When the King Comes Home

When the King Comes Home

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When the King IV comes home . . .

Good King Julian of Aravis has been dead for two hundred years, but his kingdom still misses him. The current occupant of the throne is old and witless and has no heir. The true ruler of Aravis is the powerful Prince Bishop, who controls both church and state.

When the King comes home, all wishes will be granted.

Hail Rosmer wants to be an artist-not an ordinary artist, but a great artist, as great as the fabled Maspero, who painted the famous Archangel altarpiece in the Palace of Aravis and made Good King Julian's crown.

When the King comes home, all dreams will be made real.

One day, Hail sees a man catching fish from the river and eating it raw. The man's clothes are antique in fashion. He looks exactly like King Julian of Aravis. And there begins an adventure that takes Hail and her enigmatic companion from palace to wilderness to battlefield and teaches her, and the rest of Aravis, what happens when the King comes home in sober reality.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312872144
Branch Call Number: STEVERMER C
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Dec 08, 2010

Loved this book. While it's technically fantasy because the story does contain some use of magic, it's a subtle comparison between the "magic of sorcery"--manipulative and destructive and the creational power of art.

Well written, thought-provoking, and deeply enjoyable.


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