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Blood and Iron: A Novel of the Promethean Age (Book 1) (edition 2008)

by Elizabeth Bear

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Title:Blood and Iron: A Novel of the Promethean Age (Book 1)
Authors:Elizabeth Bear
Info:Roc (2008), Paperback, 448 pages
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Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear

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    Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (bell7)
    bell7: While Blood and Iron draws on the legends of Tam Lin, Arthur, and others, Fire and Hemlock is solely a retelling of Tam Lin. Both are slightly strange retellings, but do so in entirely different manners.

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  Ebeth.Naylor | Sep 30, 2013 |

Characters: Eh. The main chic was good. The others felt flat.

Plot: No real clue what was going on. And not in a good way.

Style: Kinda Fairie, but I prefer more concrete info. ( )
  Isamoor | May 11, 2013 |
Urban Fantasy based in New York. Where Faerie is mad, bad and dangerous to know and there are a lot of people trying to capture and use the Merlin, a human who embodies magic. One of the people chasing him is Seeker, spellbound by the Faerie Queen.

It's clever and interesting and I do want to read more in this series! ( )
  wyvernfriend | Oct 2, 2011 |
Elaine Andraste, a half-human half-Faery changeling, is bound to serve the Queen of the Daoine Sidhe as her Seeker, finding other changelings like herself and bringing them back to court to swell the dwindling ranks of Faery. In addition to the magical geas the Queen, also known as the Mebd, has placed on Elaine, the Mebd holds Elaine's son hostage for her good behavior. Now Elaine is tasked with a new kind of hunt...she is to track down and bring to their side the new Merlin that has been born into this world. Merlins are rare, human beings who are more than wizards--they are made of magic and bound to the Dragon who sits at the heart of the world, doing Her bidding and assisting Her Dragon Prince in bringing about great changes. Having a Merlin on the side of the Daoine Sidhe in a time when human technology and steel--and magic, as well--have effectively bound the world of Faery and weakened its power greatly--would be a huge asset in their continuing struggle to survive. However, the Promethean Society of human mages and the Unseelie Court of Faery also wish to win the Merlin to their side, sending their own Seekers and emissaries. If Elaine is to save her son, her lover, herself, and, ultimately, all of Faery itself, she must navigate the deep and treacherous waters of Faery politics and win the loyalty of a woman whose magic is tied to the roots of the world.

A wonderfully complex, literary urban fantasy that draws heavily on traditional British, Scottish, and Irish faery lore, 'Blood and Iron' is a stand-out in a field littered with leather pant-clad vampire hunting vixens. Recommended for those who like their fantasy thick and rich. ( )
  kmaziarz | Mar 8, 2010 |
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But first ye'll let the black gae by,
And then ye'll let the brown;
Then I'll ride on a milk-white steed,
You'll pull me to the ground.
- "Tam Lin," Child Ballad version #39C
This book is for the Bad Poets and for Jennifer Jackson, who between them made me keep writing it until I got it right.
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Mathew the Magician leaned against a wrought iron lamppost on Forty-second Street, idly picking at the edges of his ten iron rings and listening to his city breathe into the warm September night.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451460928, Paperback)

She is known as Seeker. Spellbound by the Faerie Queen, she has abducted human children for her mistress’s pleasure for what seems like an eternity, unable to free herself from servitude and reclaim her own humanity.

Seeker’s latest prey is a Merlin. Named after the legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlins are not simply those who wield magic––they are magic. Now, with the Prometheus Club’s agents and rivals from Faerie both vying for the favor of this being of limitless magic to tip the balance of power, Seeker must persuade the Merlin to join her cause—or else risk losing something even more precious and more important to her than the fate of humankind.…

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In the twelfth book of the series, Harry finds out he has a daughter and has to work with his former lover, Susan Rodriguez, to protect them both.

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