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ISBN13: 9780886778996
ISBN10: 0886778999
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In a society that values fine art, members of the artistic Grijalva family aid Tira Virte and its ruler through their special inborn ability to influence real-world events by manipulating their paintings. In a dangerous departure from tradition, one of the descendants uses the family gift to win the love of his cousin.

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Jvstin, October 11, 2008 (view all comments by Jvstin)
The Golden Key is a fantasy novel set in a Iberian flavored fantasy world, written by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott.

The Golden Key's universe and magic revolves around the use of art as a tool for communication, political power, and it turns out, arcane power as well. The novel is episodic, starting with the rise to power and the discovery of real power by a brilliant artist, Sario Grijalva of Tira Verte. The Grijalvas, after a tragedy years ago, have fallen from grace, power and are pitied, if not feared, by the population at large. Despite their talents with art, being a Grijalva is not an easy or particularly desirable life.

Sario, however, has ambition. This ambition leads him to the lair of a Tza'ab (stand in for Berbers or North Africans) living in the heart of the city. His secret power, combined with Sario's knowledge, leads Sario to discoveries to allow him to live in a serial fashion in other people's bodies...and to also imprison Saavendra, the cousin that he loves, in a portrait...

The novel then leapfrogs over the next centuries, as Sario's machinations in his various lives lead to a rise to power for the Grijalvas, even as political and other developments slowly change Tira Virte in ways that even Sario cannot predict and control.

Thus, in a 900 page novel, we really get a complete fantasy series, with a variety of characters strung out along the history of Tira Virte, with Sario and the portrait of Saavendra as the hooks that keep the story together. Add in the intriguing magic system (which any player in Amber would think of ideas for Trumps thereby), great characterization, and vivid writing, and mix well.

This could have been envisioned as an interminable fantasy series, but as one volume, the writing is crisp and rarely if ever flags. The three writers collaborate and write together seamlesly. The novel was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and after reading it, I have to wonder, just what novel managed to beat it for that prize.

I recommend it to epic fantasy fans unreservedly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780886778996
Author:
Rawn, Melanie
Author:
Roberson, Jennifer
Author:
Elliott, Kate
Publisher:
DAW
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Daw Book Collectors
Series Volume:
1031
Publication Date:
20000201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
902
Dimensions:
6.91x4.21x1.56 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a society that values fine art, members of the artistic Grijalva family aid Tira Virte and its ruler through their special inborn ability to influence real-world events by manipulating their paintings. In a dangerous departure from tradition, one of the descendants uses the family gift to win the love of his cousin.
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