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A Sorcerer's Treason (Isavalta, Book 1) (urspr publ 2002; utgåvan 2003)

av Sarah Zettel (Författare)

Serier: Isavalta (1)

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A World of Magic and Peril 1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin: Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior. One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island's shoals, and rescues its lone occupant. The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is-incredibly-destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes. Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her. Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see. For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn't know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home . . .… (mer)
Medlem:torgnye
Titel:A Sorcerer's Treason (Isavalta, Book 1)
Författare:Sarah Zettel (Författare)
Info:Tor Fantasy (2003), Edition: 1st, 512 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:***
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A Sorcerer's Treason av Sarah Zettel (2002)

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Slow to build, and in many ways not what I expected. At times it felt like there were too many plotlines and too many players (I don't love complicated court intrigue scenarios), but it paid off in the resolution. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
(First of 4: Isavalta series. Fantasy)
(Re-read)

Bridget Lederle, whose mother disappeared only to come back to East Bay to give birth to her and who herself gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, keeps the light on Sand Island on the shores of Lake Superior, following in her father's footsteps. In the winter of 1899 she rescues a man from the lake who will change her life forever. When he tells her that she, and the magical power she has inherited, are needed to help save the dowager empress Medeoan of the fantastical land of Isavalta from her enemies, Bridget agrees to go with him. Her parents and daughter are dead and she has no family to leave behind except her mother's sister and no friends amongst the gossip mongers of Eastbay.

But it seems, when she reaches Isavalta, that Lord Sorceror Valin Kalami, has not been completely truthful with her.

This was quite a gently-paced book. I found myself putting it down quite often, probably because of the tension the double dealing and missed opportunities created in me. I felt as though the dowager empress was more pitiable than evil. The denouement was much faster to read as I raced to see if things were put right finally and I'm quite looking forward to reading the next book. I get the impression that this will cover Bridget's parents' story and the choices that Medeoan made in her youth.

A well-told story, worth persevering with. Isavalta seems based on Russia (with neighbours correlating to China and India), with recognisable elements of Russian fokelore, such as Baba Yaga with her hut on chicken legs.

3.5 stars ( )
  humouress | Jul 2, 2017 |
I read a lot (emphasis on "a lot") and it has been awhile since a book has caught me up, held me tight, and triggered an all-nighter. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It is a solid read. I can't tell you why I liked it . . . I identified with the characters, liking their voices and how this was expressed. In my reviews I don't like to tell you my version of the book so all I can say is I believe you'll enjoy this.I've already ordered the next one and will be reading that soon. Good journey! ( )
  sdmtngirl | Dec 7, 2015 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Bridget Lederle is the lighthouse keeper on Sand Island, Wisconsin in 1899. She's an outcast, having had a baby (which died) while she was single. One night she saves the life of mysterious Valin Kalami whose boat crashed onto the rocky shore of Lake Superior.

It turns out that Kalami is a sorcerer sent from the kingdom of Isavalta to find Bridget — who doesn't realize that she has a tie to this parallel world and some powers of her own. With not much to keep her on Sand Island, she agrees to return to Isavalta with Kalami. There she finds a world full of political intrigue, treachery, and magic. The state of things isn't exactly how Kalami described it back in Wisconsin, and it's very hard to know who to trust.

The Plot: A Sorcerer's Treason winds up slowly until Bridget gets to Isavalta, and then it becomes fast-paced. There is plenty of intrigue and treason going on in the Isavaltan court, but Bridget uncovers it for us too early in the plot — we aren't left wondering who are the bad guys for long. There were several plot elements that seemed only loosely tied to the story. I didn't really understand the motives of the Vixen and Baba Yaga, for example, and I wondered why they were included at all. Perhaps this is made clear in future installments, but it has me confused so far. The ending scene was strange and, I think, kind of cheesy. It was one of those triumphant "I've dealt with my past and now I can move forward" kind of scenes.

The Characters: Sarah Zettel writes some wonderful and believable characters. Ananda, the dowager, Mikkel, Sakra, and Kalami are all interesting and I would have liked to read more from their perspectives. Unfortunately, Bridget, whose perspective we mainly follow, is not so admirable. There's nothing wrong with her, but there's not much interesting, either. For the most part, she gets passively pulled through the plot and doesn't actually do much herself, even though we're told that she's a very powerful sorceress. There was plenty of tension and many problems for her to deal with, but mainly they resolved themselves quickly with little conscious effort on Bridget's part. I was hoping to see her rise up to her potential, but she never did.

The World of Isavalta: Before choosing this book, I'd heard much about the unique setting of glorious Isavalta, but I didn't experience much of it in A Sorcerer's Treason. Isavalta is only briefly described. I think the references I read must be for other books in the Isavalta series. I'm tempted to read one just to find out more because it sounds like Sarah Zettel's world has wonderful potential.

The Magic System: The magic system involves weaving spells with fabric, hair, etc. and I liked it at first. However, I soon realized that it seemed to have no clear rules. When we don't know the rules, we can't anticipate what can and can not be done with magic. Therefore, the author can get the characters out of tight spots too easily by just adding a new magic spell. In contrast, consider the rule-based systems of J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, or Janny Wurts. When you know there are limits to the heroes' powers, not only does this make them more understandable, but it makes us worry and fret when things go bad for them. And, of course, that makes us connect with them emotionally. In fact, the characters I liked best in A Sorcerer's Treason were the ones who had no powers at all. I can't give you specifics without spoiling the plot, but those two had the best scene in the book — I actually had to dab at my eyes with a hanky.

The writing: Sarah Zettel's writing is pleasant, easy, and understandable, but not particularly gorgeous. My Tor hardback edition had multiple distracting editorial mistakes — mostly words missing.

Conclusion: A Sorcerer's Treason is light standard epic fantasy from an independent, but somewhat soft, female protagonist's perspective. Its strengths are the suspense and multi-textured plot. I'd recommend it to those looking for a mysterious and easy read.
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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Beautifully written and an engaging tale set in an evocatively detailed world with strong emphasis on Russian folklore. I've read this book thrice now - the third reading was just after I finished reading book #2, The Ursurper's Crown. I would actually recommend reading #2 first as it contains the backstory of Bridget and I think enhances the plot more if you know the story behind Medeann as well.

Filled with twists, turns and political intrigue, Sorcerer's Treason is about an Earth woman (with sorcerous powers) drawn into a fantastical world with the intention of using her as a pawn. However, Bridget has a mind and will of her own, and will not allow herself to be manipulated.

Should appeal to fans of Robin Hobb, Juliet Marillier and Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
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At midnight between November first and November second of the year 1899, Bridget Lederle's eyes snapped open of their own accord, bringing her instantly awake.
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A World of Magic and Peril 1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin: Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior. One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island's shoals, and rescues its lone occupant. The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is-incredibly-destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes. Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her. Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see. For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn't know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home . . .

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