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The Burning Land

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  • A most impressive accomplishment--large in scope, unusual in subject matter, literate in style, intelligent and thought-provoking. Ms. Strauss’s eye for detail is outstanding, as is her grasp of the mechanics and necessities of a non-technological society. The world she creates possesses a complexity and convincing solidity I’ve rarely seen equaled
    - Paula Volsky -

  • The Burning Land is skillfully crafted, with a soundly-stated central argument: that humankind corrupts the very beliefs it conceives itself to be honoring. This story is also one of a rare type wherein the action takes place chiefly on the minds of the characters; it thus depends for its interest on the ideas to which they give credence, rather than on physical confrontation with other beings. This difference from the usual pattern of a work of fantasy makes Ms. Strauss’ tale even more notable.
    - Andre Norton -

  • The author presents a unique fantasy world filled with complex intrigues and well-developed characters.
    - Library Journal -

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's strong influence enhances appeal for newcomers to Strauss, and readers of The Garden of the Stone and The Arm of the Stone will be impressed.
    - Booklist -

  • In her third book, Strauss presents something special in the The Burning Land. Along with a new world of politics, religion, power, and faith, she presents a coming of age story of one priest named Gyalo, a Shaper of great magical power and of greater soul.
    - SF Site -

  • Reading a Victoria Strauss fantasy is like seeing the final results of an intricate, painstakingly crafted painting...The Burning Land is one of those delicately compounded masterpieces, but readers should take the time to peer deeply into the final product to appreciate the dexterity and vision that created this unique world and the fascinating creatures who inhabit it. A magical read.
    - Lisa DuMond, Black Gate, MEviews -

  • This book's strength is its willingness to break the usual patterns for fantasy novels...In a genre full of "collect the plot coupon objects" and "farmboy becomes king/sorcerer" novels, The Burning Land tries to do something different with serious religious issues.
    - SF Revu -

  • The Burning Land is a prime example of the perfectly executed fantasy. Ms. Strauss has created a fast-moving and exciting adventure, set in a fantastic and fully realized world full of religious repression, powerful magic, hidden love and dark secrets...With crisp prose, rich characterizations and a compelling plotline, The Burning Land is a thought-provoking, exhilarating novel.
    - Writers Write -

  • The Burning Land is an epic tale written with depth, beauty, and powerful emotional conflict...[it] rates my very highest recommendation.
    - Nancy Mehl, MyShelf.com -

  • The story begins unhurriedly but once it picks up the pace, it does not release you. It's thorough, resonant, and well-told...Recommended.
    - Jody Wallace, Science Fiction Romance -

  • A complex fantasy that explores issues of religion, politics, apostasy, and heresy while not ignoring character development...Thoroughly engrossing, this thought provoking read harkens back to the 60's when writers such as Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, and Robert A. Heinlein were exploring the nature of religion in science fiction. Strauss does not publish often but her powerful writing seems to gain strength with each book.
    - Diana Tixier Herald, Genrefluent -

  • Thoughtful fantasy that packs a punch without the hack and slay.
    - The Alien Online -

  • Author Victoria Strauss delivers a stunningly powerful fantasy. The Burning Land combines fascinating world-building with epic yet fully nuanced characters, and an exciting plot line...the best fantasy I've read in a long time.
    - Booksforabuck.com -

  • Well written, deeply considered...An extremely well-done book that begs a sequel.
    - Fantastica Daily -

  • As this powerful epic ends, the reader is left wondering whether a new age truly is dawning, and who truly is the Next Messenger. I hope to read a sequel soon, for some answers.
    - BookLoons -

  • All in all, this is a well-realized and original treatment of a long-used archetype. I look forward to more from the series.
    - Curled Up With a Good Book -

  • Intense...a parable about all theology and violence which is especially apt for today's world.
    - Henry Leon Lazarus -

  • ...an entertaining, different epic fantasy...thought-provoking themes that leave the reader with a lot to think about.
    - Debbie Ledesma, Fantasy Worlds -

  • There are so few fantasies that convincingly seem like they are on real earth, but world builder phenomenal Victoria Strauss does it so effortlessly...Fans of Sterling Lanier will enjoy trekking with Gyalo as he journeys the fantastic realm of The Burning Land.
    - Harriet Klausner -