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Deborah Chester

Autor(a) de The Sword

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Obras por Deborah Chester

The Sword (2000) 472 exemplares
The Ring (2000) 363 exemplares
The Chalice (2001) 349 exemplares
Reign of Shadows (1996) 264 exemplares
The Golden One (1998) 204 exemplares
Shadow War (1997) 179 exemplares
Realm of Light (1997) 164 exemplares
The Queen's Gambit (2002) 152 exemplares
The Crimson Claw (1998) 150 exemplares
The Crystal Eye (1999) 144 exemplares
The King Betrayed (2003) 97 exemplares
The Queen's Knight (2004) 80 exemplares
The Fantasy Fiction Formula (2016) 76 exemplares
The Pearls (2007) 76 exemplares
Puzzle (1995) 70 exemplares
The King Imperiled (2005) 64 exemplares
The Crown (2008) 37 exemplares
The Omcri Matrix (1987) 33 exemplares
Time/trap 1 (Time Trap) (1992) 26 exemplares
Requiem For Anthi (1990) 24 exemplares
The Children of Anthi (1985) 24 exemplares
Captured Hearts (1989) 14 exemplares
The Goda War (1989) 14 exemplares
A Love So Wild (1980) 12 exemplares
Restoration (1994) 11 exemplares
FICTION FORMULA PLOTTING (2017) 10 exemplares
The sign of the owl (1981) 10 exemplares
French Slippers (1981) 10 exemplares
Time Trap: Showdown (1992) 9 exemplares
Pieces of Eight (Time Trap) (1992) 6 exemplares
Hearts Desire (1983) 5 exemplares
The Golden One (1998) 5 exemplares
Turncoat (Time Trap Book 5) (1994) 3 exemplares
Termination (Time Trap Book 6) (2015) 2 exemplares
Sweet Passions (1985) 1 exemplar
Summer's Rapture (1983) 1 exemplar
La espada (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



I am going to preface this with I have not read the Sword, the Ring or the Chalice, but this book stands up pretty well on its own, even without that context. This book is fantasy in the vein of Tolkein; the society seems to be pretty explicitly based on a medieval Europe, but everything has a weird fantasy name. This is the story of Pheresa, an ambitious woman who aspires to be queen in a society that is so patriarchal that the people plotting against her do not want her to be queen because she is not a man, even if the other candidate doesn't have the temperament, moral compass, or qualifications to be king (remind you of someone?), and at the peril of the entire country. Everybody underestimates her because she is a woman, even the people who like her. Pheresa has character flaws and she has a lot to learn about being queen, but she is not condemned by the author for her ambition. This is a plus, because I think that in another book she could've been the villain, especially if that book were written by a man. The other important character in this book is Talmor. Talmor is in love with Pheresa, but that romance takes a back seat. This courtly love, like in medieval chivalric romances. Talmor expresses his love through nobility and heroism. It is like Guinevere and Lancelot, but with less cuckoldry (and trust me her husband deserved to be cuckolded, but one of Pheresa's character traits is a strong moral compass).… (mais)
kittyfoyle | 5 outras críticas | Jan 30, 2024 |
*Attention! This is the second book published, but chronologically, 'Leather Wings' comes first because Alonzo's leg is healed, the group has learned about True's pet koba. Both haven't happened yet in 'Leather Wings' and are major parts of the plot.*

A solid but ultimately sterile tie-in successor to 'Earth 2'

I can understand how it would be hard to write one of these, because the book is supposed to fit in with the ongoing series but the author Sean Dalton née Deborah Chester is not going to be privy to every secret that's going to be revealed in the weeks/months between getting the assignment and delivering the book. So errors are inevitable and, because the author is not going to be authorized to make lasting changes to characters or their situation (i.e. deaths, new equipment, big revelations), the status quo will have to return by the end of the book. That's why these books are hardly ever satisfying. No one gets anywhere.

So how does one get around that? Dalton (Chester) forces the group to enter a taboo zone in order to get water, and once there they discover a hidden abandoned city in the canyon wall. When did the Terrians build this, when did they have the technology, why did they leave? Because the area is taboo they can't ask any questions once they leave without antagonizing the Terrians, the city and its secrets can be added to basic "the Terrians are more advanced than we suspect" revelations within the show and left at that.

Outside of the framing story, this novel shows what prudent thinkers these licensed-property genre writers are. Aside from the framing story, the entire situation of this novel could happen anywhere. The hidden city could just as easily have been found on Krynn or in the deserts of Earth or any alien planet. 'Earth 2's characters populate it but the puzzle of the title could come straight out of a roleplaying module. I bet the author has a stack of such situations waiting to be populated with characters from whatever franchise contacts them next.

Dalton does provide some attention to the Earth 2 characters but there's suspician that these too are cynically pre-thought inserts that could happen to any character: Bess almost loses something precious in the stampede, the growing almost-romance between Danziger and Devon, and Alonzo and Julia, etc., the kids find a secret treasure, Morgan the Incompetent Greedy Bastard acts accordingly. The only uniquely 'Earth 2' aspect that came through in this novel was this series' parallelism between the colonists on a new planet and the settlers of the New World. The big errors I've found are that Dalton forgets that there's a good-sized group of colonists/stranded crew-members aside from the main cast. At several points when only the main cast plus two are assembled, they're referred to as 'all' of them, but aside from that and confusion about the differences between Grendler/Terrians, it was OK. It's hard to get affronted at errors in a franchise that was dead-in-the-water less than a year after appearing.

Earth 2

Previous: 'Leather Wings'
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ManWithAnAgenda | 1 outra crítica | Feb 18, 2019 |
Prima afsluitend derde deel van de serie: Het zwaard, de ring & de bokaal. Dain gaat verder met zijn avontuur en alles komt natuurlijk goed. Het enige wat er voor zorgt dat het geen 8 wordt maar een 7 is het grote aantal gevechten. Bladzijden lang, van het een naar het andere strijdtoneel. Verder prettig lezen.
connie53 | 1 outra crítica | Mar 29, 2018 |
Tweede deel van deze serie. Een fijn ouderwets fantasy verhaal, Een jonge eenvoudige knul met een missie, een beetje magie en half eld-(elf) bloed. Een andere jongeman, een koningszoon, die hem alles misgunt en hem overal in dwars probeert te zitten. Een beeldschone maar naïeve prinses waar de jongens (natuurlijk) beiden om verschillende redenen mee willen huwen (want trouwen doet men niet in dit soort boeken). Ik ben heel benieuwd naar het derde deel.
connie53 | 3 outras críticas | Mar 14, 2018 |



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