By the Mountain Bound

By the Mountain Bound

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For five hundred years the immortal Children of the Light, Einherjar and Valkyrie, have lived together in the North of Valdyrgard. They were born out of the Sea, each with a shining crystal sword in his or her hand; they are Angels of Light created in the formation of a new world. But three have come before them, from the death throes of the old world, Midgard: the world-girdling Serpent, Bearer of Burdens; the Wolf Fenris, eater of the Sun, who now takes the form of an einherjar; and his demon sister, stealer of souls. The Children spend their days feasting, fighting, hunting, and guarding their human charges. But one dreadful day a woman is washed up from the sea, a Lady who is no mortal, though she is not valkyrie either. Thus begins the breaking of the Children of the Light, the tarnishing of their power, and the death of Valdyrgard.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 385.55g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765318830
  • 9780765318831
  • 1,283,589

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Praise for "All the Windwracked Stars: " "Hugo winner Bear perfectly captures the essence of faded hopes and exhausted melancholy in this postapocalyptic melodrama based loosely upon Norse mythology. Readers will be captivated by Bear's incredibly complex, broken characters; multilayered themes of redemption; and haunting, world-breaking decisions. Its finale is both rewarding and compelling."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Bear creates a world with an astonishing depth of mythology.... Bear's world building echoes the best of Zelazny and pulls the reader into the story and the history until it's over."--"Booklist" (starred review)"You should read this book; you should read it because the entire thing - from beginning to end - pushes sense-of-wonder buttons so hard you almost want to hit the pause button, forget about the plot, and""look."" Bear holds nothing back, and everything that she pulls into her story just gleams with that special wonder of discovery. I could not put this down."--"The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction" Praise for "All the Windwracked Stars: ""Hugo winner Bear perfectly captures the essence of faded hopes and exhausted melancholy in this postapocalyptic melodrama based loosely upon Norse mythology. Readers will be captivated by Bear's incredibly complex, broken characters; multilayered themes of redemption; and haunting, world-breaking decisions. Its finale is both rewarding and compelling."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)"Bear creates a world with an astonishing depth of mythology.... Bear's world building echoes the best of Zelazny and pulls the reader into the story and the history until it's over."--"Booklist" (starred review)"You should read this book; you should read it because the entire thing - from beginning to end - pushes sense-of-wonder buttons so hard you almost want to hit the pause button, forget about the plot, and""look"." Bear holds nothing back, and everything that she pulls into her story just gleams with that special wonder of discovery. I could not put this down."--"The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction"
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About Elizabeth Bear

ELIZABETH BEAR was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the award-winning author of ten previous novels, and received the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. Bear lives in Hartford, CT, with a presumptuous cat.
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300 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 24% (73)
4 40% (120)
3 27% (81)
2 8% (23)
1 1% (3)
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