. Joseph on said:

      I just That is I'm dumbstruck at how good this book is (and its predecessors were); the story, the worldbuilding, the prose, most of all the characters. So, stunned into inarticulateness, I'm going to steal directly from the book itself to sum up my feelings:"There is history here to be written," she said. "There are poems such as have never been heard -- in dragon-scale, in stallion's mane, in the actions of God through the hands of men."

    12. Bart on said:

      Reviewing the final book of a series is always a strange affair. There’s the need to not repeat too much from the previous reviews, and the need to avoid spoiling anything for those who still haven’t read the earlier books. Plus the review should be interesting for both those who have and those who haven’t read what came before.I’m taking the easy way out, and opt for a rather short write-up. Should you decide to just skim this review, no problemo, but please, don’t miss the quote near [...]

    13. Rob on said:

      I don't think I can praise Steles of the Sky, or the rest of the trilogy for that matter, highly enough. Bear set out to create a work of epic fantasy that would challenge the genre's clichés and treatment of gender related issues and ended up setting a new standard. Bear retains a lot of elements that make the genre attractive to readers while showing us a whole new way of dealing with them. It's one of the most successful attempts to break with the restrictions Tolkien's success imposed on th [...]

    14. Stella on said:

      I really like the way this trilogy ended, how all of the characters were very brave in their own ways, and especially because the "main" character died. He never did fulfill any of his blood vows personally, except the one he managed with the help of Hrahima and the wizards, after his own death. What is left afterwards is the important work, the diplomacy and the raising of children.I try to read books in which women are as important and competent as men. Luckily they have become more and more c [...]

    15. Tudor Ciocarlie on said:

      Glorious ending of the Eternal Sky trilogy. This series is without a doubt the best written epic-fantasy series of all time.

    16. Ian Mond on said:

      If you’re like me and you believe that award shortlists are meant to be read and not admired then the nomination of a multi-series novel, that you haven’t been keeping up with, creates a quandary. Do you ignore the book’s existence on the ballot? Do you try to find time to read the other novels in the series? Or do you simply take the view that nominated works must stand alone, that in terms of character and plot and theme it must engage the newbie reader as much as it does the person who [...]

    17. Coolcurry on said:

      Steles of the Sky is the final book in the epic fantasy series the Eternal Sky, which starts with Range of Ghosts. Temur is raising his banner as Great Khan and gathering allies against the plot to raise an ancient evil.Thankfully, the synopsis for Steles of the Sky differed from the formula set out by the last two books. On the other hand, I don’t think my problems with the last book were just mid series slump. I think this entire trilogy suffers from poor plotting and pacing.While the end of [...]

    18. Melliane on said:

      Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewThis is another series that I have not read, and I begin once again with the third book in the trilogy that closes the series. It is always a difficult to do that, I know, especially in fantasy, but I am done for now with novels out of order.Unlike the last novel I read where I was really lost, I found that the author made us understand more easily the context of the story. The world is also very rich and we find a lot of characters at once. It is true that [...]

    19. Tim Martin on said:

      I enjoyed this ending to one of the best fantasy trilogies in recent memory. I thought some of the pacing in the first two thirds of this book at times could have been a little more brisk but the end more than made up for that. I continued to appreciate the excellent world building on the part of author Elizabeth Bear and really grew to love the main characters. The ending, perhaps because of the somewhat slower pace of the rest of the book, felt maybe a little rushed but A LOT happened, with al [...]

    20. Liz on said:

      Oh man. ALL THE FEELS!No, seriously, all of them! Sometimes I forget what it's like to get so caught up in a novel that I can't stop reading or go to sleep. It happens far more rarely than it used to. But when it doesThis was one of those series that just stays with you. It's everything that little epic fantasy ideas dream of growing up to be.Sometimes I think that epic fantasy could survive entirely on Elizabeth Bear and N. K. Jemisin and, while there might not be as much literature, what is th [...]

    21. Brian Palmer on said:

      The first book of the series took a while to get into, but it did a nice job of weaving together a history of peoples, united by the beautiful visions of the skies (an image that has stuck with me separated from the story for years). This book took significantly longer to get into, because it had a lot of characters to pick up their stories and try to bring them together. It was only really the end that it all started cohering; it did involve a Big Battle but nothing like the traditional epic f [...]

    22. Fantasy Literature on said:

      First, a confession: I’ve mostly given up on epic fantasy as a genre. I keep circling back to it because I remember the sense of soaring escape it gave me in eighth grade, but the story about intrepid heroes banding together to save the world from evil has long since lost its shine for me. The series I’ve slogged through recently — including the Hugo-nominated one, which rhymes with Peel of Lime — would only be useful to me if I needed to prop open a door on a breezy day, or start a fire [...]

    23. Lynnet on said:

      I felt like I could see the author's fingerprints far too frequently throughout this book. Each character's backstory was neatly explained and wrapped up. The lack of loose ends felt especially strange because this book really only concluded Temur's story, there were many other characters who seemed to be halfway through their own stories, but those stories were abandoned. Basically, if you read this series with the assumption that Temur was the main character, I can see why this would be a very [...]

    24. Kara on said:

      The whole book - the whole trilogy - builds up to the battle in the last chapter and just about every character takes a side and battles it out (except the Empress, who is busy rebuilding her palace after it got a bit blown up by revolutionaries).Its an awesome battle sequence as everyone just let loose everything they've had to bottle up throughout.Bear is somewhere halfway between Tolkien and Martin - a lot of high fantasy and optimism balanced by the grittiness and grimness of reality.

    25. Matt Fimbulwinter on said:

      Yes, one can still write cool, compelling epic fantasy. Book three of the Eternal Sky trilogy, Bear wraps things up nicely. Because it's Bear, the dialogue is sharp and warm, and the characters are deep and compelling. Bear uses a somewhat softer touch in this series than in some of her other works; while there's pain and loss, it doesn't hit as brutally as in, say, her Promethean Age books.Also, I really want a Lord Shuffle stuffie.

    26. Brittany on said:

      A satisfying finale to the trilogy. Such a refreshing trio of books. Quick! Name the last book you remember where several of the woman in it were raising young children (nursing) and it was treated as No Big Deal. It's OK; I'll wait. If you could think of something, let me know, because I certainly couldn't. Very engaging, and I can't wait to read them again.

    27. Cindy on said:

      Good conclusion to this trilogy (and it was a trilogy that stayed with only 3 books - hooray!)

    28. Kam on said:

      Most readers, I think, like to guess at the ending of a novel. I personally think it’s part of the fun of reading, actually: you know the author is going to take one someplace interesting - or at least, one hopes that’s what the author is going to do - but whether it’s the sort of interesting one expects, or the sort of interesting one does not expect, is the question. Some readers like having a story end precisely the way they want it to, but there are others who don’t mind getting an e [...]

    29. Jerry on said:

      WOW. I have been meaning to read this series ever since I read the review by Kristen of Fantasy Book Café, so a big thank you to her even though she didn’t recommend them personally I had the misconception that these books would be another run of the mill fantasy…boy was I wrong. This is my first time actually writing about a book that I read, but I thought I would give it chance since it is the start of a New Year and all. Please forgive my review as I am fairly new at this. I couldn’t f [...]

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