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The Shattered Vine #2020

The Shattered Vine An island nation has vanished Men of honor and magic have died unnatural deaths Slaves flee in terror Are the silent gods beginning to speak Or is another force at work in the Lands Vin Laura Anne Gil

  • Title: The Shattered Vine
  • Author: Laura Anne Gilman
  • ISBN: 9781439101483
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Shattered Vine By Laura Anne Gilman, An island nation has vanished Men of honor and magic have died unnatural deaths Slaves flee in terror Are the silent gods beginning to speak Or is another force at work in the Lands Vin Laura Anne Gilman s critically acclaimed, Nebula Award nominated Flesh and Fire introduced a brilliantly imagined world where the grapevine cultivated by the Vinearts who know theAn island nation has vanished Men of honor and magic have died unnatural deaths Slaves flee in terror Are the silent gods beginning to speak Or is another force at work in the Lands Vin Laura Anne Gilman s critically acclaimed, Nebula Award nominated Flesh and Fire introduced a brilliantly imagined world where the grapevine cultivated by the Vinearts who know the secrets of wine magic holds together disparate lands Now, confusion, violence, and terror are sweeping over the Lands Vin And four people are at the center of a storm.Jerzy, Vineart apprentice and former slave, was sent by his master to investigate strange happenings and found himself the target of betrayal Now he must set out on his own journey, to find the source of the foul taint that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear By Jerzy s side are Ao, who lives for commerce and the art of the deal Mahault, stoic and wise, risking death in flight from her homeland and Ka nam, once Named Heir of an island principality, whose father has fallen into a magic tangled madness that endangers them all.These four companions will travel far from the earth and the soul of the vine, sailing along coastlines aflame with fear, confronting sea creatures summoned by darkness, and following winds imbued with malice Their journey will take them to the very limits of the Sin Washer s reach and into a battle for the soul of the Lands Vin For two millennia the Sin Washer s Commandment has kept these lands in order Those of magic shall hold no power over men and those princes of power shall hold no magic Now, that law has given way And a hidden force seeks the havoc of revenge.

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    1. Although I was looking forward to this book as the conclusion of the Vineart trilogy, it ultimately didn t satisfy me The magic was fully explored, but parts of it moved very, very slowly The climax was also something of a letdown, both because the final battle didn t really live up to the build up, and also because so much was left unresolved at the end of the book I feel like I don t really know what ultimately happened to a lot of the main characters, and I don t know what to expect from the [...]

    2. Spoilers SpoilersSpoilers.spoilers Spoiler spoiler spoilers spoilers spoilers lots of spoilers you re going to read spoilers to stop reading now spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoilers.You ve been warned Like others I was really put off by the abrupt ending What really bothered me the most about this book was the way Jerzy was forced to use his slaves the way he did Taking lives to save other lives just didn t make sense to me and didn t sit well with me at all I underst [...]

    3. Pretty disappointed in this, the third book in a trilogy The author managed to lose me and I have no idea what HAPPENED at the conclusion of the book Actually the last 100 pages or so I was pretty lost There are a lot of threads to the story but they remained tangled and never drew together The climax appears to be on the last page, which necessarily means there is no anticlimax which was, ha ha, anticlimactic It s kind of sad how this series went downhill the first book was strong, the second w [...]

    4. that s it what happened, this was one of the most confusing and anticlimactic climaxes of a trilogy that i have ever read it was like what was happening was too big for the author to properly understand so her conveyance of the story was vague and dissatisfying its a shame i really like this author i really liked the previous two books i was soooo looking forward to it but it was as though the book was published missing the last 100 pages or so.

    5. Laura Anne Gilman is a great writer Unfortunately, her style is really not for me I prefer a little quick and dirty style, rather than the thoughtful, literary style that she writes in.The story s magic system is where vinearts the mages use spellwine to do magic They also have what is called quiet magic Instead of saying, Jerzy used quiet magic to _________, we hear how he gathered saliva in his mouth to do the magic, what he was thinking, what was going on around him, other spellwines he mig [...]

    6. Man, the ending was abrupt and anti climatic I still liked it and definitely made the last books antics a little palatable But seriously I feel sort of abandoned I wish there had been a little explanation of what happened there between him and the evil mage as well as about his understanding of what Zatim sin washer had done Also, you know about his companions etc.

    7. When I finished this book, my first words were That was depressing This book just seemed very slow and repetitive Actually my favorite scenes were the ones at the Collegium There just didn t seem to be a whole lot going on at House Malech except the same things over and over.

    8. I would have given this 4 stars, but I was extremely pissed at the abrupt ending I did not need an extra 100 pages, but an epilogue with a line or 2 would have been nice Still, I did really enjoy this series I ll have to read it again when I have calmed down.

    9. Final book in the trilogy The ending felt really abrupt I turned the page, expecting story, but it was over Really interesting worldbuilding though Magical wines called spellwines.

    10. This is a good conclusion to the trilogy It is a bit philosophical than the other two, but does allow the author to examine the cause effect of the rules she has created for the world The author also ties together and answers the questions raised earlier in the series However, the ending does come somewhat quietly no big dramatic ending, but the ending was appropriate to the book Great use of symbols, plot, and character development throughout the series.

    11. I enjoyed all three of these books In each one, the author was able to build a world that while complex, was quite original And the magic of the vines and the wine amazing The characters were not terribly deep, but enough to give the story what it needed Many hints and twistse ending was not as good as I had hoped for, but that s just me The way Jerzy grew and matured throughout the story culminated in his understanding of the magic and himself Good enough.

    12. After a long and intriguing journey, Laura Anne Gilman finally brings the Vineart saga to a close in her third novel in the series, The Shattered Vine After the climactic end to the second book in the series, Weight of Stone, which involved Jerzy narrowly saving the lives of his friends from a magical sea serpent, I could not wait to get started on what I hoped was just as exciting of a finish to this Vineart war Just as I predicted, Gilman did not disappoint, and this trilogy will go down as on [...]

    13. Teaser It happened so fast, nobody, not even the solitaire, could react in time.From a nearly frozen tableau, the hound released Mahault s hands and lurched forward, knocking her backward onto the flagstone floor, her head making a hard thunk as it hit Her hands, released, came up, but even as Kainam was reaching for his blade to kill the beast, Jerzy had his hand on the hilt, stopping him The Vineart didn t remember moving, had not taken his eyes off Mahault long enough to see the princeling mo [...]

    14. Jerzy, Mahault, Ao, and K inam return to The Berengia in their ship after battling the Washers and Ximen Ao needs assistance than Jerzy can give on shipboard and Jerzy needs to return to the vineyard There Jerzy is stronger and he will confront Ximen on his own turf The Washers and the Land Lord Ranulf, all of whom want Jerzy to combine forces with them, note Jerzy and his friends returning Jerzy may be Apostate, but he thinks he knows how to stop the darkness that reaches up from the Root to s [...]

    15. A long time ago the Sin Washer split the power of magic between the common man vinearts and the men of power princes so that the princes didn t become tyrants and set the Washers to guard the balance In other words, the powerful princes cannot wield magic and the common people with magic cannot become men of power Also so that vinearts couldn t ever use than two of the available five magics.ing that combining could lead back to the original fear All in an effort to lessen the danger of an evil [...]

    16. Rarely does a series end leaving me so completely content.My fascination with the Vineart War Flesh and Fire, Weight of Stone, The Shattered Vine is with watching its characters grow The grand quest of a fantasy novel carries the story onward, but it is the strength of the characters fumbling their way through what the world is throwing at them that makes the Vineart War so compelling That strong characterization really shines in The Shattered Vine Jerzy has been wavering on the line between sla [...]

    17. The final chapter to a wonderful trilogy The Shattered Vine takes off right where Weight of Stone left off It didn t feel like I was starting another book in a series but continuing the same book Very smooth transition.A story of self discovery as much as anything, war, famine, politics, tradition and legacy Our heroes grow into their roles and the last remnants of being children fall away Jerzy grows in power and legacy, nearly being overwhelmed in his discoveries He only hopes it is enough The [...]

    18. The concluding volume of the Vineart Trilogy continues to explore the nature of Vinearts and mages power and their relationship with grapes and the world s ecosystem The books does an excellent job tying up the major story lines, leaving space for additional stories in this universe The trilogy as a whole is well worth your time, especially if you have started the first book and are intrigued with its magic system and interested by its characters MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW The final volume solidifies [...]

    19. The Shattered Vine by Laura Anne GilmanJerzy, the apprentice Vineart, accepts the changes the magic has made in him and realizes the needs his friends have met The rogue Vineart makes his move to control the known world His despicable brand of magic has successfully created chaos in his major foes Jerzy and his small band are the only obstacle in his insidious way Strange bedfellows perhaps best describe this third book in a marvelous trilogy Ms Gilman has portrayed a very stratified society whe [...]

    20. drey s thoughts Jerzy heads home in this final installment of Laura Anne Gilman s Vineart War trilogy He s left his vines, traveled far and wide, seen creatures real and fantastical, and avoided the Washers He s aware now of the power a vineart mage can wield, yet realizes that with power comes responsibility Oh how I wish that were true of our politicians Ok, sorry, I got distracted Won t happen again The first part of The Shattered Vine covers Jerzy s return with his friends and getting settl [...]

    21. Waited patiently for this book to come out Devoured it in an evening I have the unfortunate history of being a fast reader Sadly there is no next book.Series as a whole offers a lot of interesting takes on some rather well established genre standbys I rather like that some are skipped, others are left alone and new ones are thought up Having looked over other reviews I have to say it might not be for everyone But if you ve read the others and enjoyed them, the final installment is well worth the [...]

    22. spoilers included below While I enjoy Gilman s literary writing style and her creation of an interesting magical world class system, I was really unimpressed with the final book in this trilogy which is utterly disappointing as I greatly enjoyed the other two I guess I feel that after drawing the story out for three novel length ages, the ending being summed up in a couple of pages seemed borderline unfair Additionally, I am still rather confused as to what actually happened Too many intricately [...]

    23. Anticlimactic and still beleaguered with uneven pacing for the conclusion of a series, these are serious flaws It s a little sad to leave on this note, because the world was pretty interesting and I d grown unexpectedly fond of the characters, although I m not sure any of them besides Jerzy got to realize their full potential.Another reviewer called it literary I wouldn t argue, although I d prefer to call the writing style deliberate even small actions can be lingered over, and Gilman understan [...]

    24. Welp, that trilogy finished It was perfectly fine, but didn t keep me up until midnight waiting to see what would happen The ending felt a little abrupt I knew how many pages were left and was googling whether there was a fourth book , but it did end it I don t insist on them walking back to the Shire in fact, please don t , but this whole society was set up for a major upheaval with all the traditional covenants that had been broken due to this external meddling I d almost like to see something [...]

    25. This is a great ending to this series You will want to have a glass of wine on hand when you are spending an evening reading this the latest and last in the Vineart War trilogy The most powerful force is to be found in the quiet magic and that is something that one must seek within themselves It is interesting how one could draw parallels between this story and any religious or political history that has actually happened There are always factions and allegiances that occur within groups of peop [...]

    26. Decent conclusion to what has been a very interesting and unique fantasy series melding magic, wine, friendship and the making of a new world There did feel like there was a bit much crammed into this book at times it was moving too fast, too many threads trying to come together at one time in what could have been a terribly messy and confusion knot Luckily, the messy and confusing part didn t happen, but the reader is left with the sense that there were things left unsaid All that aside, this w [...]

    27. The Vineart War series is slow moving and thoughtful with original concepts and twists The Shattered Vine is the third and final book in the series I found the ending a little rushed, but overall satisfactory.I had a particularly hard time picking up the threads of the story again after the delay between reading the second and third books, so than I usually do with fantasy series I believe this is due to the depth of the story, the characters, and the overall world building I think this trilogy [...]

    28. This was not the ending I hoped for It wasn t necessarily a bad ending per se, but it was abrupt and I didn t feel like everything wrapped up There was a big revelation in the last 5ish pages, and I didn t feel like there was enough time or explanation for it to really sink in There was soooo much build up to the final battle, and there were so few pages left before the battle even happened that I wondered if there was a 4th book I didn t know about Overall, I found this book a little disappoint [...]

    29. A climactic ending to the trilogy very well done, and left me wanting What happens next Hoping the author decides to keep going Shorting it one star because of the build up throughout the series that culminated in what I thought was too short of a climax I kind of had a that s it feeling after that part like she gave up a bit But still loved it If you like wine and stories about magic, you will love this series.

    30. Really wonderful Gilman writes in a contemplative manner this isn t a fast paced epic, nor is it the languid epic of Carey or Michelle West, but it s a story where as much or of the action is cerebral Very satisfying And I m hoping there s , because while there has been resolution, lots of loose ends remain to be tied up a little worrisome, since this is referred to as a trilogy Perhaps we can aim for the Douglas Adams definition

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