The Lost Steersman The Steerswoman #3

[Read] ➲ The Lost Steersman The Steerswoman #3 ➮ Rosemary Kirstein – How do you find a person you have never seen or have never heard described And what if the conseuences of not finding him are too terrible to imagineThe steerswoman Rowan has learned that Slado a myst How do you find a person Steersman The PDF ↠ you have never seen or have never heard described And what if the conseuences of not finding him are too terrible to imagineThe steerswoman Rowan has learned that Slado a mysterious wizard has secretly been working spells of incredible power Both the Inner Lands and the Outkskirts are now threatened by his magic—and before the destruction becomes too great to reverse Rowan must find Slado so that he can be stopped But how does one stop the most powerful man in the worldIn the seaside town The Lost Epub / of Alemeth the Annex holds centuries of steerswomen's journals They may contain clues to Slado's location but combing through them would take time than Rowan has to spend Then she encounters a lost friend Janus one of the few rare Steersmen But Janus uit the order without explanation Now the bright beloved companion of Rowan's student days has become a man dominated by dark moods and even darker secretsWhen sleepy Alemeth transforms into a place of chaos terror and sudden death Rowan wonders if all the secrets are connected The shocking answer will Lost Steersman The ePUB ´ change the steerswoman—and her world—forever.The Lost Steersman The Steerswoman #3


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  • 419 pages
  • The Lost Steersman The Steerswoman #3
  • Rosemary Kirstein
  • English
  • 27 May 2016
  • 9780345462299

10 thoughts on “The Lost Steersman The Steerswoman #3

  1. says:

    Okay so wow This book is still percolating in my brain it's amazing I'm going to be mulling it over for a whileThe first half of this book is in line with the first and second books in the Steerswoman series Rowan returns from her Outskirter adventure and is doing research in a small town making haphazard attempts at fitting in while she goes through an appallingly neglected archive I liked this part of the book perfectly well; the townspeople are interesting particularly Steffie the young man who is intrigued by the way Rowan thinks and finds himself challenged to broaden his own mental horizons I would have been perfectly happy to read an entire book about the village and the odd demon attacks that begin thereBut the second half of this book takes the first half and the earlier volumes of the series and takes them to a whole new place Kirstein writes what is so hard to pull off well a completely alien society not an alien society that looksactsthinks like humans only with interesting anatomy or something Rowan becomes almost an xeno anthropologist and it is utterly riveting I found myself almost holding my breath And when at the very end the full story of the secret of the eponymous Lost Steersman is revealed it took my breath away even though I had known to expect something of the likeI've read a lot of fantasysci fi and until this book The Steerswoman series was a perfectly nice pleasant way to spend an afternoon For instance I loved the sociological study bits of Book 2 in the Outskirter tribe and all the interesting characters Kirstein gave us But this book took things to a different level WowReally looking forward to the next book in the series If I hadn't stayed up until 3am because I had to finish this one tonight I'd start in on the next one immediatelySmall notes Bel is almost entirely off screen in this book for necessary plot purposes I do miss her she's an amazing character but needs must Kirstein gives us Steffie to help make up for her absence I don't think this book would stand alone You might be able to skip the first book I'm not sure although you'd lose tons of character development but the second book is necessary to read before this one

  2. says:

    I had read this book once before I must have been about ten years old; I owned and loved The Steerswoman's Road and borrowed this third book in the series from the library For some reason it made little impression on me I remembered the emotional contours of the story the tension and nostalgia between Rowan and Janus the warmth of Steffie's arc the steadily building frustration very much like that of The Outskirter's Secret and then the dramatic upset of the ending But I remembered it as artificial inferior to the previous two booksI have no idea how I could have thought that of this book I must have been too young for itKirstein's narrative skill astonishes me; I don't think I know any other author who can grip my attention in this very particular way lead me so effectively down the path of her story She does reveals and revelations amazingly well I think this is largely because these novels are at their core so much about the process of discovery itself and her reveals engage the reader eually on an emotional and intellectual level I knew this before today I've read The Steerswoman's Road over and over and over dissecting its craft with as much fascination and excitement as Rowan has when she dissects the unfamiliar creatures and objects she encounters But rereading The Lost Steersman for the first time in many years I was completely and entirely absorbedAnd the last sectionthe last section hit me so hard that I felt winded closing the bookview spoilerI know that I resisted Kirstein's lead strongly which I think is partly why I had such a spotty recollection of the novel's final section I wanted the story she promised us I wanted the rich delicious interpersonal dynamics between Rowan and Janus and Zenna to be explored I wanted a confrontation with Slado I wanted ends to be tied up and the story to have an elegant conclusion I remembered from my first decade old reading that I would not get that but my expectations blinded me to the story that she was telling though in retrospect it is the most symmetrical and gorgeous thingI kept debating whether or not the resemblance of Janus to Fletcher troubled me I was somewhat though not entirely mollified when Rowan herself commented upon it and then the ending inverted Fletcher's storyline brilliantly Because Rowan like the readers sees the resemblance between Fletcher and Janus and is misled by it misunderstands what sort of story she is in And through her misunderstanding she partly turns Janus into Fletcher at least if her assumption of what he has left to do at the end of the novel is correct and allows him to use false narratives from the previous novels to hoodwink her friends Which is an incredible choice on Kirstein's part if so so manipulativeThe things that these books have to say about colonialism are absolutely staggering and I do not entirely know what to do with themI don't really want to talk about it in terms of genre as fantasy or science fiction because ultimately that does not matter These are stories about communication about language in all its forms and that is their essenceI don't think I know any book that takes such intense continuous and variegated delight in the very idea of words knowledge learning as these do hide spoiler

  3. says:

    If my praise of Rosemary Kirstein is growing tedious that is most likely because you haven't read her books yet and you don't understand why it is so well deserved Unfettered by common tropes spectacularly expressive in her prose talented wielder of the slow reveal Kirstein is not messing around This is her story; she was meant to tell it Reasons to like this third installment New character Steffie whose brain works so much faster than his ability to get his thoughts out that he ends up looking and feeling baffled but still acting with a wisdom beyond his years If he does not capture your heart you are made of STONE New settings new challenges new immediate perils that prevent Rowan from making the immediate progress she desires towards her larger goal but end up revealing essential information that significantly advances our understanding of the world New linguistic challenges akin to those in the movie Arrival to tickle the brain It would be spoiling to say And of course all the things I loved from the first two books the championing of intellectual endeavor and logical methodologies the matter of course feminism the prose that seems to form shapes and create gravitational forces in its ability to bring you along into the exact way that a character is perceiving somethingAnd in a single elegant movement of thought so graceful it astonished Rowan herself the steerswoman created in her mind both the largest map she had ever conceived and the smallest simultaneously The largest was of the world itself whose shape and size she knew from the secret and intimate interplay of mathematics but which she now seemed to see whole all open sweep beyond all horizons curving to meet itself at the other side complete entire and huge so hugeThe smallest map was to scale that part of the world known by humankind The smallest map was crowded; the greatest nearly emptyAnd there just outside the smaller map the steerswoman with casual precision marked her own position as if with a bright silver needle; and she saw and felt the greater map rock turn orient descend or ascend she could not tell which approaching adjusting and finally matching point for point those distant cliffs those nearer hills this shoreline this rock strewn beach the spray splashed boulder on which Rowan stood wet to the knees arms thrown wide head tilted back breathing salt tang air and laughing for wonder

  4. says:

    This is almost two books the first depicting broken people's struggles Rowan struggles with the trauma of living in the Outskirts constantly in danger and returning to civilization Struggling with safety Struggling with townspeople who are soft slow and do not understand danger and the trust it brings Rowan's character comes out in detail as a medieval geek dedicated to knowledge always thinking logically unable to connect with the people around her unable to understand the society she enriches and protects Isolated and her efforts at finding and giving truth isolate and frustrate herself further This comes out in stark contrast when we meet other steerswomen who do their jobs very differentlyI will admit the first half drags a bit It's worth itThe second book is Rowan's trip to another planet metaphorically Like her interactions learning Outskirter society and land in The Outskirter's Secret she delves into a land even alien even hostile and with an even shocking secret Culminating in one of my favorite things a truly alien society Beings so unlike ourselves that not only can Rowan not communicate she can't even begin to build a common language A xenolinguist's dream and nightmare

  5. says:

    The one where Rowan works with other steerswomen absent present past and future makes a long journey and an amazing discovery but doesn't get one step closer to the wizard she's looking for The pacing of this book was very strange the section in the Demon Lands would have worked perfectly fine if it had been in the early part of the story but in the last third where we're conditioned to expect the pace to pick up it was agonizingly slow I also couldn't buy the leaps of logic that Rowan made about the behavior that she observed view spoilerIt's one thing to see what she saw and conclude that these creatures are almost certainly sapient tool builders with a culture and a language and uite another to say I saw a male killed in the street for speaking with words Also does it never occur to her at all that the discovery that the demons are people may be the reason for the discontinuation of the Routine Bioform Clearance? Doesn't it seem probable that the wizards have been thrown for a loop and are going to have to get together and make some changes to their terraforming plans? Off the subject going on record here with a prediction that SLADO is an acronym rather than a person hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I love these books so much I read the first two compiled into one book about a year ago They're a celebration of science and exploration in such a Star Trek meets fantasy novel meets mystery novel kind of way The suspense centres on solving the mystery with our hero Rowan while she tries stubbornly to do everything on her own while meeting awesome friends along the way who want to help I can't reveal my favourite thing about this book without totally spoiling it but if you liked the first two this one's even better It goes in a totally surprising direction

  7. says:

    I LOVED the Steerswoman and I literally cannot understand how every new book in this series keeps getting BETTER THIS BOOK ABSOLUTELY BLEW ME AWAY READ IT

  8. says:

    I picked up the first in the Steerswoman series after reading a review in Eyrieorg this is a site I don't see mentioned much at all probably since it's pretty low key but I've been following it for many years it's led me to uite a lot of wonderful books mostly in the fantasysci fi and non fiction genres I had never heard of Rosemary Kirstein and never heard of this series before reading the review Having finished all 4 available books now I can tell you they should be much better knownThe books were written over uite a long period The first two came out in 1989 and 1992 while the last were published in 2003 and 2004 And I really should note here that the series is not yet complete I didn't know that when I started as I only read the review of book 1 We do have a fair bit of resolution and closure by the end of book 4 so it still feels satisfying but if you don't want to get into a series that might never been completed I think Kirstein is supposed to be working on another book but it's been 13 years this might not be for youOnto the books themselves then They are set in a world that feels vaguely medieval Rowan our main protagonist is a Steerswoman Steerswomen are part of an order devoted to seeking out sharing and preserving knowledge Some of their number work in archives doing mostly the preserving part but Rowan is one of the many who spend their time travelling She talks to people and finds out stuff basically which she then makes sure is written down and gets to the archives If she finds anything interesting or remarkable her job is to investigate it and understand it using her extensive training about how to think and reasonSteerswomen have some fascinating rules about how they operate They must answer truthfully any uestions they are asked In exchange anyone they interact with must in turn answer Steerswomen's uestions just as truthfully If anyone refuses to answer a uestion or the Steerswoman realises they have lied then that person is placed under the Steerswomen's ban No Steerswoman will answer any of their uestions This is a world where the Steerswomen's knowledge is considered extremely valuable they are welcomed pretty much everywhere and will often not have to pay for anything so the ban is something most people want to avoidThe exception are the wizards The wizards are the only ones in this world who have magic and they hold themselves apart They are extremely powerful and operate sort of as a kind of nobility the ones who control territory and have carved up the entire country amongst themselves The wizards refuse to answer any uestions from Steerswomen and no one knows what they're about They're as a class all under the ban So that's the setup As the first book starts Rowan is puzzling over some strange flat blue jewels she's found over the years They're like nothing she's seen elsewhere and she's very intrigued by the pattern of where they've been found It seems almost as if they've been flung with great force and from a strange point of origin As she begins to investigate in earnest it becomes clear wizards are trying to kill her And it's just as clear this has got something to do with the jewels which only makes Rowan determined to find out what they areRight at the start of the book Rowan meets an Outskirter named Bel Bel owns a belt with some of the blue jewels encrusted in it and it's her information about where those were found that leads to Rowan deciding to investigate properly and conseuently puts the wizards after her Bel is intrigued by the whole thing and suggests she join Rowan on her travels for a while The Outskirters are a nomadic people who live in well the outskirts of the 'civilised' world They are known for being fierce warriors and those of the Inner Lands who leave close to the edge fear them as they are prone to raiding Someone like Bel is useful to have around when people are trying to kill you plus Rowan recognises and likes the curiosity and intelligence in BelLater on they're also joined by a young man named William who comes from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere William has managed to teach himself some magic and is determined to parlay that into a better life and become a wizard's apprenticeThe books all follow Rowan sometimes with Bel andor William sometimes not as she works to solve the mystery of the jewels And what she finds out is uite earthshattering something that will change her entire conception of how her world worksIt's a fabulous series The worldbuilding is fresh and complex and really intriguing which I hope will be obvious from my description above But what really makes these books are the characters The worldbuilding and revelations are perfectly integrated into the story of characters who feel well developed and who we come to care about very deeply It's not just about what we find out it's about the process and about how that affects people and their worldviewRowan is just awesome She's intelligent and determined and brave I loved her complete devotion to knowledge because it's driven by a very ethical and idealistic and well humanistic worldview She's devoted to knowledge because she believes it will make people's lives better and because she therefore believes they have a right to it I just loved seeing her think She's an extremely logical person and Kirstein made me believe in the thought processes that led her way way out of her sphere of experience and into the completely inconceivableBel is also fantastic and makes a perfect foil for Rowan She's just as intelligent but intuitive adventurous She brings Rowan back to Earth when she occasionally goes off into the abstract plain and her real world knowledge and understanding of people are crucial in helping Rowan achieve her missionBook 1 The Steerswoman functions as set up and introduction but without it feeling like mere worldbuilding There is a proper plot and we get enough resolution and we also find out some initial answers eg we find out what the jewels are and have a pretty good idea of where they came from So it's one where even if you decide not to go on you'll have had some satisfaction if you stop there But you really shouldn't stop there becauseBook 2 The Outskirter's Secret is by far the best out of all four I'm not sure how Kirstein gets it to work so well because the set up is not necessarily promising Having found some answers in the previous book Rowan decides she needs to go visit the area where the jewels in Bel's belt were found This is way beyond the civilised world in an area of the Outskirts that is remote even to Outskirters themselves It's a dangerous journey so she joins Bel's tribe which is headed in that general direction for part of the way There is a lot of travelling here and a lot about Rowan exploring Outskirter culture and customs That's the bulk of the book That can be episodic and boring but here it absolutely isn't It's all fascinating and gripping and there are several moments that brought me close to tears the scene where new people are brought into the clan and the way the recitation of ancestors worked to do that wow And then we come to the resolution of the book which was just awesome full of danger and massive revelations and left me gasping in astonishment It's a wonderful book and one where weeks later I still relive certain scenes Book 3 The Lost Steersman was a bit of a letdown after the wonder that was The Outskirter's Secret Rowan is back to the Inner Lands and stops at one of the Archives The Steerswoman who was supposed to be in charge of it has died and no replacement has been sent which is a problem since the woman had done a piss poor job of organising and preserving new material Rowan's efforts to sort out the records while finding anything that will help with her mission are interrupted by increasingly freuent attacks on the town by monsters from the Outskirts and Rowan is determined to use her skills as a Steerswoman to help the town surviveThere's a lot of good stuff here I liked Rowan's conflicted relationship with the townspeople They were used to the previous Steerswoman who might have been terrible at her job but was the beating heart of town life When Rowan comes in with her efficiency and proper Steerswoman attitude they resent her I also loved seeing Rowan using her logic to solve the problem of the monsters Unfortunately at one point the book becomes all about the monsters and there's a much too long section of exploration related to them There's also the Lost Steersman of the title yes there are some male ones although not many at all All in all although enjoyable enough to read this one felt like a bit of detour with little progression on the overarching plotBook 4 The Language of Power brings us back to the main plot Rowan has realised she needs to find a particular wizard and the book builds up to a major confrontation The focus here is in what we find out about the wizards and what they do and there are many many revelations here about the main plot even if not everything is resolved Rowan does get a long way towards understanding For the first time since book 1 we get Rowan working together with both Bel and William who's spent several years working with the wizards and has learnt a whole lot which felt lovelyI think my favourite element about this book is again seeing Rowan using her reason to grasp stuff that is just out of her experience completely Kirstein manages to make it feel believable It's not easy and yet when Rowan makes leaps it feels plausible It was great fun to readAnd now we get into a spoilery part which is one of the main attractions of the series the particular idea it explores I'll mark this section with a spoiler warning but I will say that it was obvious to me that this was the theme being explored from relatively early in the first book so it's not something that will ruin the books if you find outReady? Spoiler starts view spoilerSo basically Kirstein is playing with Arthur C Clarke's third law which states that Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic Turns out that this is some sort of post apocalyptic world where the secrets of the extremely advanced technology of the civilisations that came before were somehow and we don't uite learn how yet preserved by a small group of people the wizards Those people have kept a monopoly over that knowledge and turned it into the basis of their power It's a simple premise but it lets Kirstein do so so much There's the contrast between the Steerswomen's attitude to knowledge and that of the wizards There's the fascinating process through which theories are formed and then accepted about the unexplained And in almost opposition to that there's the exploration of the power of logic and reason in the face of the same unexplained It's beautifully done and I got enormous amounts of satisfaction from it hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Hmm Third book in the series So I loved the first and second books because they were a fresh new way of doing things that I hadn't read before With this one there were times when I was wondering if there might be a reason that people don't write this way Not all the time mind you but on occasionThese books are the most realistic in such a fascinating way For example in the second book this is a spoiler for the second book if you haven't read it by the way Rowan went on an epic journey to discover about the fallen guidestar but didn't end up learning anything about it at all Journeys take you in places you never intend to be sure and a lot of what happens in real life is useless in the sense of one goal People make false assumptions on huge scales but most book characters never do because then they would wander away from the point of the story That's why this book is different It doesn't care if the point of the story is lost because something is still learned and that's what being a Steerswoman is all aboutWill Rowan eventually learn something about the wizard Slado and work on saving her world from him? Sure But I'm certain this is going to be one of those missions that drags on and on for books and books And yes the unrelated stuff she learns in each book will no doubt be very significant in coming back to help her in understanding magic and the wizards at a most dire time but as of now in looking back on the entire book I can safely say that NOTHING plot related happened in the entire book Is this a bad thing? I haven't decidedThat said the writing is very intelligent and the debates and reasoning methods are fun to read about The way an idea or observation is turned over in Rowan's mind is intricate and amazing And the characters are very human especially in making mistakes and as individual people But where was Bel for the entire book? Bel brought a lot of humor to the previous two books something that was missed in this one Then we come to that pesky Steerswoman ban again where if someone won't answer your uestions you don't answer theirs So Rowan will bend the rules to answer a wizard's uestion but she won't answer her former friend Janus's not really uestion uestion of When did your hair get as gray as a badger's? I'm a fan of the idea of the ban but its application is very uneven As I suppose would be realistic but in this case it just seemed annoying like Rowan was playing at being all high and mighty because Janus wouldn't tell her stuff The wizard wouldn't tell her stuff either but she doesn't seem to want to apply the ban to him She's cheatingWill I keep reading the series? Maybe because of one significant arrival at the end But I'll be prepared for very little plot movement and a lot world exploring in the meantime Kirstein's still got three or four books to plod out if she has her way

  10. says:

    Our steerswoman Rowan returns from the outskirts to the 'frontier' town of Alemeth to search the Steerswomen's archives there for clues to the wizard Slado Bel remains in the outskirts to alert other tribes of the coming problems In Alemeth Rowan finds Janus a former steersman who uit a few years ago and who is now banned due to his refusal to answer why he uit The former keeper of the archives in Alemeth recently passed away and Rowan assumes her role albeit disuieted about the state of the archives Steffie a young man basically used to hang out with the former archive keeper and begins to work with Rowan Rowan feels there is something off about Janus and begins to look into his affairs A nice slow burn novel that gives further clues to the state of humanity It seems that humanity itself is either an invader on the planet surrounded by a hostile ecosystem or earth itself has been invaded The clues are tantalizing and looking forward to the next installment

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