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The Bone Doll's Twin Audiobook

The Bone Doll's Twin: Tamir Triad, Book 1

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Long ago, during the dark days of the Great War with Pleinmar, King Thelatimos journeyed to the Oracle of the God Illior at Afra to save his warn-torn kingdom. Here he was presented with a prophecy 'So long as a daughter of Thelatimos's line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated.' And that is how the line of queens ruling over Skala was established...

However, as generations went by, the male heirs to the throne became intensely resentful of the prophecy that emasculated their claim to power. Finally Queen Agnalain took the throne and the people of Skala suffered under her erratic and selfish command. Prompted by the people's outcry over this mad queen, her son Prince Erius claimed primogeniture, and seized the throne. Erius's ascent may have pleased the people of Skala, but a faction of the population, one who had not forgotten the prophecy, were worried. Plague, drought and famine spread throughout the kingdom weakening it's defences and offering easy pickings to Skala's old enemy and neighbour, Plenimar.

As people start to recall the Oracle's prophecy, Erius begins to quietly kill off his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy. Constantly in fear for her life, Princess Ariani the King's sister, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius, the patron of the powerful wizard Iya, and Iya has sinister plans for the babes.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Lynn Flewelling.

©2001 Lynn Flewelling; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 07-30-11
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2011

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Read After First Three Books in Nightrunner Series"

    I've found this first book to be very good - more in the Anne Rice vein than typical fantasy, however. Because this series jumps into a unique universe already fully realized, there's not a lot of background explanation of terminology/geography - it assumes you know the world the author has created. I'd highly recommend the first 3 books in the Nightrunner series before starting this trilogy.

    I disagree that the book is unrelentingly depressive. It does begin with the murder of a child, but that's the crux of everything that follows and realistically casts the main characters in that plot setting. Also disagree with the comments of plot holes simply because it ignores the fact that even by the end of the book, there's no proof or certainty that the king was actually having female heirs killed - you believe that has happened but complaining that he didn't kill his half-sister ignores the repeated lines that the king did love this half-sister dearly. For me, having a character be completely, 100% evil is silly and the author avoids those kind of black and white depictions for all of the characters.

    I think this first book is a great start.

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    Sir Shopper 05-03-10
    Sir Shopper 05-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "An incredible work of fantasy fiction!"

    An incredible work of fantasy fiction! It is so rare to find an author who can master plot and go deep in character. She describes this world so well and in such detail while masterfully moving the plot forward so as to not bog the reader down.

    The Narrator, Victor Bevine, has the ability to bring forth several different voices for each character, intimately knowing each character and matching tone and intention perfectly.

    I feel like I lived inside this world! Bravo!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 12-29-10
    bluestategirl Vermont 12-29-10 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Not a bad beginning, but . . ."

    I hated this series. By the time you're done with it, you feel completely depressed. It is the opposite of entertainment.

    The story is unrelentingly grim. I love dark fantasy, and horror/gothic style stories, but this one starts with the murder of a newborn baby, and just goes downhill from there. I especially hated the lack of logic in the story. A King has all the women and girls in his bloodline murdered, including newborns, so that he won't have competition for the throne -- but incredibly, he allows his sister, the rightful ruler, to live. It makes no sense. There are countless nonsensical plot holes like this one, that just make the awful things Flewelling tossed into the story, feel excessive and gratuitous.

    I regret having filled my mind with the images it provokes. Read with caution.

    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Lansing, IL, United States 09-22-16
    Lauren Lansing, IL, United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Still like it since first read in 2001"
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    I read this story in 2001, way before it became an audio book and find myself coming back to re-read or relisten to it every now and then. It was so far out of the norm when it came out that it was unexpected and satisfying. The world building, the character development still hold up after 15 years. I sometimes find world building tedious, but for some reason Flewelling's descriptions are always interesting to me. Every book goes over different kinds of things, how castles and cities functions, court life. The magics of each culture are truly different. But at the core there is always a solid understanding of the characters.

    The darkness in this book isn't darkness for darkness sake. There is something to this theme of the god who brings great gifts and madness at the same time. And I suppose at the center the main character brings me back, because I always enjoy the characters that have genuine kindness matched with strength, like a Harry Potter or a Katniss Everdeen. Unique people, well drawn, but ones who care about more than just themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 03-16-16
    jennifer 03-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "slow beginning, fabulous middle, maddening ending"

    loved it. the first chapter was a bit of a struggle. Setting all the characters and defining their roles was a bit difficult but by the second chapter the speed picked up and I couldn't put it down. I had to finish it and I knew when the last chapter came that there had to be a whole book left unspoken. I was sad that I did not have that next book. I can't wait till it comes out to find out how this story really ends.

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    MacKenzie 01-01-16
    MacKenzie 01-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Spooky and Wonderfully Performed"
    If you could sum up The Bone Doll's Twin in three words, what would they be?

    Haunting, engaging, and emotive.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Doll's Twin to and why?

    The Tamir Triad in general reminds me of the "Snow White, Blood Red" series of adult fairy tales edited by Datlow and Windling. It has an excellent feeling of prophecy, destiny, and inevitability.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine and Lynn Flewelling – was your favorite?

    I loved how Bevine did voices. They were wonderful. He's one of my favorite readers in a long while. Duke Rhius was particularly good; I felt the weight of his decisions and love for his family.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't call crying an "extreme reaction" but I definitely did cry. Despite this being a re-read for me, I left with a feeling of melancholy. The characters in this book had to make some hard choices, and endure some sadness, and I kept some of that with me after reading.


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    Plaid 06-28-15
    Plaid 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    An entertaining read with a compelling premise, I can't wait to hear the rest of the series!

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    Becky Laguna Hills, CA, United States 02-28-15
    Becky Laguna Hills, CA, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Gothic Fantasy"

    I enjoyed the story but there are some caviats to my rating. The author definitely wants you to feel the emotions and growth of the character, Tobin, but I feel there is some lack of development on some of the larger political backgrounds that would make this more believable for some readers.

    I'm not sure I toally agree with other reviewers that a major plot hole is to be found with Tobin's mother avoiding the king's assassins all of his other female relatives fall down dead. Some vague allusions are made about the politics and love protecting Tobin's mother, but I didn't really feel convinced. Perhaps if the politics were more clearly explained in this book beyond just vague prophecy, the plot hole would be shored up . Obviously the book has factions in its politics, and they play a very important role in Tobin's life, so I myself would have enjoyed learning more about them.

    That said I feel there are some interesting characters in this book that warrant 4 vs 3 stars. It definitely is not a book that is cookie cutter and I'm interested to see some of the other hard decisions that the author forces her characters into.

    This book is more focused on the emerging sexuality of Tobin and allowing all other explanations to fall to magic. There are a lot of dark consequences to the decisions made for Tobin at an early age by his guardians that are out of his control and greatly shape who he will become when the magic is removed. This book is not a political drama in a fantasy setting. If you're looking for that, this is probably not the book for you.

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    Talon 02-14-15
    Talon 02-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Everything unfolded so perfectly."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story wasn't a "perfect happy story", but something about the way the events move feels so, right. This book is satisfying to me in a way I can't explain.

    The setting is internally consistent in a way that others are not. In many stories I find myself talking to the auther, explaining why what they just stated doesn't fit their own setting:

    (i.e. the sexism that is ever present in A Song of Fire and Ice. Where does it come from? The main kingdom was formed by three drgon riding warriors two of which were women. Half their gods are women including their goddess of wisdom. And before that kingdom the people were more like the wildlings, having spesr wives. And many of the people accross the sea supposedly view things differently. And yet everywere you go in those books has men spewing sexist comments like it's all they know.)

    I'm a big fan of game of thrones. This book, just the first one, made me feel like I wasted my time listening to game of thrones. I am definitely going to finnish this series, and then I'm going to look for more written by Flewellling. You should do the same.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Doll's Twin?

    There are so many...

    When Arkoniel tells his teacher about Lehl's offer and despite their wizardly chastity she basically tells him: Meh, give her a poke or two, see what happens.

    That one made me laugh for a while. There were so many good dramatic scenes though.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine and Lynn Flewelling ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first and I want more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, do it, do it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Woo! Woo! 09-14-14
    Woo! Woo! 09-14-14
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    "The Best Lynn Flewelling Trilogy so Far"

    While I enjoyed Luck in the Shadows and company, I classify those books as light reading, as we used to call it "a good read." I was somewhat surprised when about halfway through this trilogy I realized that I was thinking of it as a major, substantive work. More than just a good read, but a story that stayed with you and made you think about it long after the last page was turned, the last word spoken.

    This trilogy has more gravitas and also more sense of suspense. That Ms. Flewelling is able to maintain the sense of suspense throughout the book is even more impressive because if you have already read the previous/future Nightrunner series, you broadly know how things turn out. But the artistry is in the details.

    This is ultimately a story of love, romantic and familial, duty and redemption. If the Nightrunner series was more to the young mature audience side of the scale, this is more to the fully mature audience side of the scale, although both series obviously cross over to both types of audience. I especially loved the short epilogue, which I cannot discuss because I do not want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that it will resonate for anyone who has lived long enough to see the superimposed images of those you love both as they are now, and as they were when everyone was young and beginning their journey.

    Victor Bevine did a wonderful job narrating the story. An interesting characterization given the problem facing the main character.

    I highly recommend this series.

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