The Bird of the River

The Bird of the River Review

In this new story set in the world of The Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag, two teenagers join the crew of a huge river barge after their addict mother is drowned. The girl and her half-breed younger brother try to make the barge their new home. As the great boat proceeds up the long river, we see a panorama of cities and cultures, and begin to perceive patterns in the pirate attacks that happen so frequently in the river cities. Eliss, the girl, becomes a sharp-eyed spotter of obstacles in the river for the barge, and more than that, one who perceives deeply.

A young boy her age, Krelan, trained as a professional assassin, has come aboard, seeking the head of a dead nobleman, so that there might be a proper burial. But the head proves as elusive as the real explanation behind the looting of cities, so he needs Eliss’s help. And then there is the massive Captain of the barge, who can perform supernatural tricks, but prefers to stay in his cabin and drink.

Title:The Bird of the River
Edition Language:English

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  • Wealhtheow

    A beautiful story of a young woman traveling along a river. Eliss is smart, observant, and hard-working, and if she were any less competent she and her brother would probably be dead in a ditch somewh...

  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    This book was originally titled "And Summer Is Coming Soon," after the game that the protagonist Eliss and her brother Alder have played to make themselves feel better. (Their childhood might be best ...

  • Phoenixfalls

    This is a melancholy book, both because of its subject matter and because it is likely the last Kage Baker book I will ever see published, given her death last January. The speculative fiction field i...

  • Mariel

    Falena who had died on the river had had a face that seemed to have broken and been mended, a sad foolish face. She looked nothing like this practical and cautious girl, whose clear eyes focused sharp...

  • Althea Ann

    I am so very sad that there will be no more books set in this world. Story aside, this is just one of those fantasy worlds that you want to fall into and live in for a while… maybe not permanently, ...

  • Sarah Pugh

    I love this book for the characters, the setting - and how the pace and the language in the book reflect that tropical river setting and make you feel as if you're drifting on a river while reading it...

  • Peter Tillman

    First-rate fantasy coming-of-age novel, one of her best books. I somehow missed reading it until now, probably because I didn't much care for House of the Stag, the preceding book. Bird is second only...

  • Olga Godim

    I’m tempted to say something generic about this YA book, like ‘a nice little story.’ And it is exactly that, pretty generic too, although it reads well.The story follows a poor teenage girl, Eli...

  • John

    A delight--and a sadness to know that there won't be any more. This bildungsroman isn't as funny as ANVIL OF THE WORLD, but it has its moments and is better written and constructed...and worth the rat...

  • Tasula

    I love all Kage Baker books, especially The Company series. This is in a different "world"- in the same series as Houses of the Stag- strictly fantasy, with teen protagonists, so it is gentler than so...