The Diviner

The Diviner Bestselling author Melanie Rawn s triumphant return to high fantasy The only survivor of royal treachery that eliminates his entire family Azzad al Ma aliq flees to the desert and dedicates himself t

  • Title: The Diviner
  • Author: Melanie Rawn
  • ISBN: 9780886777654
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bestselling author Melanie Rawn s triumphant return to high fantasy The only survivor of royal treachery that eliminates his entire family, Azzad al Ma aliq flees to the desert and dedicates himself to vengeance With the help of the Shagara, a nomadic tribe of powerful magicians, he begins to take his revenge but at a terrible cost to himself.Prequel novel to The GoldenBestselling author Melanie Rawn s triumphant return to high fantasy The only survivor of royal treachery that eliminates his entire family, Azzad al Ma aliq flees to the desert and dedicates himself to vengeance With the help of the Shagara, a nomadic tribe of powerful magicians, he begins to take his revenge but at a terrible cost to himself.Prequel novel to The Golden Key.

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    1. I really wanted to like this book, and at times I did, but it was ultimately extremely flawed. To me, it seems like the author created an outline of everything she wanted to happen in this prequel story, and then wrote around the outline to fill it out. Throughout the book thousands of people are killed, including several main characters. However, not once did I feel any emotion at their deaths other than annoyance. The writing is relatively well done within the chapters, but when 20 years can p [...]

    2. I encountered Melanie Rawn via her debut novel, Dragon Prince, and was thrilled to find her bringing fantasy romance to life as few but Mary Stewart and M.K. Wren have managed to do. I devoured that thick book, the rest of that trilogy, and the successor Dragon Star trilogy. I picked up the first two books of the Exiles trilogy as soon as they came out, and have been waiting in frustration for The Captal's Tower ever since (over 15 years now, in case you think I'm impatient). I picked up her col [...]

    3. For me, The Diviner fell short, in part, because of the love I have for the Sunrunner books. I know that Melanie Rawn can write huge, cast-of-thousands, heartwrenching, gutpunching, soul-soaring books and this fell lamentably short of the heights she has achieved before. The writing here is solid; the world-building is excellent. The trouble is that the characters are just words on a page. They never come to life for me. It reads as an interesting history, and I enjoyed the cultural creation an [...]

    4. Yes! YES!! THIS is the Melanie Rawn I've been waiting not-so-patiently for! Epic storylines spanning generations, flawed heroes, political intrique, lush cultures, humor, romance--all the things we love Melanie for. And the END! All I'll say is it was so subtlely done that it took me a few pages to realized what happened-and it gave me chills. This is definitely a case of run-don't-walk.

    5. The Diviner is a halfway-there book. It's far superior to the cringeworthy cheesefest of the Spellbinder novels, but it's also a far cry from MR's epic classic fantasy works, including Golden Key, to which this is the prequel. It doesn't lack potential; I greatly enjoyed the Arabic-type setting and the writing was as rich and evocative as I'm used to from MR. It was cool to see the very early seeds of the magic system we know from Golden Key, and get to see how it developed across the generation [...]

    6. Although the writing is stellar, and there are definite touches of the old Melanie Rawn here, the story suffers from the same problem as The Golden Key (to which it is a prequel). Both are multi-generational epics, with a focus on families, as opposed to a single protagonist. In that sense, The Diviner is really two books, with a rather abrupt change of both plot and pace about halfway through, as Azzad al-Ma'aliq gives way to his son, Alessid. The problem is that the son cannot hold a candle to [...]

    7. No bones about it - The Diviner was a long time coming - 15 years and change for fans of The Golden Key to wait to get more of the story. The good news for those fans is, it was worth the wait.As a prequel, The Diviner doesn't rely on the events of The Golden Key much. It reads very much like a well-written history, even interspersed with excerpts of biographies of the main characters, slightly dry in places but with enough intrigue to keep it interesting all the way through. And the promise of [...]

    8. This was a very good book but I am sure that many people won't enjoy it as much as I did.It read very much like a sped up history lesson (in fact, at some points I felt that time was a bit malleable with people's ages not seeming to match up correctly but I didn't care enough to go back and count to see if it was just my feeling or if it truly didn't fit into the timeline). The first two thirds of the book follow two characters, the second being the son of the first. The final third of the book [...]

    9. The setting is beautiful. That said, the characters never came to life for me. There were too many passages when the author condensed the years leading up to a significant event. Too much telling. And I just didn't like any of the characters. They all seem too power hungry or vengeful. I'm so disappointed because I really want to love this book. It been a long time since I like any of her fantasy books after the Dragon Price, Dragon Star, and Exiles series. Or maybe I'm still mad that after wait [...]

    10. This is the old Melanie Rawn I loved to read: something expansive, that spans generations, with good guys that are flawed like any human. It's been so long since I've read "The Golden Key" it was hard to remember how these characters would tie in. But this stood on it's own with no problem. I liked the characters, liked the unexpected twists, liked that I wasn't sure how it would end. Now any chance that "The Captal's Tower" will be written soon?

    11. Many years ago I read and thoroughly enjoyed, a brilliant fantasy novel written by Melanie Rawn, Kate Elliot and Jennifer Robinson called 'The Golden Key' enpedia/wiki/The_GoldSo it was with great pleasure I encountered and borrowed a prequel, 'The Diviner', in which Melanie Rawn provides the story of how the 'Grijalva' gift was born.I was not disappointed.

    12. A good prequel to the golden compass! A bit confusing near the end (and I wish the chipatro origins were discussed) but very enjoyable! First and third sections were my favourite!

    13. From any other author this would probably have gotten another star. But Melanie Rawn has set my sights so high for her work that when it falters, I hold her much more accountable. That said, this is leaps and bounds better than the last couple of books she's written and I hope she's learned that she needs to stick to the high fantasy stuff and drop her recent attempts at paranormal romance. I had no idea this book had come out, and didn't even bother reading a summary when I saw it on the Kindle [...]

    14. Rawn writes another masterwork set in the desert. I have been a fan since I first read the Dragon Prince in high school and this book powerfully reminds me of why I remain a loyal fan. Rawn writes such human characters that you feel as though they are truly your friends not some made people in a made up world. She also has a the ability to truly build a sense of place. Her nations, countries, and cultures feel like they are simply from another time. In this book we meet two families who seem to [...]

    15. I enjoyed The Golden Key immensely, as well as some of Rawn's previous work in my favorite genre of sprawling high fantasy. For those who know her work, The Diviner is a worthy prequel to the Grijalva saga. Rawn's great strength is in the capturing of character--even if she is prone to BPS (beautiful people syndrome), the BPs in question are complex and interesting and flawed. The pseudo-Moroccan setting here is not too cliched (although not free from the usual Bedouinish-tribe flourishes that m [...]

    16. So it's been YEARS that I've been waiting for this book to come out. Turns out it's a prequel to one of my favorite Rawn books, The Golden Key. It started out a little difficult because unlike a sequel where you know where the story started, I'm starting this book having no idea where I am or how this is going to relate to The Golden Key, plus there's all these names of places and families in her own linguistic style for the region, and I was a little lost at first. But I pushed through and the [...]

    17. I enjoyed this novel until the end of Part 1. I was really shocked at the turn of events and almost put the book down.I'd heard of this author but never read her. I won this novel in a giveaway, otherwise I might never have read her stuff.Even though I did not like what happened to the main character(s) I continued and became thoroughly confused as to all the new characters and family lines brought in. I realized I didn't care what happened to these new people and started skim-reading.The ending [...]

    18. From the dust jacket, I expected a book about Qamar, with a little lead-in about the previous generations. Instead, I got the story of Azzad and Alessid, with a short conclusion about Qamar.And I prefer it that way. Azzad's story is full of high drama and tension. Alessid's life is equally thrilling, if in a different direction.The true conclusion of the book comes at the end of Alessid's tale. Everything ties up nicely. Then Qamar's tale stirs it all up for no reason, only to have an unsatisfac [...]

    19. I will admit that I am a Melanie Rawn fan and therefore, I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, it was just OK. I picked it up because it was the prequel to The Golden Key. The author still writes beautifully but there were places were the plot just dropped off. The story covered three generations but the transitions between the three story lines were clumsy. The first third of the book, the story of Azzad, was excellent and it showed flashes of the brilliance of her previous books. T [...]

    20. Melanie Rawn fans who might have been disappointed by some of her latest work such as Fire Raiser (such as yours truly) will enjoy this return to the world of The Golden Key, in which a noble-born young man encounters a nomadic desert civilization, and he and his descendents use their magic to build an empire. It's a generational saga, so don't be surprised when the first main character dies. (That's what comes of not reading the back cover.) Although I found the ending a let-down, I enjoyed the [...]

    21. I have to agree with many of the other reviewers. This is not up to MR's usual standard of fantasy.The book would have benefited greatly from a map and a lineage chart. The unusual names and the author's fondness for starting names with A, M, and Q made it hard to keep track of the characters. It was also, IMO, far too short to span 4 generations (even though one of those generations was basically skipped.) Because of all this, my emotions never really became engaged used to be an auto-read for [...]

    22. You definitely need to read the Golden Key before reading this book (I hadn't). I thought it was well written but I stopped and started several times since the universe and characters/events didn't mean much to me and I didn't really feel properly introduced to them by this book alone. There's some interesting magic with the hazziri and it's kinda neat to see a fantasy-world version of the Arabic culture in Western fiction but I wasn't as taken with this book as I was with her Sunrunner series.

    23. Welcome back, Melanie. We missed you. Another grand tale, sweeping generations and continents, but very comfortably fitting in its own book. I was a little confused, trying to keep the titles and names straight, but they fit the language which fit the story. How prescient is Melanie? Did she see the Arab summer coming? Bush tried a war, little Bush tried again for his dad, imperialism doesn't work and only the people who belong to the land can make lasting change.

    24. This was an interesting read. No one plot, unless you count the slow development of a magic system plot. It followed several generations and was the abbreviated history of a people. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. Some of the histories come close, but because they were real, they had more detail. An inventive and original work.

    25. A food read, prequel to 'The Golden Key', which I haven't read yet. It does, however, stand on it's own. From what I can see it sets a lot of the background for 'The Golden Key' rather than the characters involved.That did make the ending a little disappointing as it was very open, but still came to a satisfying ending.

    26. This book was very mixed. When I got to the end of the first section and started the next one I found I didn't have a lot of interest in it. I stuck it out and ended up enjoying the rest of the novel until the end at which point it was not clear what happened. This is supposed to be a prequel so maybe if I'd read the other books it would be clearer.

    27. I hadn't realized that this was a prequel to Golden Key and I had read that so long ago I had nearly forgotten it. I enjoyed this story but nearly didn't finish it half-way through because I was irritated that the story jumped stream. She could have really brought this tale to life with more care, but instead the story marched along like a history book.

    28. I made it through 3/4 of the story but it became redundant and unappealing. It takes a lot for me to put down a book without finishing it, but this one I had no trouble setting aside. Sad too because the first part of the story was amazing. If it had stayed with that story line this review would be completely different.

    29. I love Melanie Rawn's books but I could not finish this one. It's three parts, different generations. After not liking the first chapter, I fully enjoyed the first part. I was enjoying the second part until the plotline suddenly changed and I just lost interest in who was marrying who and having what kids. Plus the whole multi-generational thing in one book just doesn't appeal to me.

    30. 2.5 stars( really needs to let you pick 1/2 stars)i really wanted to like this book. i love most of rawn's writings. but this book just felt like an outline. i never became invested in any of the characters.

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