Lisa Goldstein Summer King, Winter Fool

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Summer King, Winter Fool

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9780812535037: Summer King, Winter Fool

When the god of summer falls in love with the human world and refuses to let the seasons change, Valemar, a young courtier, begins an unwilling quest that leads him to magic, love, and a throne. Reprint. AB.

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An inept monarch; a double brace of scheming siblings; a mannered, stratified society; and a long, cold winter are the background for this drama of duality. Would-be poet Valemar, a young courtier, is entangled by his cousin Narrion in murder and intrigue and is soon further entangled in old deceptions and new war with the city-state Etrara's rival nation, the Shai. Surrounded by duplicity and forced to conceal himself, his resilient adaptability becomes an asset in a polarized world. Tightly plotted and plainly told, this novel furnishes better meat than most trilogies.

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This classy fantasy combines an original take on religion with a realistic view of political intrigue to create an intellectually solid, if not viscerally gripping, adventure. Valemar, a minor courtier who is loyal to the bastard King Gobro, becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and finds himself exiled to the rural fishing community of Tobol An, home of the library where ancient knowledge about the kingdom is watched over by the beautiful librarian Taja. Once Valemar returns home, Taja receives a magical intuition and discovers documents that show that Valemar is really the legitimate heir to the throne. She manages to reach Valemar with the news, but he decides to bide his time; when Gobro's sister, Callia, installed on the throne after Gobro's demise, starts a war, Valemar joins her in battle. He spends the rest of his time learning how to be a good leader, why the winter is endless, what the gods have been up to and where his heart really lies. Taja also learns the importance of being true to herself and her burgeoning magic. Unlike the characters in Goldstein's earlier work ( Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon ), who seemed freed from convention by the magic in their real-world setting, the characters here are strangely constrained by their fanciful environment. Yet the poetic interplay and philosophical intricacies have their own beauty, and eventually both the characters and the story thaw into something noble and rich.
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