Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

80%

10 Critic Reviews

The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.

Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.


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About Elizabeth Bear

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After spending six years in the Mojave desert, Elizabeth Bear attended the University of Connecticut, where she studied anthropology and English literature.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Tor Books. 335 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2012

Gripping, perfectly balanced and highly recommended.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 23 2012

The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Apr 23 2012

...while Range Of Ghosts offers plenty of dramatic sword-and-sorcery-packed fight scenes, the book has no real climax

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SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Weimer on Mar 27 2012

Given her abilities and strength of craft, if you have the slightest interest in epic fantasy, Range of Ghosts will push your buttons in all the right ways.

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DC Spotlight Newspaper

Excellent
Reviewed by Miriam Laufer on May 01 2012

Bear manages again to provide not only a deeply human, but also familiar tale in the midst of a seemingly alien world.

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Ideomancer

Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Bourke on Mar 01 2012

Range of Ghosts is the epic fantasy you’ve been waiting for your whole life.

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Thinking About Books

Excellent
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 17 2012

Range of Ghosts is firmly rooted in the culture of nomadic tribes so, with everything filtered through the experience of a man who’s spent his life on and around horses, it’s hardly surprising we get such a detailed picture of life. It’s actually worth reading just to get a feel for the life on the Steppes. Even the horses get to be real people.

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Alternative Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Feb 03 2012

...an exhilarating fantasy that fans will appreciate.

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The Little Red Reviewer Blog

Below average
Apr 09 2012

Range of Ghosts is going to be on a lot of “best of the year” lists. But not mine.

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Good
Reviewed by Jim Hines on Feb 11 2012

Thoughtful writing requires thoughtful reading, and I couldn’t zip through this one the way I do some books. But if you’re looking for more complex, non-Western epic fantasy, I’d definitely suggest checking it out.

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