- Title: A Sorcerer's Treason
- Author: Sarah Zettel
- ISBN: 9780765343741
- Page: 210
- Format: Paperback
A World of Magic and Peril 1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island s shoals, and rescues its lone occupant The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is incredibly destA World of Magic and Peril 1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island s shoals, and rescues its lone occupant The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is incredibly destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn t know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home .
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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Bridget Lederle is the lighthouse keeper on Sand Island, Wisconsin in 1899. She's an outcast, having had a baby (which died) while she was single. One night she saves the life of mysterious Valin Kalami whose boat crashed onto the rocky shore of Lake Superior.It turns out that Kalami is a sorcerer sent from the kingdom of Isavalta to find Bridget — who doesn't realize that she has a tie to this parallel world and some powers of her own. With not much to [...]
What I like most about this book – series, in fact – is the unusual setting. So many fantasy books are set in the same sort of western European, pseudo-medieval setting. These books begin in late nineteenth-century America but the majority of the story takes place in an alternate world made up of cultures drawn from Russian, Indian and Chinese history. Immediately the world feels richer, more colourful and infinitely more interesting than many books I’ve read in recent years.Furthermore, s [...]
Does exactly what it says on the tin, and what it says is treason, betrayal, uneasy alliances with unreliable great powers, and people promising you great destinies and great power. So not exactly to my taste, which is an indicator that I perhaps should read the tin more carefully.
I'm impressed with Sarah Zettel's ability to create worlds ranging from her light adult murder mysteries in a vampire/chef world, to YA historical fiction set in the 1776 court of King George 1, and another YA historical fiction (with fairies!) set during the Dust Bowl period in America. And now she builds a fantasy world with Russian, Indian, and Chinese motifs, whose court intrigues and political upheaval pull Bridget from her lonely world faithfully tending the lighthouse on Lake Superior to [...]
I almost reevaluated my one star rating planned for this book after seeing the most recent reviews giving it 4 or 5. Im aware that there's a chance I have just read SO much fantasy and have such firm favourites that I'm likely to be overly critical But then I didn't feel that way when I gave Percheron 5 stars last month.So one star it is.I think the books introduction is too long, too much time is spent getting Bridget to the place where he story will begin. Not only that but the intro is where [...]
I am sometimes suspicious of fantasy stories based on people from our world crossing into A Magical Land. This book is an excellent example of that trope working well.Bridget is smart, tough, and competent, and it's a good thing, too, as she is plunged into a world where magic is rife and promises mean more than she is used to. She has to learn to navigate with the dubious assistance of the treasonous sorcerer.There are three sequels, and each of them moves through a different part of Isavalta, [...]
This book slots neatly into the category of "too good to be true fantasy", where the main character is led to another world where she is not only incredibly magically powerful, but is also the child of a legendary sorcerer, and a legend in her own right. People gape at her in the streets and kiss her feet, that sort of thing. Amazingly, back in her home world (ie our world) she is shunned because she had an illegitimate child. She's a bit too good to be true, our Bridget (who is a lighthouse kee [...]
Beautifully written and an engaging tale set in an evocatively detailed world with strong emphasis on Russian folklore. I've read this book thrice now - the third reading was just after I finished reading book #2, The Ursurper's Crown. I would actually recommend reading #2 first as it contains the backstory of Bridget and I think enhances the plot more if you know the story behind Medeann as well.Filled with twists, turns and political intrigue, Sorcerer's Treason is about an Earth woman (with s [...]
What a terrific book!This book succeeds at doing a slow burn, pulling together characters of disparate political goals without overly complicating the plot, and creates a rich fantasy universe in the world of Isavalta. Every character has depth, is fully rounded, seems real. The complexity was fascinating, and I didn't want the book to end because I didn't want to leave the world she'd created.In some ways, it reminded me of Donaldson's "The Mirror Of Her Dreams," but better.
I was on some long flights and looking for some light fantasy, and this didn’t disappoint. The premise is pretty standard; the action is enjoyable; the world is richly built and left me curious enough to consider picking up the next book the next time I’m traveling. All around solid.
In the year 1899 Bridget is the keeper of the lighthouse on Sand Island in Lake Superior, having taken over the job her father had until he died. She thought she had found love, had a child with Asa, but he left never to return, and Anna didn't make it through a full year. Bridget has one or two friends, but many of the townspeople are disapproving and almost openly hostile to her. When Kalami crashes on her beach and starts telling her of Isavalta, magic, and how she is needed there, she thinks [...]
This has to be one of the most frustrating books I've ever read! It wasn't only the bad kind though, it was actually mostly the "I can't put this book down because I must know what happens next" kind. The plot isn't a very complicated one and this is mostly due to quite a few different POV's that give the reader an all knowing perspective. But I found that this was exactly what made reading A Sorcerer's Treason so entertaining. The reader knows who the good and the bad are but Bridget Lederle (t [...]
Rating: Interesting in parts, but it never really captured my interest enough to read it faster. The setting is imaginative, as is the magical system. The main character is certainly complex and worthy of caring about, yet this book took me nearly a month to read because I never really felt compelled to get back to it until the last quarter of the book when the threads finally began to come together.
Wasn't too sure at the start, seemed a little slow going building the main characters but I kept on reading. Was worth it in the end. After Bridget the main character got to the other land the book got far more interesting.
I don't like the cop-out visions and the magic system is too vague.
De Ware Heks is geschreven door een talentvolle schrijfster, maar mist duidelijk een goede editor.Het boek begint met veel vage insinuaties, waardoor het verschrikkelijk lastig is om in het verhaal te komen. Ook de haperige vertaling draagt hier niet aan bij.Na een pagina of 50 neemt het verhaal in snelheid toe en als het eenmaal zover is, leest het als een trein. Het is echter wel een boek waarbij de lezer continue oplettend moet zijn. Buiten het feit dat het bomvol intriges zit, hecht de schri [...]
Bridget Lederle is the lighthouse keeper on Sand Island, Wisconsin in 1899. She's an outcast, having had a baby (which died) while she was single. One night she saves the life of mysterious Valin Kalami whose boat crashed onto the rocky shore of Lake Superior.It turns out that Kalami is a sorcerer sent from the kingdom of Isavalta to find Bridget — who doesn't realize that she has a tie to this parallel world and some powers of her own. With not much to keep her on Sand Island, she agrees to r [...]
The story begins with Bridget, a scorned woman in her small town, saves a stranger from a ship wreck. Bridget lives in a lighthouse during the summer and dreads returning to the town. The stranger turns out to be from another world and offers Bridget a chance to be more than a lighthouse keeper – she has premonitions and in the stranger's world, this indicates powerful sorcerer. Bridger chooses to return to return with the stranger to Isavalta and becomes quickly involved in the political intr [...]
This was a re-read because my husband got me the prequel to this for Christmas. I thought it was better on my second reading, probably because Usurper's Crown (the pre-quel) provided a good amount of backstory which I wondered about on my first read. I love the combination of Chinese and Russian folklore along with a new fantasy world present in the book and its companions. It's not a combination that I've read before. The Empress Medeoan is a tragic figure who is easy to both feel sorry for and [...]
It started off as intriguing, but the introduction dragged on too long for my tastes. I read three - or perhaps more - chapters into the book, and it was still preparing for the actual beginning, where Bridget would finally enter Isavalta and start putting things in their right places. The introduction was too long, and with too little attention-snagging incidents that would keep a reader on their toes till the actual story body began.
This is the first of Zettel's fantasies I've picked up after very much enjoying and seeking out her science fiction novels. But, so far, I'd say stick to her science fiction. This book, sadly, had boring characters and a predictable plot. So, instead of wasting your time on this one, check out Fool's War or Playing God, both excellent, exciting, and thought-provoking reads with intriguing characters and riveting plots.
Book #24 of 2008. I found this a bit dull at first, but got swept into the stories a few chapters in. I found some elements stiff and predictable at times. The dialogue,intended to be late 19th century, seems forced at times. But the story is good. My favorite is when Bridget weaves spells through the air via dance. I love the idea and the image. I will most likely pick up the second book.
I read the final book of this trilogy first so this was a bit of a forensic foray. I am happy to report that knowing how the story ends didn't diminish my enjoyment of this book in the least. I'm keen to read Sarah Zettel's other books, and I was glad to find her website so I can see what she writes next! Was a little disappointed to see that her LiveJournal had been deleted however ;)
What a fantastic fantasy world. Plenty of complex intrigue, shifting character allegiances, and dastardly deeds motivated by entirely understandable and in some ways even noble motivations. Combine that with a unique magic system and I was thoroughly delighted. I look forward to reading the remainder of the series.
So, in the book Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King, a charachter said that you can give up on a book after 10%. I did him one better and read to 20%. Then, it just got weird. I tried, I really did, but I couldn't make it through. Good luck to all who try! You'll need it
A young woman lighthousekeeper, shunned by many in her village, is offered a chance to go to a different world - a world of magic and romance. But she finds that that world too has its dangers. Zettel is a fine storyteller.
This was first of the 4 books in this series, I read it after I read all of her excellent science fiction. This series is more fantasy, and a very involved story, I liked it, read the next one and liked it less so stopped there.
Slow to build, and in many ways not what I expected. At times it felt like there were too many plotlines and too many players (I don't love complicated court intrigue scenarios), but it paid off in the resolution.
Don't let the lame cover art deter you from reading this book, it is fantastic. It was a book that made me think I knew exactly what was going to happen within the first fifteen or so pages and then nothing went like I expected it to. Maybe I'm just easily fooled yeah that's probably it.
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