Seeker's Bane (Kencyrath Series)

Seeker's Bane (Kencyrath Series)

by P. C. Hodgell

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Overview

First Time in One Mass Market Volume, Two Novels in an Acclaimed Fantasy Adventure Series: Seeker’s Mask and To Ride a Rathorn. Jame at Wizard School. Harry Potter—She is Not.

Two epic novels of fantasy adventure in one volume:

Seeker’s Mask: After an epic adventure that will become the stuff of legend, Jame has been reunited with her older brother Torisen and with her people, the Kencyrath. But when she is placed in the Women's Halls and expected to become a normal, quiet Kencyr lady, normal and quiet are not what the Women’s Halls are going to get. Shadow Guild Assassins, ghosts, and other strange beings are soon after her, sprung not only from her own adventurous past but from the tragic, mysterious events that nearly annihilated her family in her father’s time.

To Ride a Rathorn: Jame’s adventures continue as she arrives at the randon military college Tentir to face cut-throat competition and find even more buried, poisonous family secrets. The Kencyr have a phrase, “to ride a rathorn,” referring to a task too dangerous either to accomplish or to give up. This is true for Jame both figuratively, given her military career in a college which no Highborn girl has ever attended before, and literally, in that she is being stalked by one of these murderous, ivory-clad creatures whose mother she killed and who is now after her blood.

All in all, Jame’s school days are shaping up to be anything but golden.


"P.C. Hodgell writes the most strikingly weird and wonderful stories in epic fantasy today."—Charles Stross

“Hodgell has crafted an excellent and intricate fantasy with humor and tragedy, and a capable and charming female hero. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

Publisher’s Note: Seeker’s Bane has been previously published as two separate novels, Seeker’s Mask and its sequel To Ride a Rathorn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439133804
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Kencyrath Series
Edition description: 2 Books in 1
Pages: 1168
Sales rank: 359,470
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.56(d)

About the Author

Pat Hodgell can't remember a time when she wasn't passionately interested in science fiction and fantasy. She's sold stories to such anthologies as Berkley Showcase, Elsewhere III, and Imaginary Lands and has also published four novels. God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, the novels included in The God Stalker Chronicles, begin her critically praised fantasy saga which is concerned not! only with high adventure, but also with questions of personal identity, religion, politics, honor, and arboreal drift. She earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, and is a graduate of both the Clarion and the Milford Writers Workshops. Recently retired, she was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in modern British literature and composition, and teaches an distant training course on science fiction and fantasy for the University of Minnesota. Pat lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in a nineteenth-century wood-framed house, which has been in her family for generations. In addition to writing and teaching, she attends science fiction conventions, collects yarn, knits, embroiders, raises cats, makes her own Christmas cards and blogs at www.pchodgell.com.

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Seeker's Bane 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nmbrossi More than 1 year ago
I've loved P.C. Hodgell since I first discovered her books through the Science Fiction Book Club several years ago. She has a tremendous talent, and is probably one of the most underappreciated writers in the fantasy genre right now. I was very glad to see her get picked up by Baen so that others could appreciate her work, and I can't wait for her next book to come out.
patrickgarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This omnibus of two books in Hodgell's Kencyrath series represents a real bargain at ten bucks or under for over a thousand pages of decently-written, creative fantasy - though the absolutely terrible cover may give readers pause when pulling it out on public transport!Prior reading of the series' preceding volumes (also available in omnibus!) aren't necessary, but would be recommended. Part of my pleasure in this series has been watching Hodgell's characters grow and change - not to mention her own strengths as a writer and the texture of her increasingly complicated world, Rathilien.Eschewing the typical messianic stableboys that were so popular in the eighties when the series started, Hodgell focusses on Jame, the gifted outcast of a royal family of sorts. Hodgell's world-building is meticulous and detailed - too detailed for a short review - suffice to say that these novels take the young Jame to the women's halls and the military college of her people.Hodgell is an interesting writer. Her world-building is fabulous, and her prose a definite cut above the average fantasy writer's. Her scenes - populated with strange magics, sentient forests, and dense action - really leap off the page. Her characters' are generally well-drawn - in spite of her uneven dialogue (at times its terrific, at others it feels very affected). The personal trauma, which is what really drives the narrative despite typical fantasy evil lords and apocalyptic possibilities, is very real and not at all trivialised.It's also nice - more than nice - to read smart fantasy with more than a few token women scattered through it. Hodgell's female characters are just as strong, smart, and important as her males. In isolation, the novels don't leap out as feminist fantasy or somesuch, but compared to her peers, Hodgell avoids the casual or inherent chauvinism still populating too much fantasy.She does stumble somewhat with her attempts at humour - jokes are usually in the form of dialogue and alternate between cheesy and cliched - the kind of flat "banter" David Eddings would regularly shoehorn into his books. Hodgell would do better to forgo the humour except in genuinely funny circumstances; her jokes break the fourth wall and are generally not worth the cost of doing so.However, this is a minor quibble in what is building to be an excellent - sadly under-appreciated - fantasy series. One advantage of Hodgell's "outsider" status and the long gap in the series is that the Kencyrath Chronicles have resisted the marketing push of "hot" styles of fantasy or any other type of modish embellishment. They have a kind of retro feel to them that calls to mind an earlier age of fantasy - the era between Lord of The Rings and The Sword of Shannara, when fantasy was a smaller, diverse and idiosyncratic field. I'm looking forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly original plotlines, memorable and fascinating characters, and an addictive new world. The Kencyrath series will engage your imagination and always leave you craving more. The frustratingly slow publishing process is finally solved now that Hodge has found a home with Baen. The original Godstalker fan patience has paid off, and new fans luck out with a fully fleshed series to sink their teeth in to. Salivating for the next in the series!
LARRYJAMESLOWRY More than 1 year ago
JAMEITHEL IS A JOY TO READ ABOUT. THE COVER ART ON THESE MODERN BOOKS MISSES ON THE FACT JAME IS FLAT CHESTED I GUESS SOMEONE DOSEN,T UNDERSTAND THE TRUE BEAUTY OF THE STORYS.
bobo15 More than 1 year ago
i really like these books. i read the first two years ago. i did not know he continued the series. i am very glad to have found the rest of the Kencyrath series. let me know if anymore are forth coming. you can send me an e-mail. Diana Klatt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago