The Clavis (The Emperor's Library: Book Four)

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100 years have passed since The Game, and the world has changed in remarkable ways. Rel, a young man from the sticks, comes to Tarnak, now the continent’s richest city, where Jon, gives him a mysterious object, and he finds himself playing a crucial role in the final stages of the religious conflct that shaped the earlier novels. More

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About Frederick Kirchhoff

A native Floridian, Kirchhoff went to school in New England and for many, perhaps too many, years taught literature at a state university in Indiana. Secretive by nature, he is rumored to be living in Portland, Oregon, where he is said to frequent plays and performances of a musical nature. He has never visited Guam, Alaska, or the Maritime Provinces of Canada; he has few friends and no pets; and he enjoys gazing out the windows of airplanes. Also, he was once heard muttering the phrase "animals for eating, vegetables for companionship." Aside from these tantalizing facts, little else is known about the man.

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Review by: kym brown on May 9, 2012 :
Love your work Frederick! Give me more.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: R Stefoff on March 23, 2012 :
If you enjoyed the previous three books of Frederick Kirchhoff's series The Emperor's Library as much as I did, you'll rejoice at the appearance of a fourth. The Clavis is both a continuation of the sweeping fantasy story told in the earlier volumes and an adventurous, often witty novel that can be read on its own--the passing allusions to people and events from the earlier books may pique your curiosity, but they won't confuse you.

The Clavis takes place many years after the events of the previous books, but it is linked to them by the long-lived character Jon and his curious powers and possessions. Set in the same world as the earlier volumes of The Emperor's Library, The Clavis introduces a new setting: the sprawling coastal city Tarnak, home of industrialists, technocrats, pirates, and a humble young tea salesman named Rel, whose kindnesses to a couple of very old men bring the world to the brink of disaster.

Like its predecessors in the series, The Clavis is not your typical gay (or straight) epic fantasy. Cliches and stereotypes are nowhere to be found; villains and heroes are flawed, compelling human beings; and the adventure raises new questions even as it provides some long-awaited answers. Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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