Companions on the Road

Companions on the Road The siege was over The citadel of Avillis had burned burned through the night with its terrible Lord and his monstrous children in it Nothing remained now but broken walls charred stumps where tree

  • Title: Companions on the Road
  • Author: Tanith Lee
  • ISBN: 9780099571209
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • The siege was over The citadel of Avillis had burned, burned through the night, with its terrible Lord and his monstrous children in it Nothing remained now but broken walls, charred stumps where trees had, grown, tattered lattices open to the sky But at the heart of the palace the great Cup of Avillis stood untouched pure gold, crusted with jewels each worth an emperoThe siege was over The citadel of Avillis had burned, burned through the night, with its terrible Lord and his monstrous children in it Nothing remained now but broken walls, charred stumps where trees had, grown, tattered lattices open to the sky But at the heart of the palace the great Cup of Avillis stood untouched pure gold, crusted with jewels each worth an emperor s ransom Small wonder that Kachil, common thief, should covet it Or Feluce, dapper arrogant climber riches would mean much to him But why did Havor of Taon, the hawk, join them to carry the cursed Cup away For it was Havor who found that the Chalice once stolen could not be lightly cast aside, even in horror and despair While always, inexorably, half seen, slipping through shadows, shapes in the mind s eye, three phantom riders followed after it across the winter blasted plain.This chilling tale of flight and inescapable pursuit rises to a confrontation of ghostly powers Havor thought his story could have only one ending, but the spirit world can summon Forces of Light as well as Dark.

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    1. And this sums up exactly why I adore Tanith Lee. She is such an exceptionally clever writer that can make a 100 page novella have the depth and complexity of any a great fantasy tome.This classic fantasy quest begins with the burning of the city of Avaris. Commander to the king's army, Havor or Taon, resigns soon after, sickened, it would seem, by the pillaging of the city around him. He leaves the burnt ruins of the city to fulfil the dying wish of a young soldier, to bequeath his impoverished [...]

    2. You’ve probably never heard of Tanith Lee. You’ve definitely never heard of this book. Well, I’m good at picking up obscure treasures at secondhand bookstores.Companions on the Road is the story of the leader, the baby, the thief and the charmer and their subsequent bad luck.Havor is the young but world-wearied leader of the soldiers.There was a sense of unfulfillment on him that twilight, that had something to do with the dreariness of the coming winter, but mostly with his own disillusio [...]

    3. Really, nice, really well-written quest fantasy in the classic vein. Three unlikely companions, all with different motivations, end up looting a chalice from the sacked city of Avillis.On the road, however, they come to know that the chalice is cursed. Will the soldier Havor be able to fulfill his vow to a dying companion; to bring money to his destitute family? Or has he met his doom with the ill-advised theft?Tanith Lee's writing brings a richness and depth to this type of story that's rarely [...]

    4. There aren't that many great examples of the fantasy novella. Particularly these days it seems as though only monster doorstops of books (preferably part of a vast series) get published. This book is a beautiful illustration of how a short piece can be far more effective.The story follows a group of soldiers after they have plundered a fallen city. They take a curse with them, along with their loot. One by one, it seems, the curse, or perhaps the sorcerous dead rulers of the city they burnt, wil [...]

    5. This book contains two short novellas that are wonderfully well developed for their length. Both are surprisingly good and very different as well as original. Both are full of intrigue, and really caught my attention quickly. I have never encountered anything quite like them. I thoroughly enjoyed them, and would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Lee is a very accomplished writer with a vivid imagination and a talent for putting it into words. This was a book I picked up because I had nothin [...]

    6. Tot nu toe heb ik maar één werk van Tanith Lee gevonden dat me niet beviel, en dat was dit boekje zeker niet. Met haar kenmerkende ingetogen, poëtische stijl bouwt Lee hier een gestage spanningsboog op, tegen de achtergrond van een surrealistische droomwereld. De kwaardaardige geesten van Avillis kunnen op zichzelf namelijk niet zo veel uithalen, maar zien hun kans schoon zodra hun doelwit in slaap valt Een kort maar krachtig verhaal, met een mooi einde.

    7. Three mercenaries steal a cursed chalice during the sacking of a city ruled by an evil sorcerer and his family. They hit the road intending to sell the cup, but three mysterious figures pursue them and pick them off one by one, until the hero Havor has to find a way to break the curse. Unusually for Lee this has a male protagonist, although there is the ever present witch woman hovering in the background leaving strands of her golden hair This felt like The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on land, w [...]

    8. A novella I've passed over a few times before, now encountered as its own paperback with a nice cover and shiny gold letters for 'Tanith Lee'. It's good. I like Havor, he's honest, and it's classic 1970s Tanith Lee. I'd be a bit curious to know the Lord of Avillis' family's backstory. Evil people who love each other. (Did they?) And why is the daughter always the actor, was she the centre of the group in life? Interesting. Read, you'll like it.

    9. I wouldn't classify it as young adult or even children as other people seem to have done, it is not too complicated, and it reads easily, but definitely not something intended for children.The world is not really detailed in depth, but feels familiar without being cliche. It's a nice change of pace to have some fantasy without all the info dumps. And as a reader you learn enough about the background to understand everything.Short, but fun.

    10. This is my favorite work by Tannith Lee. It comprises a pair of novellas. Each could have been expanded into novels, but as novellas,they are tight, and lean, and focussed. Lee has a gift for making unattractive characters sympathetic, even the entities who pursue his party.

    11. A fantasy novella about a soldier with a conscience who, along with two other companions, loot a cursed chalice from an evil wizard's ruined castle, and -predictably- things do not go especially well for them. Predictable plot but entertaining nonetheless.

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