Image of All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burdens)


Image of All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burdens)

Bear's latest science fiction novel is a dark, forbidding and fascinating combination of magic and technology. Muire is a strong and somewhat reserved protagonist who struggles with self-doubt, failure and the need to do the right thing. Bear is a graceful storyteller,
and this new book doesn't disappoint.

Muire is the last valkyrie on a dying planet. She survived Ragnorok, where the Children of the Light fought the Tarnished Ones and died -- all but Muire and one valraven, the steeds of the valkyrie. Due to their survival, the planet wasn't wholly destroyed, and because of a final miracle, Valdyrgard was transformed into a world where magic and technology worked hand in hand.

Two thousand years later, Muire is in the last city where the Thjierry, the Technomancer, rules the final remnants of humanity. Mingan the Wolf is hunting, and it falls to Muire -- and some unexpected allies -- to reclaim the swords of her fallen sisters and brothers and slay the Wolf. (Tor, Nov., 368 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs