The Sea Thy Mistress

The Sea Thy Mistress

Elizabeth Bear

Language: English

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Words: 76962
Pages: 340


This direct sequel to Elizabeth Bear’s highly acclaimed *All the Windwracked Stars *picks up the story some fifty years after Muire went into the sea and became the new Bearer of Burdens. Beautiful Cathoair, now an immortal warrior angel, has been called back to the city of Eiledon to raise his son--Muire’s son as well, cast up on shore as an infant. It is seemingly a quiet life. But deadly danger approaches...the evil goddess Heythe, who engineered the death of Valdyrgard, has travelled forward in time on her rainbow steed. She came expecting to gloat over a dead world, the proof of her revenge, but instead she finds a Rekindled land, renewed by Muire’s sacrifice. She will have her revenge by forcing this new Bearer of Burdens to violate her oaths and break her bounds and thus bring about the true and final end of Valdyrgard. She will do it by tormenting both Cathoair and his son Cathmar. But Mingan, the gray wolf, sees his old enemy Heythe’s return. He will not allow it to happen again. From Booklist The third novel in Bear's Edda of Burdens series starts about 50 years after the end of All the Windwracked Stars (2008), when Muire, the last Valkyrie, went into the sea and became the new Bearer of Burdens. Now her lover, Cathoair, must raise their son, cast up on the shore as an infant. But their ancient enemy, the goddess Heythe, is determined to destroy all that Muire and Cathoair fought for. She will start by tormenting Cathoair and his son, Cathmar, to force Muire to break her vows and bring about the final devastation. Bear's variation on this classic theme is skillfully written, and the characters stand out, especially the wolf Mingan. Enough background is provided so that having read the first two isn't necessary to follow this one. The pacing is a bit slow, however. The Sea Thy Mistress is satisfying but not great fantasy adventure. --Frieda Murray Review Praise for *All the Windwracked Stars*: "Bear creates a world with an astonishing depth of mythology in a tale that begins with Ragnarok...Bear’s world building echoes the best of Zelazny and pulls the reader into the story and the history until it’s over. Muire is one of Bear’s more interesting and likable characters, and the mythology Bear deploys promises further satisfying stories based in it."--*Booklist* (starred review) "Bear's ability to create breathtaking variations on ancient themes and make them new and brilliant is, perhaps, unparalleled in the genre. Her lyrical style and heroically flawed characters make this a priority purchase for most libraries. Highly recommended."--*Library Journal* (starred review) Praise for *By the Mountain Bound*: “Numerous fantasy authors adopt the tropes of Norse mythology, but Bear actively pursues them, channeling those myths directly rather than overlaying them on more familiar ones. The result demands much from readers, but repays it in vivid, sensual imagery of a wholly different world.”--*Publishers Weekly