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Scion's Blood Book Two of The Chronicles of Firma (The Chroncles of Firma) (édition 2007)

par Pat Nelson Childs (Auteur)

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Trouble is brewing all over Firma. Three years have passed since Rokey and his companions saved the Brotherhood of the Noble Contemplative from infiltration by the evil Order of the Bone. In the kingdom of Duncileer, palace unrest and the threat of war rattle the peace of mind of the gentle giant, Lorq, his wife Kyzee and their two-year-old son, Broq. Fia, feeling restless, has arrived from the distant pleasure realm of Respite. When a plot to murder King Hobar unfolds, Kyzee, now captain of the King's Guard, is caught up in a web of betrayal and intrigue that will ripple throughout the land. Meanwhile, in the elf forest where they've settled, Rokey and Flaskamper are encountering some serious bumps in the road to marital bliss. Flaskamper is battling feelings of despondency and suffocation, and Rokey, unable to communicate with him, has buried himself in his studies with the High Elf Mage, Ellispon. When the two decide to separate, it gives Rokey's enemies in the Order of the Bone the opportunity they've been waiting for . They abduct him from Elfwood and whisk him away to their stronghold in the north, intent on sacrificing him in order to achieve the goal for which they've worked so long - the return of their living god, Cyure. Now Flaskamper, joined once again by his old friends, as well as some new companions, must embark on a journey to rescue Rokey, as well as see if they can recover the love that first brought the two of them together. Once again the journey takes them to the east, this time to the dark and danger-filled kingdom of Ulgiarrah, then north through the haunted forest of Gloomsveldt, to Moribar, their enemy's seat of power. But time is against them. The sacrifice is to take place at the rising of the next new moon. As they battle to overcome one hindrance after another, Flaskamper becomes more and more desperate to reach his true love before it is too late to save his life, their love . perhaps even Firma itself.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Scion's Blood Book Two of The Chronicles of Firma (The Chroncles of Firma)
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Info:Glynworks Publishing (2007), 388 pages
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Also good. A bit of a slow start, but ended well. ( )
  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
The second book in the Chronicles of Firma trilogy leaves this reader eager for the final chapter. http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/04/29/235942.php ( )
  eclecticlibrarian | Apr 30, 2008 |
This sequel to “Orphan’s Quest” took me longer to get into, but it was well worth it. It was slow for me not because it isn’t a great story, but because I knew our happy couple was going to separate. I was happy when Flash and Rokey decided to marry. I liked them together. That’s not to say I don’t understand that the first few years of a marriage can be difficult, with doubts and insecurities. And certainly a clever enemy would take advantage of such an opportunity. But, I didn’t want it to happen! Yet, overcoming separation is something of a theme here. The first third of the novel shows us the original companions spread across the world, living new lives. The reader must follow a few different story threads. Yet, those stories have an underlying connection. The Order of the Bone has reached into every land. While the first novel had quest in the title, it was more a journey of self discovery and finding one’s destiny. This book is a quest! When Rokey and Flash are betrayed, Rokey is kidnapped by the Order and Flash must gather his friends to rescue his true love, and the possible savior of all Firma. The hunt is on!

“Scions’ Blood” gives more depth to the mythology of Firma as well as advancing the plot from book one. Since our heroes are settled at the beginning, we can get more information on the world without interrupting the action. One especially good bit is the revelation of “No-When,” another dimension that sits alongside this one. Rokey has been training with the Elf mages to harness his powers. He accidentally travels through No-When while trying to test the limits of his power. It is something akin to Anne McCaffrey’s “Between,” only things live in it. And a malevolent mind is asleep there. Oh, and did I mention it happens to be the source of magic? A clever bit of storytelling that is at once familiar and brand new. The reader is also introduced to new species who live in Firma, not the least of which are Firecats and Dragons. Childs is very skilled at pulling themes from classic fantasy and making them his own. The Order is trying to resurrect a god, Cyure, who believes in bringing peace to Firma through absolute dictatorship. Only Cyure’s brother opposes this. Certainly, this borrows a bit from Eddings, but the idea reaches back to ancient Greek myths as well. Yet, Childs manages to take it down a new path. One that gives some explanation to Rokey’s destiny (and which I will not spoil here). What we are left with is a richer world that these characters exist in and we now have a stake in.

One weakness of this installment is the lack of the main character – Rokey. After he is kidnapped, we do not see him again until near the end (though we do get some answers – woohoo!). This is something of a disappointment because he is such a dynamic character. What are his powers; what is he destined for? However, into this void the author gives us more development of Alrontin, Flash’s elder brother. The Elf Prince is noble, brave and seriously flawed, just like everyone else. His interaction gives more dimension to Flash, as well as Elven society. A worthy hero to replace Stamford for the companions. Though the quest does get bogged down occasionally in descriptions of “where we are, and where we are going” (just like every other quest story I have read) the book remains fast paced, and exciting. Just as with the first novel, there is enough conclusion to keep me from gritting my teeth in frustration, but the story is far from over. Overall, an excellent sequel to Orphan’s Quest that manages to bridge into “Numen’s Trust” without being just a middle book. I can hardly wait for the next installment. Highly recommended! ( )
1 voter jshillingford | Feb 11, 2008 |
Firma: book two darker, but still fabulous
The second book of Pat Nelson Child's Chronicles of Firma trilogy, Scion's Blood, is just as adventurous and fun as the first installment was. The story begins rather slowly and the first few chapters are somewhat domesticky. (Is that even a word?) By that, I mean Rokey and Flaskamper are having serious marital problems. It's been three years since Orphan's Quest ended and Rokey's studies and training with the High Mage is taking all of his time and leaving very little for Flaskamper, who naturally is feeling neglected. With both of them misinterpreting each other's actions, a wedge is driven between them and they begin drifting apart. But then two separate kidnappings occur - first, the young daughter of the King of Duncileer, and then Rokey himself, and here the story really kicks into high gear. The rescue attempts are orchestrated and the tension is high as the two separate story lines play well against each other. More history is revealed of the nefarious Order of the Bone, and new heroic characters are introduced.

I also must give kudos to the author for a very poignant scene involving the character of Fia. It actually took place in the timeframe of the first book, but Childs very wisely held it back to be included in this book as a flashback. The reveal is much more powerful being recalled after three years of healing and reflection than it would have been if it were kept chronologically in place in the first book.

This book is a little darker and a bit gorier that the first. That's generally true of most Fantasy/Sci-fi serials, even the Harry Potter books kept getting darker and scarier. There's also a bit more sexual innuendo, but it's still teen safe. Only the most conservative, fundamentalist parents would object, and they would probably object more to the gay aspect of it anyway.

The only minor quibble I have is that nearly all the characters have a tendency to overuse nicknames and terms of endearment. While it's true that Flaskamper and his brother Alrontin are very close, it sometimes felt a little too cloying for them to be dribbling sweetness to each other.

But I digress. For me, Scion's Blood is a solidly-crafted fantasy adventure, with plenty of action-filled battles, magic and romance. I happily await the conclusion in Numen's Trust. ( )
2 voter markprobst | Dec 11, 2007 |
Cette critique a été rédigée par l'auteur .
This is one of my own titles, so I can't review it. I can, however, recommend it. It will be available everywhere November 30th. ( )
  patnelsonchilds | Nov 28, 2007 |
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Trouble is brewing all over Firma. Three years have passed since Rokey and his companions saved the Brotherhood of the Noble Contemplative from infiltration by the evil Order of the Bone. In the kingdom of Duncileer, palace unrest and the threat of war rattle the peace of mind of the gentle giant, Lorq, his wife Kyzee and their two-year-old son, Broq. Fia, feeling restless, has arrived from the distant pleasure realm of Respite. When a plot to murder King Hobar unfolds, Kyzee, now captain of the King's Guard, is caught up in a web of betrayal and intrigue that will ripple throughout the land. Meanwhile, in the elf forest where they've settled, Rokey and Flaskamper are encountering some serious bumps in the road to marital bliss. Flaskamper is battling feelings of despondency and suffocation, and Rokey, unable to communicate with him, has buried himself in his studies with the High Elf Mage, Ellispon. When the two decide to separate, it gives Rokey's enemies in the Order of the Bone the opportunity they've been waiting for . They abduct him from Elfwood and whisk him away to their stronghold in the north, intent on sacrificing him in order to achieve the goal for which they've worked so long - the return of their living god, Cyure. Now Flaskamper, joined once again by his old friends, as well as some new companions, must embark on a journey to rescue Rokey, as well as see if they can recover the love that first brought the two of them together. Once again the journey takes them to the east, this time to the dark and danger-filled kingdom of Ulgiarrah, then north through the haunted forest of Gloomsveldt, to Moribar, their enemy's seat of power. But time is against them. The sacrifice is to take place at the rising of the next new moon. As they battle to overcome one hindrance after another, Flaskamper becomes more and more desperate to reach his true love before it is too late to save his life, their love . perhaps even Firma itself.

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