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Rosemary Kirsteins acclaimed epic continues, as a servant of truth journeys through a world where the powerful rule by lies.

The steerswomen were seekers, collectors of knowledge, and whatever they learned was free for the asking. The wizards also had knowledge- the knowledge to command nature itself-but they jealously guarded their dark wisdom. The two groups have been at odds for centuries:

They do not agree, they do not converse, they do not associate.

Now the steerswoman Rowan has uncovered evidence that the master wizard, Slado, is conjuring dangerous spells in shadow, devastating the distant lands called the Outskirts and changing the course of the world. Rowan has no choice: Slado must be stopped . . . if he can even be found.

Following a dubious clue, Rowan and her friend Bel, an Outskirter, have come to the city of Donner, seeking answers from the past for a danger in the present. But the secrets go deeper than Rowan had ever imagined, compelling her to wonder: What if all this time she has been asking the wrong questions?

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"Like its predecessor, The Lost Steersman (2003), Kirstein's highly entertaining fourth book in her Steerswomen series offers plenty of humor and intrigue while seamlessly blending fantasy and SF. Steerswoman Rowan, who travels the world collecting and disseminating information, has come to Donner to investigate the wizard Kieran, who died 42 years earlier when an orbiting Guidestar, responsible for clearing land for the nomadic Outskirters' herds, fell from the sky. Rowan knows the Guidestar was destroyed by the master wizard Slado, once Kieran's apprentice, but the generation-old issue has now become even more important, because Slado recently used Guidestar magic to destroy three Outskirter tribes. Rowan needs to learn all she can about Slado and his allies — but that means avoiding Donner's current wizard, Jannik, and working with William, a runaway wizard's apprentice who has secrets of his own. Kirstein deftly captures the joy of Rowan's 'eureka' moments as she learns to view magical power in a revolutionary way. Especially well done is the scene where she grasps the concept of programming, then proceeds to work out the steps of a list of instructions on dragons to fool a herd of the deadly beasts. This is fiction for readers who appreciate clever world-building and surprises as much as they like action and character. Agent, Frances Collin. (Aug. 31)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The next novel in the series about the steerswoman's quest to uncover the secrets of her world, following The Lost Steersman.

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homunq, November 27, 2006 (view all comments by homunq)
Let me start out by saying that I have already decided that this series will be the one my family reads aloud together when my daughter is old enough - thus repeating the experience I had as a child with "The Lord of the Rings" of reading excellent epic adventure. There is really no higher praise I could give.

However, this installment is definitely below the level of the earlier three. I think the problem is that the author is getting a bit impatient with the monumental seven-book plan that she has set up for herself, and that the delicate balance in this series between wonder and revelation is thus teetering towards revelation at the expense of wonder. Of course, the series has to come to a conclusion, and that means resolving the main conflict (wizards versus truth/steerswomen). But I hope that that doesn't mean that all the mysteries and conflicts hinted at will be eventually tied up with neat little bows - the series should stay hopeful but open-ended with regards to the relationships between the other cultures that have been explored so far. Also, Ms. Kirstein: you've done a wonderful job of setting up a rich past, please give us other worlds rather than writing the "first steerswomen" prequel and spoiling the wonder.

Also, her world is getting just a wee bit crowded with separate cultures which each, though wonderfully realized and organic in detail, require an improbable (and hidden) premise to really justify them. In the four books so far, we've had at least four Shocking Revelations, and the double pleasure of figuring them out ourselves and then watching the characters painstakingly overturning their own preconceptions to come to the same intriguing realizations doesn't quite compensate for the necessity to swallow yet another unrelated improbable premise per book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345468352
Author:
Kirstein, Rosemary
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
NASA/CR-2002-211685
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.26x5.52x.90 in. .69 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345468352 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like its predecessor, The Lost Steersman (2003), Kirstein's highly entertaining fourth book in her Steerswomen series offers plenty of humor and intrigue while seamlessly blending fantasy and SF. Steerswoman Rowan, who travels the world collecting and disseminating information, has come to Donner to investigate the wizard Kieran, who died 42 years earlier when an orbiting Guidestar, responsible for clearing land for the nomadic Outskirters' herds, fell from the sky. Rowan knows the Guidestar was destroyed by the master wizard Slado, once Kieran's apprentice, but the generation-old issue has now become even more important, because Slado recently used Guidestar magic to destroy three Outskirter tribes. Rowan needs to learn all she can about Slado and his allies — but that means avoiding Donner's current wizard, Jannik, and working with William, a runaway wizard's apprentice who has secrets of his own. Kirstein deftly captures the joy of Rowan's 'eureka' moments as she learns to view magical power in a revolutionary way. Especially well done is the scene where she grasps the concept of programming, then proceeds to work out the steps of a list of instructions on dragons to fool a herd of the deadly beasts. This is fiction for readers who appreciate clever world-building and surprises as much as they like action and character. Agent, Frances Collin. (Aug. 31)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The next novel in the series about the steerswoman's quest to uncover the secrets of her world, following The Lost Steersman.
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