Steles of the Sky

Steles of the Sky

Elizabeth Bear

Book 3.0 of Eternal Sky

Language: English

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: Jan 1, 2014

Words: 152863
Pages: 613

Description:

Elizabeth Bear concludes her award-winning epic fantasy trilogy, The Eternal Sky, with *Steles of the Sky*. Re Temur, exiled heir to his grandfather's Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle. With his companions—the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho-tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung—he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather in his army of followers. Temur has many enemies, and they are not idle. The sorcerer who leads the Nameless Assassins, whose malice has shattered the peace of all the empires of the Celedon Highway, has struck at Temur's uncle already. To the south, in the Rasan empire, a magical plague rages. To the east, the great city of Asmaracanda has burned, and the Uthman Caliph is deposed. And in the hidden ancient empire of Erem, Temur's son has been born, and a new moon has risen in the Eternal Sky. **The Eternal Sky Trilogy** # 1 Range of Ghosts # 2 Shattered Pillars # 3 Steles of the Sky At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. ** ### From Booklist Bear concludes the epic begun in Range of Ghosts (2012) with her usual subversive flair. Temur and his companions begin this volume in the city of Reason, exploring ancient places and magics; they must make their way to Dragon Lake to declare Temur Khagan and gather an army against the terrible forces of Al-Sepehr. Edene, having engineered her own rescue, contends with the terrible sun of Erem and the voice of the Green Ring. Al-Sepehr plans to use Saadet and Qori Buqa’s son, to contest Temur’s claim on the Eternal Sky. There are, of course, other threads to be woven together: those who would fight at Temur’s side, and those who have taken the side of Al-Sepehr. Everything leads to a great and terrible battle at Dragon Lake, at which the very fate of the world may well be decided. The world of the Eternal Sky is a gorgeously fleshed-out one, and the characters without exception are fascinating, sometimes maddening, and complex. This is a pleasing conclusion to an epic; it ties up the major threads but leaves many open questions about how the world will move forward. --Regina Schroeder ### Review “Wrapping up Bear's complex and beautifully rendered historical-fantasy trilogy.... [F]ully realized characters whose personalities and motivations arise from the dazzlingly detailed cultures and landscapes from which they derive.... It all adds up to an eminently satisfying conclusion. Considering the trilogy as a whole, the overused term masterpiece justifiably applies.” ―*Kirkus Reviews, starred review*