Young Tobin had the misfortune of being born female in perilous times, in which high-born females of all ages are being murdered by order of the king, to ensure his son’s succession to the throne. Years earlier, King Elrius usurped his sister’s rightful claim to the throne–an act that abrogated the divine protections set over his people, bringing plague and war to the land. There are those who would see the divine prophecies honored, however, and a warrior queen restored to the throne. So Tobin is disguised by means of dark magic that conceals her true gender with that of her twin brother, who was killed at birth, but not fast enough. He drew a single breath, which was enough to keep his soul earthbound and horribly angry. Tobin will indeed be queen, but only if she can be protected until adulthood from her insane mother, her demonic brother, and every evil wizard in the land.
Lynn Flewelling’s son Matt called this one “disturbing but in a good way” and folks I can only second that. I barely started the second book in the Tamir Triad, Hidden Warrior and will write a full review on the trilogy as soon as I’m done reading the books.
Like Lynn said in the interview I did with her earlier, it doesn’t really matter whether you read the Nightrunner books or the Tamir triad first. Generally, the Tamir books are a lot different from the Nightrunner series, even though both are set in the same world (The Bone Doll’s Twin is set about 500 years previous to the Nightrunner series).
In a way, The Bone Doll’s Twin is really dark and makes you question the actions of characters that you generally like, but then, you know they did ‘this thing’ and keep doing some things that you really wouldn’t consider particularly…uh…moral? That’s something I really like about this one: the ‘good guys’ are having their ruthless and distinctly amoral moments while the ‘bad guys’ definitely have some grounds to validate their own motivations.
And then you have the creepy scenes and a boy who really doesn’t act like any other ‘normal’ child as well as a wizard who is naive enough you want to slap him sometimes 😉 All in all, the pacing in The Bone Doll’s Twin is quite different from the earlier Nightrunner books and I daresay some people might call it ‘slower’ than the Nightrunner plotline, but then again Tobin’s story is really deep in it’s dark and slightly disturbing way. This is definitely one of those books you won’t put down and I’m really stoked on reading more of Flewelling’s complex and entirely believable characters 😀
I’ll post more as soon as I’ve read the rest of the trilogy.