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A plague of giants, Kevin Hearne

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A plague of giants
Title
A plague of giants
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Hearne
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "This gifted writer creates his own mythology, complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts. MOTHER AND WARRIOR: Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd's two sons--all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men. SCHOLAR AND SPY: Dervan is an historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he's drawn into intrigue when he's hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light. REBEL AND HERO: Abhi's family have always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all--if it doesn't destroy him first. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine--and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend."--
  • "Enter an unforgettable world...one that is forever changed when an army of giants invades. The kingdom's only hope: the discovery of a magic that will call wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind"--
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Review
  • Urban fantasist Hearne (the Iron Druid Chronicles) stumbles badly in his first epic fantasy novel, which fails to make good use of elements borrowed from real-world cultures. An illusionist bard who can take on the appearance of the person whose story he is retelling recounts the events of a year prior: a volcanic eruption disrupts the years of peace among the nations of Teldwen, heralding the coming of two races of pale giants: one from a known nation looking for refuge after the destruction of their island, and another of unknown origin whose mission seems to be looting and slaughtering. The story is imaginative and engrossing, but some readers won’t look kindly on the inclusion of one nation that uses the guise of being refugees to mask an attempt at invasion and another with clear South Asian influence, the portrayal of which centers around foul odor, poverty, and the lack of magical ability. (When one does acquire magic, he uses it to become a snake charmer.) The pale Hathrim are depicted as sympathetic even after they invade another nation, take their land, and start a war. The inclusion of an additional narrator whose importance is unclear just adds to the muddle. This is an altogether disappointing first glimpse into Hearne’s Seven Kennings series. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/17/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 29, p)
  • It has been a year since the continent was pitched into war after centuries of peace, with two races of giants attacking the land. Now the bard Fintan has arrived in Pelemy, where survivors have gathered, to sing how the Giants' War began and continues. He uses his power, his kenning, to shapeshift, taking on the physical appearance of each person whose story is being told. At Fintan's side and recording his narrative is the historian Dervan. From the various players involved in this war, one theme emerges: the only hope for humankind's survival is the discovery of a fresh magic, a new kenning, which will bring some of the world's greatest beasts to fight at their side. The stakes are high, and not everyone will be alive at the end of the bard's tale. VERDICT The author of the "Iron Druid Chronicles" launches a new epic fantasy series with this bardic tome. Multiple points of view may cause some confusion as the story progresses, and not all readers will appreciate the volume's hefty length. Still, die-hard series fans curious to learn about Hearne's latest direction will definitely pick this one up.—KC --Kristi Chadwick (Reviewed 09/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 15, p57)
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  • Dust jacket
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10575863
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Hearne, Kevin
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • music
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3608.E264
LC item number
P58 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Seven Kennings
Series volume
book 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal
  • FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • Mythology
Label
A plague of giants, Kevin Hearne
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
618 pages
Isbn
9780345548603
Lccn
2017031036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)968300139
Label
A plague of giants, Kevin Hearne
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
618 pages
Isbn
9780345548603
Lccn
2017031036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)968300139

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