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King's Blood Four by Sheri S. Tepper
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I read this book several times & liked it, but really wanted to find the rest of the series. I did finally find them & it was interesting. The second trilogy was a disappointment, though.

There are an interesting set of powers, social groups & areas that are based on chess. The plot is pretty standard, but the window dressing is fairly unique & well done. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
Very interesting concept for a society and fun to read. ( )
  Corillan_ap_Zeirac | Jun 17, 2009 |
Compelling characters, a twisty plot that changes shape when you think you've got it pegged down, a novel concept of magic, spare but evocative writing—this is a very good fantasy tale.

This, Necromancer Nine and Wizard's Eleven form a trilogy that is fairly complete in itself, though the ending did leave some answers to questions a bit vague. There is a follow-on trilogy consisting of Jinian Footseer, Dervish Daughter and Jinian Star-eye that tells the story from the viewpoint of another character, Jinian. It overlaps the latter half of the True Game books in time, often recounting the same events with a completely different perspective and meaning, and then carries the story to a more complete conclusion.

There is a third trilogy...published second...which is chronologically first, telling the story of Peter's mother: The Song of Mavin Manyshaped, The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped and The Search of Mavin Manyshaped. Some say these must be read between the True Game and the Jinian series; I did not find this to be true. I actually preferred to read them third.

These books are less heavy-handed than later Tepper books in terms of social messages, if that's a factor for you. ( )
1 vote TadAD | May 24, 2008 |
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