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Author: Tanith Lee
ISBN: 0099551101
Language: English
Pages: 208 pages
Category: Fantasy
Publisher: Legend Book / Arrow; New Ed edition (1988)
Rating: 4.6
Formats: rtf txt lit lrf
FB2 size: 1595 kb | EPUB size: 1256 kb | DJVU size: 1398 kb

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This tells me two things–(A) Volkhavaar is not one of Tanith Lee’s best known books, and (B) I got hella lucky at the used bookstore.

Volkhavaar is an interesting book. Tanith Lee (1947-2015)Tanith Lee was born in London in 1947. She is the author of more than 70 novels and almost 300 short stories, and has also written radio plays for the BBC and two scripts for the cult television series Blake's 7. Her first short story, 'Eustace', was published in 1968, and her first children's novel The Dragon Hoard was published in 1971. In 1975 her adult fantasy epic The Birthgrave was published to international acclaim, and Lee maintained a prolific output in popular genre writing throughout her life.

A Masterful and Enchanting High Fantasy Tale. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. This book is awesome, so typical of Tanith Lee's masterful artistry and storytelling. The story is about a slave girl named Shaina living in a village among a fantasy "role-playing type" world made up of various villages/cities, kingdoms, and empires.

VOLKHAVAAR is a novel of witchcraft and wonders on a world far removed from those we know  .

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Book has mild edgewear, else clean and tight with no marks or stamps.

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Tanith Lee (19 September 1947 – 24 May 2015) was a British science fiction and fantasy writer. She wrote more than 90 novels and 300 short stories, and was the winner of multiple World Fantasy Society Derleth Awards, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Horror. She also wrote a children's picture book (Animal Castle), and many poems

Comments (3)
Not my fave of Tanith Lee's but enough to get me through it. Great antagonist but the protagonist's arc fell short in my opinion.
Until I read this, I was not terribly impressed with Tanith Lee's standalone novels (Electric Forest, Days of Grass, Day By Night). This, however, is probably one of her most imaginative and lush fantasy novels. The tale of lupine sorcerer Kernik/Volk and his dark god, and of innocent slave girl Shaina and her hopeless love for a cursed travelling actor, and how they interact, is engrossing and fantastic. Lee's writing is at its richest and most vibrant here, and the book is magical and totally enjoyable. And while "poetic justice" may be served, it's not done predictably so. If you're interested in checking out Tanith Lee, but don't want to get caught up in a series, this is an excellent place to start.
This is what you could describe as a perfectly crafted novel from begining to end. While reading it, the names of people and places sounded Russian, or Eastern European, and it does have the the effect of reading a well drawn out folk tale, Tanith Lee is no without her mythic influences here, as ever. There are charming details everywhere, and perspective changes from one character to the next, from Shaina, to Volk the magician and his origins (something you don't often see, especially in what you might class "fantasy", but done here is intense, with a lot of understanding, and not without dry humour) - even the cat Mitz, who Shaina shares a body with for a while, has a resounate voice here.
My favorite is Bubayat, the stone witch in her strange round house(Baba Yaga maybe?). The perfect anecdote to nasty sea witches and evil hags in prudish, sadistic Anderson fairytales,but provides the perfect piquant voice of someone older, and wiser. Bubayat teaches Shaina magic and power, and offers some brilliant invented proverbs,'Admire my necklace, said the dog with the choke chain' being one of them.
What made me love this book, and continue to, was the happy but unconventional ending. In fact it might even be leaving you hanging with an unresolved question, the narrator at various points poses us with questions and our own understanding.
But it's a beautiful, powerful story for our time. Tanith Lee creates a willful, bold but sensitive heroine in Shaina (I have to say, the name could have been a little better)without her ever seeming idealised- only young, idealistic and determined with a well developed sense of self worth, and these qualities are what makes her act to free herself and save the day, instead of endangering herelf for not being passive and virtuous.
As Bubayat says, Why drink stale beer in comfort, when you can drink white wine in danger?