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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling master of fantasy, Tracy Hickman, and his wife, author Laura Hickman, offer the first book in a major, new, dragon-laden epic fantasy. The Bronze Canticles is an expansive new saga chronicling the world-altering changes that take place as three connected universes, the Human world, the Goblin world, and the Faery world, are slowly drawn together. In Book One, Mystic Warrior, young Galen Arvad, a human with magical powers, must avoid the ritual that puts those with such talents to death. It seems that in the eyes of the community, magic is a sign of lunacy, and in a yearly ritual the local "crazies" are offered up to the Dragon Priests. Galen is suddenly captured and imprisoned. Now, as Galen's wife, Berkita, and his friend, Cephas the dwarf, set off to rescue him, Galen learns of the fate that awaits him, a fate far worse than even his own death.
Don't miss the rest of the Bronze Canticles Trilogy.
©2004 Tracy Hickman and Laura Curtis; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Impressive and provocative fantasy....This emotionally intense novel's meticulously crafted magical system and likeable characters evoke an atmosphere both timely and timeless. While lively action sequences and rich descriptive passages provide plenty of excitement, mature examinations of politics and individual responsibility lend philosophical weight and emotional poignancy....A fine example of socially conscious and unpredictable imaginative fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 06-04-04

Great story and characters

This is a wonderful book. I took it on a 9 hour trip, and I couldn't wait for the return trip to finish it!
I was a little confused at first, because of the way the story starts out, but once the story really got going I was completely entranced. I love they way the stories weave in and out of each other, developing each character individually, but not completely excluding the others. The way the characters see each other in their dreams is some of my favorite parts of the story. My only complaint was that the authors dropped off Galen's wife's tale.
The complexity of the stories intertwining give the story a lot of depth and I can't wait until the next book comes out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Marie on 06-07-04

Appealing to fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike.

This is original fantasy right up there with George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire series (though VERY different). The authors build a complex world inhabited by goblins, men, dragons and dwarves that in no way resembles anything I've ever read before (and I am a fantasy fan). Miraculously, this story does not include the same host of familiar (and, by now, tiresome) characters first created by Tolkien. This may be the first fantasy book I've read that doesn't include ANY of the following characters: 1. hapless country lad who only wants to lead a quiet life but is forced to leave his home by a 2. wise old wizard/teacher who has chosen him for a dangerous quest to save the world or 3. a tall, solitary and brooding ranger with a mysterious and kingly past who protected aforementioned lad and old man on their quest. Try this book, even if you don't like fantasy, you won't regret it.

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