The Spirit Ring

  • by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by Jessica Almasy
  • 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.
Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother, Uri, arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia....
A betrayal at a banquet plunges Thur and Fiametta into a struggle against men who would use vile magic for vile ends. The needs of this desperate moment will require all their wits, all their talents, and all their courage, if they are to rescue both Montefoglia and the souls of those they most love.

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What the Critics Say

"[An] enthralling dark fantasy set in Renaissance Italy, where the church regulates magic and licenses magicians.... In a perfectly natural manner, Bujold incorporates the concept of magic into this crisply paced, fully developed tale. She notes that Benvenuto Cellini served as the inspiration for the hugely talented, hugely egocentric Beneforte." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

need to stick with it

I remember when I first read this book I gave up after a few chapters, then went back a year or so later and enjoyed it. It could be the same for some with this recording. The story at first is not particularly interesting; told initially from the point of view of a teenage girl who seems somewhat self obsessed. It is not helped by the narrator who has a girlish voice, puts her emphasis in very strange places in the sentence, bringing it to a complete stop, and sometimes mispronounces words. (unless Bujold really was writing about women's undergarments rather than a brazier)

The story and characters do however develop and either the narrator improves or I was able to ignore her better.

It is clearly early Bujold and is written for a younger readership, but you can see in there the development of the maturer writer and some of her incidental description, such as when Thur is sitting in the monastery garden talking to Fiametta, is quite lovely.

I can't help feeling that she used some of the ideas from this to develop for the Chalion books.

I can't give it full marks, but it's an enjoyable story with an exciting and unusual climax.
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- Catriona

Great story.

Great story, but I wasn't so impressed with the narrator. I love all Lois Bujold's stuff, but I do wish they'd chosen someone with a less annoying voice to read it.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios