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review 2013-10-24 19:50
Terzah´s Sons by Victoria Copus
Storm Constantine's Wraeththu Mythos 'Terzah's Sons' - Victoria Copus,Storm Constantine,Gabriel Strange

Terzah´s Sons is a novel set in Storm Constantine´s wraeththu world. The main character of this book is the har Terzah from the tribe of Kheops. His consort Zen (a former Varr but now Gelaming) was appointed as an ambassador by the Tigron Pellaz-har-Aralis to a settlement of Megalithica for human refugees. Terzah hates humans and has no scruples about killing a human thief whom he caught stealing in his kafta (the traditional dwelling of the Kheops tribe). This incident sets things in motion Terzahl wouldn´t have dreamed of - involving adopting human children, working together with the humans to defend their community against raiders, being confronted with his consorts dark past and so on.

I just love Terzah. His straight forward manner, his sharp tongue (one of my favorite statements are his first words to Zen when they first met at a party in the Tigron´s palace: "Move it,asshole. You´re standing on my hem." and Zen fell instantly in love with him.). I liked to read how he started to care for the community although he was far from being happy that he and Zen had to move to this settlement and how he tried to be there for his adopted sons.

Maybe, before you read this book you should be at least acquainted with the wraeththu (a new hermaphrodite race on earth) and read Storm´s Wraeththu chronicles and histories. You will either love wraeththu or hate them, it depends on if you can do anything with the concept of hermaphrodites or not. But if you get really into their world like I did you will be fascinated for sure. I´m hooked..

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review 2012-05-19 00:00
The Bewitchments Of Love And Hate (Wraeththu Chronicles) - Storm Constantine I finish this book 24h ago, but just now gather my forces and can write a few words about it. Don't be worried, it don't have any spoiler about this book or the previous (The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit)

The first book is about a human, Pellaz, learning what are Wraeththu. It's a future, an apocalyptic future and humans are not the dominant specie on Earth, Wraeththu are... ruling the Earth.

Reading this book is almost like be again seeing by an innocent eye what an Wraeththu is. It's all Swift point of view... a pure Wraeththu... a rare child, born from two Wraeththu.

What can I say about him? First of all, that's his image
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He is the son of Cobweb, a Wraeththu full of magic and wrapped in mystery. And of course, the son also of Terzian, Cobweb consort, and he is not just a Wraeththu, but much more... a Varr.

Read it, to see though an infant eyes, innocent eyes, the beauty of his home, forever, and the love of his hostling (Cobweb, the "mother" figure of his life), and the... cruelty of his tribe. But Swift path is long, full or joy, despair and sadness. You must read to see it, to feel it...

I learn a lot more reading this second book, but still have much more to know. I miss Pellaz (the narrator of the first book) but it's the way it must be... each thing will happen in a precise time, and patience dear reader of this review, is a virtue.

I need to read the 3 book, and know what will happen now. I'm very excited knowing who will be the narrator, but also terrified.
If up to now I felt a little sadness and despair reading this dark fantasy tale, probably the last book The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire will give the final blow that will break my heart.

Last remark, the third book have a very mysterious character in the cover art. He is Thiede.
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it's blood, liking from his hands? Or just a lock of his bright red hair? Why all the manipulation? Why all the pain he is causing? Why why why... the only why to know it is read more, suffer more... and I will.

I must read the third of this series, and I will...

5 stars just because I can't give more. Certainly I would if I could, because it's one of those rare cases of a book (better say series) so overwhelming I don't know how could I express my sentiments with words... so sorry, I try and I hope this review modestly show you, dear reader of this review, my immense satisfaction of the reading, and my immense fear of what can happen from this book on. I hope, and I wish it will end well, but even with a HEA, after so many tragedy, it will be enough to bring a smile in my face? Bring tears of joy?

We shall see... we shall see.
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review 2012-05-09 18:53
Wraeththu Chroniken 1: Der Zauber von Fleisch und Geist
Wraeththu Chroniken 1: Der Zauber von Fleisch und Geist - Storm Constantine Niemand sollte sich von dieser Buchreihe abschrecken lassen, auch wenn Hermaphroditen darin vorkommen. Diese Reihe von Storm Constantine hat mich von der ersten, bis zur letzten Seite nicht mehr losgelassen. Und ich muss gestehen, dass ich alle drei Bücher, bereits dreimal gelesen habe und sie auch jederzeit wieder zur Hand nehmen würde. Wirklich wunderbar geschrieben und die Hauptcharakter: Pellaz, Calanthe und Swift sind symphatisch und entwickeln sich auch im Lauf der Geschichte weiter. Trotz der Thematik, nicht vor dieser Buchreihe zurückschrecken.
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review 2012-04-24 00:00
Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (Wraeththu Chronicles) - Storm Constantine Wraeththu are self-sufficient energy organisms. We never fall in love, because love does not exist for us in the same way as it does for lower life forms. In essence, we are love, expressions of the source of creation.
Thiede's speech, telling Pellaz what is a Wraeththu


What can I say? I just finish this book and I must write some words, convincing you to read it too?

No, better say, why you shouldn't read it.

It's not a romance
As you may see in the quotation I added, no, it's not a romance. Pellaz is the protagonist and his narration will be, all the time, from the point of view of someone deeply in love.
Yes, it's not a romance... but Pellaz is in love.

It's not a gay story because it's everything. I add it as trans* and maybe I prefer to consider it a trangender-transsexual because of Wraeththu nature. They are not female, they are not male, they are... both.

It's not a fantasy or a sci-fi it's both. You can consider it strict sci-fi, neither fantasy. It's in the future, where humans are almost a extinct specie, where a new race is taking our place on Earth. Creatures that share energy, magic creatures, strange creatures... the Wraeththu.

It's not a good book, it's much more. It's perfection. The writer created new words, she used it freely, combining English with it. "Anyhar" "somehar", in my ignorance I thought it's was a typo, "any har"... no, it's her creation, her world. You will rejoice, cry, despair, and most of all, you will be addicted to Pellaz voice. that's why I'm saying you should not read it... because you will not live if you start it. My days at work was thinking about him, my free hours were all to this book. I couldn't get my head out of it. The sweet and the dark Pellaz made me forget my days, and be him, live with him, suffer and love with him.

BTW I said it's a transgendler but as you can see I'm using the male pronoun because Pellaz question a lot if he is a male or a female creature, but he will see himself as a male Wraeththu.

Just two more comments

Some book can make me think as if it's a music. If this book was a song, it would be A kind of magic by Queen.
"It’s a kind of magic
It’s a kind of magic
A kind of magic
One dream one soul, one prize
One goal, one golden glance of what should be
It’s a kind of magic
One flash of light that shows the way
No mortal man can win this day
It’s a kind of magic
The bell that rings inside your mind
Is challenging the doors of time
It's a kind of magic
The waiting seems eternity
The day will dawn on sanity
Is this a kind of magic?
It's a kind of magic
There can be only one
This race that lasts a thousand years
Will soon be done
This flame that burns inside of me
I’m hearing secret harmonies
It’s a kind of magic
The bell that rings inside your mind
Is challenging the doors of time
It’s a kind of magic
It’s a kind of magic
This race that lasts a thousand years
Will soon be, will soon be
Will soon be done
This is a kind of magic
It’s a kind of magic
There can be only one
This race that lasts a thousand years
Will soon be done - done
Magic – it’s a kind of magic
It’s a kind of magic
Magic, magic, magic, magic
It’s magic
It’s a kind of magic


Pellaz and all of his kind is it... a kind of magic.

another and last comment: this series was original released in 1987. Recently, in 2007, the writer release a 3° edition, and that's the one I got. I strongly recommend it. I know we are in the era of ebooks and some readers (like myself) prefer to buy ebooks... well, this paperback edition is wonderful. From the preface, where the writer explain her reasons to this new revised edition, to the maps and the glossary, this book is a pleasure to read. Each chapter start with a nice drawn, there is a care with details and a lot of inedited scenes (the writer said it, I didn't read all editions).

So to end it (sorry, long review, I know but I'm VERY enthusiast about this book!) yeah... 5 stars. I wish I could give more... seriously... I wish I could give endless stars. Keep reading it, because now, I can't stop. I cry reading the end, and will not spoil saying for the happiness or sadness of it. Read to know... or better, avoid it, if you want to have a life and don't be, as me, completely in love with Pellaz... addicted to him, his life, his... magic.

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review 2012-02-28 00:00
Wraeththu - Storm Constantine From all the other reviews on this site I was expecting this to be a really great book. I had kind of mix feelings on it so I didn't rate it. There were parts of the books I found interesting and great and there were other aspects that turned me away from the book. It took me a while to finish reading since the second half wasn't what I was expecting. Needless to say if you're reading for the romance aspect of this fantasy book then you probably won't be too happy the second half of the book but if you're just reading because you love fantasy books then this would be a great read.

The writing style was different from what I'm use to and the terminology takes some getting use to but the setting is intriguing so it works out.
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