The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman, #2)

[EPUB] ✺ The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman, #2) By Rosemary Kirstein – Two shining lights hung above motionless in the night sky as the constellations slowly passed behind them The common folk knew them well and used them to count the hours mark the seasonsBut when the s Two shining lights hung above motionless in the night sky as the constellations slowly passed behind them The common folk knew The Outskirter's MOBI :ò them well and used them to count the hours mark the seasonsBut when the steerswoman Rowan discovered a number of broken blue jewels of clearly magical origin her investigations led to a startling discovery a Guidestar had fallenThere were than two; the others hung above the opposite side of the world; something had caused one of those to fallBut what And what might it mean Rowan had no answersBut she knew one thing where the fallen Guidestar was located To reach it she must cross the Inner Lands and pass deep into the wild and deadly OutskirtsRowan's traveling companion Bel is an Outskirter herself Together the steerswoman and the warrior poet have a chance of surviving the cruel landscape the barbarian tribes and the bizarre native wildlifeBut there are secrets than one in the Outskirts and each dangerous step closer to the Guidestar brings new discoveries leading to the most startling secret of all.The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman, #2)


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  • Paperback
  • 333 pages
  • The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman, #2)
  • Rosemary Kirstein
  • English
  • 03 August 2016
  • 9780345368850

10 thoughts on “The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman, #2)

  1. says:

    I'm not even sure where to begin expessing how amazing I find this series and this book in particular my favorite of the series This world has two main cultural and geographic divings The Inner Lands folks live in the center of the know world and the setting is somewhat standard fantasy In the Outskirts live nomadic communities who live a simpler life in a harsher environmentThe Steerswomen or occaisonally steersmen are a key group in this series; a steerswoman Rowan is the main character They are lifelong students who travel the world to observe and study it If asked a uestion steerswomen must tell the truth and anyone to whom they ask a uestion must do the same or be put under the steerswoman ban Under ban no steerswoman will answer even the simplest of uestions which can be a serious conseuence in a society where the steerswomen are the gatherers and spreaders of knowledge In fact their role in society is so highly valued that it is custom to give them food and shelter for free I have a soft spot for Rowan because I identify with her thirst for knowledge her analytical mind her textbook like manner of explanation when a uestion is asked and her sometimes stilted social skillsIn this book we travel to the Outskirts and are able to learn about the culture and ecology of these people Any able bodied person in a warrior protecting the tribe from potential attack from other tibes In injury old age or mental inability outskirters become mertutials the people who cook herd goats or otherwise care for the tribe Both warriors and mertutials are eually respected Some evenings are filled with songs poetry and tales from a people of surprising intellectual sophistication for having been stereotyped as barbarians I love outskirter culture and I particularly love Bel main character number two best friend to Rowan who is both fierce warrior and singerpoet I would love to be like her but sadly end up like her literal bookish counterpartThe best thing about this series is following Rowan's investigation Though this is a fantasy setting it is clear from early on that there is some very sophisticated technology on this world that the common folk are not allowed to understand Anything high tech is labeled as magic a catch all cagegory for anything whose causes are not understood Rowan of course will not rest until she does understand and it is amazing to watch her mind wrap around concepts that are commonplace to us but far beyond anything she's ever dealt with I also enjoy learning in this book about the uniue ecological systems of the outskirts which end up being an important piece of the puzzle I don't think you necessarily have to love fantasy to get into this series because unlike most fantasy it plays to a broader type of audience It is these unusual ualties that make the book stand out for me and that push it into my top 10 categoryThe one drawback most charcters are straight which would be fine if I weren't already drowning in straight fantasy and in a world with a hetereosexual and gender normal paradigm But again as with Flewelling's books there is not excessive differentiation between women and men main characters which is a redeaming uality

  2. says:

    The one where Rowan and Bel explore the Outskirts and make shocking discoveries Wow I really enjoyed the first book but this is a level up The Outskirters are the ones that the villagers view as barbarians and in some ways their culture is exactly what you'd predict while in other ways it's entirely different I particularly loved the role played by poetry And I liked the introduction of the Face People the ones that the barbarians view as barbarians and the reasons why they do the things they doAnd then the pleasant slow ish exploration of other cultures got knocked down by wave upon wave of danger and I read the last hundred pages all in one dizzying swoop and ended up blinking and dazed Worldbuilding predictions view spoilerLong about the time we met the goblins I decided that what we were looking at was about the third or fourth generation of humans on a terraforming mission where somehow the knowledge of their origins had been lost or intentionally destroyed I still think there's good support for this but the fact that the people in book 1 had folklore that there used to be a moon and the fact that people in this book see something in the night sky that they call the Milky Way those things puzzle me Is there any way that this alien place could be Earth And if not why are they using Earth language like that hide spoiler

  3. says:

    I love how Kirstein takes her time telling this story again shrugging off any traditional expectations about how the story in book two should follow from book one If you are a fan of continuous world building that fits in naturally with the evolution of a story and characters this series is for youBecause of the detailed depiction of a distinctly non Western society nomadic well organized proud and tough as nails due to the challenges of their environment I was reminded of another book published in the same year Robert Jordan's The Shadow Rising Like the Aiel in Jordan's series the Outlanders are presented as mysterious barbaric and dangerously violent when the mainstream characters first encounter and interact with them Through the eyes of one of these protagonists we learn what it can be like to embed with a culture utterly unlike our own and share the character's journey of curiosity to appreciation to respect to honor understanding and meaningful connection Kirstein outdoes Jordan in her depth and focus in what is ultimately also a accessible and better written story Full marks

  4. says:

    This review contains spoilers for The Steerswoman the first book in this seriesThe second book in the Steerswoman series picks up very uickly from where the first one leaves off Will has gone off to become a wizard and while I have no doubt he'll appear in later books to help foil the mysteriously evil Slado's plot he didn't make an appearance in this book at all which though I have nothing against the boy made it all the betterWe're again left with Bel and Rowan together as traveling companions and in my mind they make a very agreeable pair with each covering the other's weaknesses in knowledge and figuring things out They also compliment one another as characters in that they have disagreements and can remain playful just the same It's fun when they team up against others where we again enjoy Bel's uick wit and forward manner This time however it's Rowan who is unused to the customs as they head to the Outskirts to take a look at the site where Bel's father found so many of the curious blue jewels now believed to be part of a fallen guide star so long agoFor all the mostly useless walking around they did throughout the book and it was pretty much throughout the ENTIRE book as Outskirters tend to roam with their herd of goats it was a captivating book Bel and Rowan become immersed in tribal politics which is interesting because of the different point of view the Outskirters have from the Inner Landers Their job is to conuer the land not live in harmony with it and even their death ritual involves flinging body parts around to kill the landAgain I'm kind of at a loss to explain why I enjoyed this book so much but I'd probably put it down to the characters I love how Rowan is always curious and thinking and her discoveries don't seem put on at all when she makes them like other books I can think of And Bel's straightforward bluntness is continually refreshing in addition to the tribe'sI felt the eventual discovery of view spoilerFletcher as a magic user was expertly done a lot of the time hints toward something like this stand out brazenly against the rest of the book but these were subtle and had me wondering about him not just waiting for him to be discovered His death however was totally abrupt I wasn't even clear that was what had happened until a few pages later and I had to go back and read again I don't know that one sentence is adeuate to end such an important and influential character I do applaud Kirstein for doing it though as I always appreciate the unexpected in that way However I definitely think he shouldn't have been killed before all information could be gleaned from him even if it was for a blood rite I must also admit that I was expecting Fletcher to eventually have the ban lifted on him when Rowan realized that he hadn't been lying about loving her hide spoiler

  5. says:

    No joke though I actually enjoyed this book than the first It follows through treats the reader with respect and continues to explore then world EXTREMELY thoughtfully And “world” encompasses than just the environment the makeup of the protagonists continues to deepen in the most fascinating way I was a little concerned because the “villain” is so abstract but the author continues to be effective So good I’m beginning to think on who to recommend this series to

  6. says:

    I reviewed this series on the page for the first book It's my intention to convince you to read this series It is possible to start with this book book two if you wish Book two was my favorite in the series followed by book three I'm looking forward to forthcoming volumes

  7. says:

    So when I picked up this series I saw that book 4 had been published in 2004 and concluded that the series was complete that's good Then I learned that was not the case but that Del Ray had lost interest and stopped publishing them that's bad Then I learned that Rosemary Kirstein had re acuired the rights had re released them in e book and trade paperback and was planning to self publish 5 and 6 that's good Then I learned the frogurt is also cursed that's bad Anyway Rosemary if you pay attention to Goodreads reviews at all move forward with publishing 5 and 6 ASAP because at the rate I'm going I'll be through with the four currently available in the next few days And I need answers damn itMoving onThis features of what made book 1 so awesome a science fiction story disguised as a fantasy story with a protagonist who uses reason and learning as her weapons of choice Still somewhat of a hypercompetent Mary Sue but I am finding that I like her enough that doesn't bother meShe's also doing a great job at gradually revealing what is going on on two levels On the one hand we're learning things right along with Rowan as she gathers information on everything that's been going on in the world in general and the Outskirts in particular And on the other hand knowing that this is a science fiction story and having a very strong background in science and possibly valuable in consuming sci fi I have a good sense of lots of things that are going on that are simply beyond Rowan's understanding of the universeSo like I said I want

  8. says:

    The seuel to the superb The Steerswoman somehow manages to be at least good as the original despite the clever twist on science and fantasy no longer being a twistMuch of the appeal for me is that the order of steerswomen this captures the joy and excitement of scientists and scientists at their very best on a good day They know things but what is really important is learning and learning reuires embracing exactly those things they are ignorant of They are impressively competent and deliberately walk away from their comfort zone They will all share their hard won answers freely but they really glory in asking the uestions The protagonist Rowan has all these traitsAlso there's goblins and swordfightingNarratively the bulk of this book is a classic SFfantasy travelogue structure with descriptions of alien landscapes wildlife weather and customs as Rowan heads into the Outskirts with her friend Bel Rowan is so out of her element that it's not just that she doesn't know which insects are poisonous are which aren't any she can't even tell them apart when they are pointed out to her I completely sympathize The multivolume arc with the wizards who are everything steerswomen are not advances just a little in about the direction anyone would have guessed from the first book but fairly cleverly in detail and execution

  9. says:

    Wow the author created a rich society and filled it with complex characters in the opener and here she does it again with both sending Rowan and Bel into the Outskirts to check out the fallen Guide Star and having them fall in with several communities of Outskirters The only uibble I can make is that because she's such a dab hand at creating believable details as well as the broader stuff it seems odd that Rowan can slaughter experienced warriors in droves when she fights Otherwise terrific Reread Feb 2015 oddly I had forgotten most of the story so it was like reading a new book Re read 820 in the midst of the covid 19 pandemicMemorable linesA steerswoman might not know everything but everything that a steerswoman did know was trueIt's the large things in life that drive us that we measure ourselves by; but it's the small things the daily things that that become precious to us

  10. says:

    In this book the story begun in The Steerswoman continues The Steerswoman Rowan and her friend the Outskirter Bel travel to find the source of mysterious jewels At first this was no than a routine inuiry but as deception and violence follow them they begin to suspect there's something to discover Is there a plot by an evil wizard to disrupt weather patterns and take over the world Is the way of life followed by the barbarians of the Outskirts threatened What do the Guidestars which have long been used in navigation but now Rowan suspects may be significant have to do with it The Rowan discovers the uestions she has especially concerning the Outskirts and the land beyond which seems completely inimical to human lifeAn excellent novel especially notable for its vividly drawn cultures

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