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by Elizabeth Bear

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

2009 Fantasy Novel Nominee

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This prequel to last year's well-received All the Windwracked Stars tells the tale of how Muire ended up alone in the snow after the end of the world. This is a vivid tale of love, betrayal, taboos and broken promises -- and those who manage to survive nonetheless. Readers are immersed in a painstakingly created world.

Over the last 500 years, the immortal Children of Light have lived in the northern part of Valdyrgard. Born out of the sea and bearing crystal swords in the service of the Bearer of Burdens, they feast, fight and protect their human charges.

One day, a woman washes up from the sea. She is neither mortal nor a Child of Light, and her presence in the warleader's lodge begins the tarnishing of their power and the end of the world itself. (TOR, Nov., 320 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: TOR

Published: November 2009

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