The Scar

The Scar

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Reaching far beyond sword and sorcery, "The Scar "is a story of two people torn by disaster, their descent into despair, and their reemergence through love and courage. Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, "The Scar "is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him.
Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as "The Wanderer" challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice. Unable to end his suffering by his own hand, Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the curse and the horrible damage he has caused, which can only be repaired by a painful journey down a long and harrowing path. Plotted with the sureness of Robin Hobb and colored with the haunting and ominous imagination of Michael Moorcock, "The Scar "tells a story that cannot be forgotten.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 436 pages
  • 109 x 170 x 30mm | 213g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765367904
  • 9780765367907
  • 599,029

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"Sergey and Marina Dyachenko's "The Scar" blends the simplicity of a parable with the complexity and richness of a Russian novel."
--"Library Journal
""Rich, vivid, tactile prose, with a solid yet unpredictable plot--and an extraordinary depth and intensity of character reminiscent of the finest Russian literature. A truly spellbinding work even audiences jaded by standard U.S./U.K. fantasy will devour."
--"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"Reminiscent of Patricia McKillip's fairy-tale style, this elegant debut by a husband-and-wife team from Kiev combines the somber beauty of Russian literature with the allegoric power of a traditional folk tale. The theme of the double-edged nature of curses should appeal to readers outside the fantasy genre."
--"Library Journal"..".An unorthodox story fringed with magic, romance, secret societies, and whispers of the end of time."
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About Sergey Dyachenko

SERGEY AND MARINA DYACHENKO have received numerous prestigious literary awards for their novels and short stories. They were honored as the European Science Fiction Society's Best Writers of Europe at Eurocon 2005. Marina and Sergey are married and live in Kiev.
This book was translated by Elinor Huntington, who studied Russian Literature at Barnard College and UCLA. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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2 7% (87)
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