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Madbond (Sea King Trilogy, Book 1) (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Nancy Springer (Author)

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Title:Madbond (Sea King Trilogy, Book 1)
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Whereas most fantasy is Tolkeinesque in terms of its setting, and Tolkein drew inspiration from Germanic and European legends, Nancy Springer's setting for this series seems to draw from a wider range of influences, in particular native American ones.

The land is divided amongst six tribes, each identified by a different animal totem (otter, seal, hart, fanged horse, etc.) The young King of the Seal Kindred is required by tradition to keep a lonely vigil on every full moon. One night his vigil is interrupted by a crazed warrior of the Red Hart tribe, wielding not a weapon of flint, but an unknown, hard, shiny substance (metal). The story follows the two men as the Red Hart warrior is nursed back to health, and having lost his memory, tries to understand how he came to leave his tribe and acquire the strange weapon. At the same time, a fearsome evil seems to be stirring, as horrors from the deep are abroad, carrying off children and others. Could the two things be related somehow? (Hint: yes.)

This is not fantasy on an epic scale - no clashing armies, palace intrigues, fallen kingdoms etc. But while the author keeps the scale of the quest small (the book itself is only 210 pages long), she managed to give it great depth and detail in its cultures, myths and history. The relationship that develops between the two main characters is also well written and is a major part of the tale. This is a well-told story and one that is engaging from the get go. I'm looking forward to the next instalment. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Apr 2, 2010 |
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I am a madman, a murderer, a mystic and some say a god.
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A king and a madman in a dying world must join together, facing monsters and terrors to save what few mortals still remain, in the first book of the masterful Sea King Trilogy by one of fantasy fiction's most accomplished world builders Once there were towering cities filled with masses of people. But no longer. Now six dwindling tribes huddle between the plains and the sea. Once the woodlands teemed with all manner of creatures-until the terrible Devourers swooped down from the skies to feed on them. Now all is silent. Rad Korridun, king of the Seal Kindred tribe, seeks the answers that will save his people. To find them he must join with Dannoc, accused of foul murder and driven mad by the horrors he has witnessed but cannot remember. Kor and Dan are bonded together by a great and powerful magic, their minds and spirits and hearts united as one. On their journey they join with Tassida-the tribeless wanderer and warrior, beautiful and mysterious. But what awaits them beyond the mountains is a darkness that dwarfs all nightmares as destiny draws them ever closer to the source of the end to all things.… (more)

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