A Rumor of Gems

A Rumor of Gems Enter the port city of Arcato an old and magical town set somewhere in our modern world a town where gemstones have begun to mysteriously appear gemstones whose mystical powers aren t mere myth or le

  • Title: A Rumor of Gems
  • Author: Ellen Steiber
  • ISBN: 9780312858797
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Enter the port city of Arcato an old and magical town set somewhere in our modern world, a town where gemstones have begun to mysteriously appear gemstones whose mystical powers aren t mere myth or legend but frighteningly real, casting their spells for good and ill And the gemstones aren t all that s awry gods and tricksters have also been loosed, sewing chaos inEnter the port city of Arcato an old and magical town set somewhere in our modern world, a town where gemstones have begun to mysteriously appear gemstones whose mystical powers aren t mere myth or legend but frighteningly real, casting their spells for good and ill And the gemstones aren t all that s awry gods and tricksters have also been loosed, sewing chaos in the streets of Arcato.Caught in this maelstrom of magic and chance are four people whose lives become inextricably intertwined Lucinda de Francesco, an embittered young woman who has no interest in falling under the influence of gods, gems, or any man Alasdair, a shaman of sorts who can read and invoke the power of the stones Sebastian Keane, an antiques dealer who pursues Lucinda with charm and persistence and other mysterious means and Micheal Fortunato, an 11 year old boy who under the influence of gods and gems may have become a killer.A Rumor of Gems is a suspenseful, sexy story about the myths that linger in the shadows of our world If you ve ever been seduced by the beauty and power of gemstones, come find the magic at their heart.

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    1. I haven't read a book I liked this completely in a long time. Everything was beautiful and all the characters were wonderful and the story was amazing. She really did well with this book. It left me feeling satisfied but I would totally devour a sequel. It's a little predictable at times like most books are but that didn't take anything away from the experience and there were still a lot of things that surprised me. When I was getting close to the end, I was so sad because I just wanted it to go [...]

    2. I've read and liked Ellen Steiber's short stories in several of Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow's anthologies, and my interest was piqued when I read that she'd written an adult fantasy novel. A Rumor of Gems is an urban fantasy, set in the subtly magical and beautifully described city of Arcato, in what feels very much like our modern time, though in another world. Mysterious things have begun to happen in the city; gems are appearing everywhere, stones with power beyond their beauty and value, [...]

    3. Based on the cover art and the fact that there were magical gemstones in the premise, I wasn't sure how good this book would be, but I was desperate for a new read. So glad I picked this up browsing from the library. From the very beginning of the book I was hooked. The characters had a way of avoiding the staid and boring fantasy stereotypes, and though they did fit character type for the most part, they were real people. As a very fast reader with a hefty literary appetite, it is so wonderful [...]

    4. This book was imaginative, it had an interesting premise, and I did not like it. Perhaps that is because I am not the target demographic: I couldn't relate to Lucinda at all, and without any empathetic connection she came off as incredibly selfish and whiny. Maybe when I'm older I'll be able to connect to her bitterness - I hope not, though. Alasdair was all right, though not interesting. The plot with the (view spoiler)[other shapeshifter (hide spoiler)] came in really late; the foreshadowing w [...]

    5. I reread this after first reading it ten or more years ago's been in the back of my mind for a decade, and every so often I'd check to see if the author had written anything new that I could pick up. () I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered -- and I'd have to say, yes. It's not a perfect book, but the richness of the geography, the religion(s), the magic, the science, all based in but skillfully extracted from our own world's a fascinating read, with interesting, well-constructed cha [...]

    6. Hard to rate. The author is a brilliant writer. Her prose is perfection. Makes me want to study this book like a textbook. Writing alone is a perfect 5.The story was okay. A 2.75. Gave 4 stars b/c story trumps writing in my book.I may have to check something else out by her though b/c she's a wonder to read.

    7. I enjoyed this. It reminded me of Charles DeLint, as it centers around the personal in the midst of the mythic. I enjoyed how the author had stones mean different things, and have different temperaments and significances. Recommended to those who enjoy Charles DeLint or similar urban fantasy.There is some language, if that botheres you.

    8. I loved the atmosphere in the first, say, 2/3 of this book. The obligatory quest travel was less interesting, and the last 1/4 felt sort of tacked on, and it just introduced a couple of two-dimensional characters who didn't add much to the storyline. Possibly more like a 2.5.

    9. This is one of my favorite books ever. A real-yet-unknown town set with gods and mythical beings from all beliefs, combined and working together. A beautiful love story. The gems are just as much a character as the main heroes. I can't wait to read it again.

    10. Slow plot and conflict development. Interesting world and magic system. My favorite character were the gems - delightful!

    11. A well-researched, capitvating novel that creates a believable fantasy world where gods walk among (meddle with) men, stones speak, and love makes just a little more sense.

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