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Shaman's Crossing : The Soldier Son Trilogy : Book 1 - Robin Hobb

Shaman's Crossing

The Soldier Son Trilogy : Book 1

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Published: 31st May 2006
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The first book in a brand new trilogy from the author of the Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies.

Young Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son. Traditionally in Gernia, the firstborn son is heir to the family fortunes, the second son bears a sword and the third son is consecrated to the priesthood. Nevare will follow his father - newly made a lord by the King - into the cavalry; to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage, to carry on the Burvelle name. It is a golden future, and Nevare looks forward to it with relish.

For twenty years King Troven’s cavalry have pushed the frontiers of Gernia out across the grasslands, subduing the fierce tribes of the plain on its way. Now they have driven the frontier as far as the Barrier Mountains, home to the enigmatic Speck people. The Specks - a dapple-skinned, forest-dwelling folk - retain the last vestiges of magic in a world which is becoming progressive and technologised. The ‘civilised’ peoples base their beliefs on a rational philosophy founded on scientific principle and a belief in the good god, who displaced the older deities of their world. To them, the Specks are primeval savages, little better than beasts. Superstitions abound; it is said that they harbour strange diseases and worship trees. Sexual congress with them is regarded as both filthy and foolhardy: the Speck plague which has ravaged the frontier has decimated entire regiments.

All these beliefs will touch Nevare’s training at the Academy; but his progress there is not as simple as he would wish. He will experience prejudice from the old aristocracy: as the son of a ‘new noble’ he is segregated into a patrol comprising other new nobles’ sons, all of whom will encounter injustice, discrimination and foul play in that hostile and deeply competitive environment. In addition, his world view will be challenged by his unconventional girl-cousin Epiny; and by the bizarre dreams which visit him at night. And then, on Dark Evening, the circus comes to Old Thares, bringing with it the first Specks Nevare has ever seen...

About the Author

Robin Hobb lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington. Robin is best known as the author of the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest.) Other works include The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Soldier Son trilogy. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is now complete, published as Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. A story collection, The Inheritance, showcases my work as both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. In April of 2012, City of Dragons was published as the 3rd volume in the Rain Wilds Chronicles. That tale will conclude in April 2013 with the publication of the final volume, Blood of Dragons. Robin Hobb also writes as Megan Lindholm.

A short story, Words Like Coin, is available as an illustrated e-book from Subterranean Books. Soon, a Six Duchies novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, will also be published by Subterranean.

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers... what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.' The Times Praise for The Liveship Traders series: 'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible' George R R Martin A truly extraordinary saga... the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O'Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.' BOOKLIST 'A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities' J V Jones

Robin Hobb

I was born in California in 1952, but I grew up in Alaska. When we first moved to Fairbanks from our suburban tract home in San Rafael, it was quite a shock. I was nine years old. In an effort to teach us self sufficiency, our father had purchased for our new home an old log house that lacked plumbing, wiring, insulation, interior walls, and a heat source. The same day that we moved in, Bruno arrived. He was a wolf/dog hybrid that had been severely abused by his owner, a dog musher. He subsequently became my constant companion and I soon knew the surrounding acreage of woods and sloughs as well as I had once known my back yard. I also learned the basics of wiring electricity, plumbing and insulating a home!

When I had graduated from high school, I attended Denver University for a year before returning to Alaska. I married when I was eighteen, and subsequently moved to Kodiak, an island off the coast of Alaska. With us went Frodo, an immense 130 pound white Alsatian that had come to me as a small starving puppy one day. My husband comes of fishing stock, so we have never lived far from the sea for long since then. That same year was the year I sold my first short story. I began my career as a writer doing short stories for children′s magazines, and graduated to fantasy and novels about ten years later. In that time we attended college at Idaho State University, spent a miserable couple of years being too hot in Hawaii, and finally returned to the Pacific Northwest and Washington state.

In Washington we settled for a number of years in a very small town named Roy. There we raised chickens, pigeons, geese, ducks, quail, goats, pigs, doves, and our children. We were adopted by an abandoned Staffordshire terrier that we named Minnie. She taught me a great deal about tenacity.

I presently live in Tacoma, Washington. My husband still sails, as engineer on a tramp freighter, which leaves me lots of time for writing. My current canine companion is Loki, a large black German shepherd who arrived at my door with a tennis ball in his mouth and a quantity of buck-shot in his rear end. I never know how these dogs find me, but I′ve always been grateful they do. We have three grown children and a five year old daughter.

Although my work has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula, and has actually made the final ballot, I′ve never been awarded either. I have written eleven novels, collaborated on a twelfth with Steven Brust, and lost count of the number of short stories I′ve done.

Assassin′s Apprentice was the first Hobb novel, and it was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin′s Quest. Robin has also written as Megan Lindholm. Megan Lindholm and Robin Hobb both write fantasy, but in very different styles and in different ′slices′ of the genre. Megan Lindholm′s best known book is probably Wizard of the Pigeons, a contemporary fantasy set in modern day Seattle. By using two different pseudonyms, she is able to let the reader know which voice they are going to be getting in a particular book.

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ISBN: 9780007196142
ISBN-10: 0007196148
Series: Soldier Son
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 31st May 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.0  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.35