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The Bone Doll's Twin(Tamír Triad, #1)
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined...
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.
Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line — and from Illior’s faithful, who spread the Oracle’s words to a doubting populace.
As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king’s nephew — his sister’s only child — grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess’s daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.
Only Tobin’s noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king’s wrath, a mother’s madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother’s demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder...
"A thoroughly engrossing new fantasy. It got its hooks into me on the first page and didn't let go." - George R. R. Martin
"Lynn Flewelling's The Bone Doll's Twin outshines even the gleaming promise shown inher earlier three books. The story pulled me under and carried me off with it in a relentless tale that examines whether the ends can ever completely justify the means." - Robin Hobb
The Bone Doll's Twin is the first book of The Tamir Trilogy.
Lynn Flewelling has done it again - she's written a fascinating and dark book for adults. This is one of the best fantasy books I've read and I can highly recommend it to all fantasy readers.
If you liked The Nightrunner books, you should read The Bone Doll's Twin. I'm sure you'll love it. :)