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Blood and Iron

von Elizabeth Bear

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Spellbound by the Faerie Queen, the woman known as Seeker has abducted human children for her mistress's pleasure for nearly an eternity, unable to free herself from her servitude and reclaim her own humanity. Seeker's latest prey is a Merlin. Named after the legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlins are not simply those who wield magic, they are magic. Now, with rival mages also vying for the favour of this being of limitless magic to tip the balance of power, Seeker must persuade the Merlin to join her cause-or else risk losing something even more precious to her than the fate of humankind.… (mehr)
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    Feuer und Schierling von Diana Wynne Jones (bell7)
    bell7: While Blood and Iron draws on the legends of Tam Lin, Arthur, and others, Fire and Hemlock is solely a retelling of Tam Lin. Both are slightly strange retellings, but do so in entirely different manners.
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Wanted to like this, but it seems to have been written for those who know the classic tales (Arthur, Tam Lin) better than I do. I was never quite able to follow everything that was going on. Left this one in the hotel room this morning for the next person to try.

And what a shame that this cover shows a white male mage at the New York library when it could have shown a black female Merlin! ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
I think the first thing to understand when talking about an Elizabeth Bear book is that it will not be a quick, easy read. Bear's work is complex and layered, and she doesn't do hand holding - as a reader, you take the plunge and spend a good deal of time trying to keep your head above water until you get your bearings in her world. Additionally, she doesn't really do the sympathetic protagonist, so feeling connected to her characters is often a challenge.

Blood and Iron tackles a wide range of fantasy tropes - faerie, and Arthurian legend, and werewolves, and Celtic folklore, and dragons, and....it's a lot. There are so many interesting ideas explored, but I'm not sure any of them is given the focus they deserve. There is also a power imbalance in the relationship between Seeker, our main character, and Whiskey, the kelpie she binds, that feels....somehow problematically racial, particularly in today's specific climate.

All that said, Elizabeth Bear is an excellent writer, and I was engaged and excited to read throughout the novel. There were just too many times I felt lost to be able to give this a fully ringing endorsement. Reading Bear's work always makes me feel like I should just be a little bit smarter, and maybe it would work out better for me. I do think I will read the sequel, however, so that's something. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Jun 29, 2020 |
Couldn't stay interested…didn't finish.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
This was a tricky one. It was slippery in reading, rife with rich sense detail but with a terribly gentle touch on the unfurling of the plot, and perhaps, as a reader, I just need a firmer hand on the reins. Everything came together very satisfyingly - I found some genuine moments of heart-clenching in the resolutions - and I do very much like some of the concepts, but it never bundled me along with delight in the reading of it. Maybe part of that is that I have low engagement in general with traditional faerie, but I just never felt like she was binding her characters and their driving motivation together tightly enough to be reall compelling.

Still, interesting, and I'm curious about the rest of the series. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I haven't been able to chose a favourite book since I was about seven, but this, HANDS DOWN, is my favourite. The writing is breathtakingly beautiful. The characters are alien and sometimes (literally) soulless but still sympathetic and tragic. The plot is so complicated and layered that a quarter of my way into the first reading I decided that I was going to have to re-read it. Elizabeth Bear rips into the traditional literary ideas regarding faeries, Faerieland, and magic and rends it limb from limb. The end result is bloody but breathtaking, like watching a tiger hunt.

Which is overly dramatic, yes. But this book is just--beyond fantastic. Go read it. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
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But first ye'll let the black gae by,
And then ye'll let the brown;
Then I'll ride on a milk-white steed,
You'll pull me to the ground.
- "Tam Lin," Child Ballad version #39C
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Mathew the Magician leaned against a wrought iron lamppost on Forty-second Street, idly picking at the edges of his ten iron rings and listening to his city breathe into the warm September night.
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Spellbound by the Faerie Queen, the woman known as Seeker has abducted human children for her mistress's pleasure for nearly an eternity, unable to free herself from her servitude and reclaim her own humanity. Seeker's latest prey is a Merlin. Named after the legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlins are not simply those who wield magic, they are magic. Now, with rival mages also vying for the favour of this being of limitless magic to tip the balance of power, Seeker must persuade the Merlin to join her cause-or else risk losing something even more precious to her than the fate of humankind.

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