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Publisher Comments:

In this new story set in the world of The Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag, two teenagers join the crew of a huge river barge after their addict mother is drowned. The girl and her half-breed younger brother try to make the barge their new home. As the great boat proceeds up the long river, we see a panorama of cities and cultures, and begin to perceive patterns in the pirate attacks that happen so frequently in the river cities. Eliss, the girl, becomes a sharp-eyed spotter of obstacles in the river for the barge, and more than that, one who perceives deeply.

A young boy her age, Krelan, trained as a professional assassin, has come aboard, seeking the head of a dead nobleman, so that there might be a proper burial. But the head proves as elusive as the real explanation behind the looting of cities, so he needs Elisss help. And then there is the massive Captain of the barge, who can perform supernatural tricks, but prefers to stay in his cabin and drink.

Review:

"Fans mourning Baker's death earlier this year will be comforted by this gentle conclusion to 2009's The House of the Stag and 2010's The Anvil of the World. Teen Elissa is left orphaned and guilt-ridden when her addict mother dies in a diving accident. She supports herself and her younger half-brother by odd-jobbing on a huge river barge, visiting colorful towns on their way upstream. As Elissa gradually becomes invaluable to the Bird's crew by spotting dangerous river snags, she also learns to see through human subterfuge while accompanying Krelan, lesser son of an assassin family, who's investigating the murder of one of his family's wealthy clients. Satisfyingly exotic local color, a boatload of convincing characters with a captain touched by the supernatural, and a realistic treatment of young love make this an unusually sensitive growing-up tale. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A teenaged orphan and her brother join the crew of a huge river barge, giving them a panoramic view of cities, cultures, and pirate attacks. Soon a young, professional assassin comes aboard and enlists Eliss's help in his search to find the head of a dead nobleman.

About the Author

Kage Baker was an artist, actor, and director at the Living History Centre and taught Elizabethan English as a Second Language. Born in 1952 in Hollywood, she lived in Pismo Beach, California, the Clam Capital of the World. She died on January 31, 2010.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765322968
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Author:
Baker, Kage
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100720
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.56 x 6.36 x 1.085 in

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The Bird of the River
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Product details 272 pages Tor Books - English 9780765322968 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans mourning Baker's death earlier this year will be comforted by this gentle conclusion to 2009's The House of the Stag and 2010's The Anvil of the World. Teen Elissa is left orphaned and guilt-ridden when her addict mother dies in a diving accident. She supports herself and her younger half-brother by odd-jobbing on a huge river barge, visiting colorful towns on their way upstream. As Elissa gradually becomes invaluable to the Bird's crew by spotting dangerous river snags, she also learns to see through human subterfuge while accompanying Krelan, lesser son of an assassin family, who's investigating the murder of one of his family's wealthy clients. Satisfyingly exotic local color, a boatload of convincing characters with a captain touched by the supernatural, and a realistic treatment of young love make this an unusually sensitive growing-up tale. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A teenaged orphan and her brother join the crew of a huge river barge, giving them a panoramic view of cities, cultures, and pirate attacks. Soon a young, professional assassin comes aboard and enlists Eliss's help in his search to find the head of a dead nobleman.
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