Reaching far beyond sword and sorcery, The Scar is a story of two people torn by disaster, their descent into despair, and their reemergence through love and courage.Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as The Wanderer challenges Egert and slashes hiReaching far beyond sword and sorcery, The Scar is a story of two people torn by disaster, their descent into despair, and their reemergence through love and courage.Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as The Wanderer challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a terrible scar and a curse of cowardice Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the blight, and his painful journey leads him down a dangerous path.Stylistically reminiscent of Robin Hobb, and with a haunting and ominous imagination similar to a Michael Moorcock s, The Scar tells a story that cannot be forgotten.
The Scar Reaching far beyond sword and sorcery The Scar is a story of two people torn by disaster their descent into despair and their reemergence through love and courage Egert is a brash confident member
The Scar is one of the most original and most intriguing fantasy novels I've read in quite some time. It's a shame that the cover blurb tries so hard to compare it to the likes of Robin Hobb and Michael Moorcock, because the comparison really does the novel a disservice. I love them both, but they are truly unique authors with a style that's almost entirely their own. If you make the mistake of reading The Scar with those expectations, you're bound to be disappointed. However, if you go into it [...]
This was a unique and beautifully written story. It was more like a dark fairytale than a regular epic fantasy. It's the story of a vain and selfish man's painful journey through the depths of despair in order to find both redemption and love. Egert Sol is a cold, cruel, and arrogant young lieutenant in the Kavarin Guard. His good looks, bravery, and martial prowess have made him incredibly popular in his home town. They overlook his every fault. Sol's selfishness leads him to chase the beautifu [...]
The Scar is the type of book that makes you weep for the limitations of sub-genre delineations. Not epic in scope and apparently intended to stand alone despite being part of a larger cycle. The epic and fantastic elements that presumably tie together the larger cycle are there, but very much in the background. This is really a novel about three people. Where so much fantasy is so very epic, The Scar is incredibly intimate. At the same time, it does not share the heavy reliance on action and vio [...]
Wow. What an unexpectedly great read. I was hoping for some basic fantasy that might be a little bit different since this novel was originally written in Russian. The Scar is indeed basic fantasy — basic, solid fantasy with no great innovations in worldbuilding or ideas, nothing that fantasy readers aren't thoroughly familiar with — but the writing, the descriptive details, and the character arcs that drive the story, are all so deft and evocative that The Scar is like a shiny, perfect apple [...]
Excellent! All those comments telling that this is how it'd be like if Dostoyevsky had writen a Fantasy book are quite right: it really does read so. Nobody weaves bleak and soul-crushing yet hopeful plots like Russians can, and the style of the Dyachenkos does resemble Fyodor Mikhailovich's in two ways: the bleak/hopeful narrative and in how they handle redemption arcs. Those who have read Dostoyevsky will remember that when he is bent on redeeming a character, he believes in redemption through [...]
It is no misfortune if you do not know where you are going; it is far worse when there is no longer anywhere to go. He who stands on the path of experience cannot step away from it, even when it has come to its end. For the path is without end.*Possible spoilers*I loved this story. I have to be honest. I’m a total sucker for stories of redemption. There’s nothing more satisfying than to see someone, no matter how despicable, change for the better. In this instance though the main character, [...]
It's like when you see a beautiful performance, but one that is sad or haunting. Someone singing or dancing, some artistic expression, that moves you profoundly, but in such a way that when it's over, you don't know if you should applaud or not. It is not a performance that inspires a burst of jubilation, but it was so good that you know you should applaud.This book had an interesting meandering quality to the plot. Something I think that if it had been presented to an American publisher, they m [...]
This was one extraordinary book, one that I could not stop reading / listening to. While this husband and wife team have been writing and receiving awards for books since 1994, their works are, for the most part, in the Ukrainian and Russian languages. Written in 1997, The Scar is apparently the first to be translated into English and has only come to Western shores this year. While this is the middle book of a trilogy, unlike other trilogies, this installment stands quite well on its own though [...]
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Amazing, lovely, expertly written. It takes so many "rules" of fiction and stands them on their heads and ends up with a beautiful story of love and courage.
Some 15 years ago I'd got the original manuscript of THE SCAR from Marina and Sergey - it meant to be published soon, one of the novels initiated "Spellbound Worlds" series of Russian fantasy books, Terra Fantastica and AST publishing houses joint project. In 1996 I'd read Dyachenkos' debut novel already, THE GATE-KEEPER, and I liked it. Some of their shorts and novellas were really nice too. But THE SCAR turned to be something completely different. Absolutely new level of artistry. Not just goo [...]
Here's a extract from my review, full link:afantasyreader/2012/02/scar-reviewml?spref=twIt is not evident to witness and follow the setbacks and adventures, which are not particularly extravagant, of a person under this wasting condition during a whole novel. The feelings of the young and pitiful captain are at the heart of the account and the complete pallet of possible reactions and state of mind come to pass. Sergey mentioned that he added a layer of psychology and even of psychiatry to the s [...]
In full disclosure, I won an Advanced Uncorrected Proof edition of this book as part of a Giveaway.This book is the story of Egert. He begins as a confident, somewhat cruel, aggressive, womanizing youth who is a member of the guards. One day, he kills the fiance of a woman he is pursuing and as a result is challenged to a duel by a mysterious stranger. The stranger leaves Egert with a scar and a curse that leaves him a coward. The bulk of the book deals with Egerts downfall and attempt to overc [...]
This is such a unique book. It has a fable-istic, almost Grimm’s fairy tale feel to it, with its story of a proud, selfish young man humbled by an arbitrary magician’s curse of cowardice. It’s beautiful and well-plotted, with just enough weirdness to feel original. The downside is that it does grow tedious following the poor, cowardly wretch around all book long—but it’s worth it for his redemption scene in the end!
I came to this cold, more or less (it came heavily recommended by a couple of friends, and I'd enjoyed Sergey and Marina Dyachenko's fantastic "Vita Nostra", but I had no idea what to expect). This is the story of Ergert Soll, a braggart and bully who goes one step too far and accidentally kills Dinar, the fiancé of student Toria. Egert finds himself cursed by the Wanderer to be a coward--so swamped by fear he's totally unable to function. Meanwhile, Toria struggles with the loss of her fiancé [...]
This is the story of an arrogant and villainous young man who happens to get cursed for killing an innocent man and then walks all the way to love and redemption. I started The Scar without many expectations. I actually thought I would find it easy to associate with because of the Russian authors. What I got was a dark and a bit weird story that read more like a fairytale than a fantasy book. I had a hard time with the book to start with. I was horrified by the grotesquely negative MC, Egert, st [...]
Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #161.Just so you know, this is a *really* fun book! I understand why Jonathan Davis (the narrator) recommended it as one of the most interesting books he has read recently.
Great story about redemption with a gorgeous eastern-european perfume. The english-language SFF genre desperately needs this kind of infusion.
Fantastic. Unexpectedly fairytale-esque, which turned out to be a really good thing.
I haven't read a book quite like this before. The themes of pride, arrogance, justice, cowardice, love, forgiveness, and redemption are all familiar, of course. But the use of language is stunning—especially when held up against most modern fantasy writing. There is a formality to the writing that is rare—I can only compare it to some of Michael Scott Rohan's magnificent prose in his Winter of the World trilogy. But beyond formality is the rich use of metaphor—yes, metaphor, not it's lesse [...]
I wasn't quite sure at first what to make of the odd way that the words flowed in this book, almost poetic or musical in nature, but once I got accustomed to it, I became enveloped in this tale of redemption, magic, mystery, and death. At times, I had to slow down a bit to understand a few things, but I attribute those moments to translation choices. I found myself finishing this book long after I should have gone to bed, still moved by the ending. This book is unlike practically any other fanta [...]
This novel is more like a folk tale than traditional fantasy. Egert is a young man who is on top of his world. A womanizer and a talented duelist. Full of pride with no empathy for others. His prideful actions seeking one women leads to an action that troubles his conscience in no way, but a later encounter with a mysterious man changes his life forever.Just a wonderfully told story with a strong moral depth. Held me captivated throughout.
The Scar seemed a little one dimensional to me. I liked the first part of the book a little past the point that he meets the Wanderer (for the action), and I liked the ending. But, the middle was a bit directionless and agonizing.
The Scarby Marina and Sergey Dyachenko appears to be the authors’ first translation into English. The Dyanchenko’s are rather prolific in the non-English European market and particularly in those states whose members are part of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Translation isn’t an easy thing but I’m always saddened when it takes works like this (well reviewed, and a recipient of prestigious awards in its home market) more than a decade to get translated and even further depressed [...]
Fantasy Review BarnSometimes grabbing things off the shelf randomly pays off. Sometimes translations are done seamlessly. Sometimes collaboration’s don’t completely suck. Sometimes the guy behind my computer screen doesn’t have a damn clue how to open a review.Perhaps with comparisons to other well-known fantasy works of recent history? I guess I could try. Egert has the wit and brains of Locke Lamora combined with the arrogant assholeness of Jezal dan Luther Scratch that comparisons are n [...]
Several people whose opinions I respect gave this novel high marks, and I agree with them. The Scar was originally written by Ukrainian authors in the 1990s, and has a folkloric, parable-like character that makes for a somewhat different reading experience from typical American or British fantasy.Its protagonist is a young, swaggering nobleman named Egert, who’s quite skilled with a sword and at seducing the wives of other men, but has little real respect for anyone. After making a bullying pa [...]
I expected a lot more from “The Scar”. The idea of a book translate from Russian and being hailed as a ‘breath of fresh air’, but all I seemed to receive was a face full of hot air that has been spewed from the mouths of aging plots and characters countless times. The main character is painfully mundane, the classic overconfident and conceded soldier that is praised throughout the first twenty or so pages by local townsfolk as he duels with his enemies and bathes in glory and praise. The [...]
Absolutely captivating. 8/5 stars is what I'd give it. No other words can describe how much fun it was to read The Scar. It was such a rush and I just don't even know where to start. Egert Soll is the best character in the oddest of ways. He's the best because he's a man who was once great, and became a coward. He was great in all the physical aspects. Egert once held an incredible power over the soldiers in Kavarren, where he's from, he's handsome which has lots of women entertaining him, and h [...]
This is one of those books that leaves a reviewer conflicted: "4 stars! but, well, maybe not"The book has an enjoyable Russian folklore feel, especially in the beginning, and in the enumeration of the curses. The protagonist's descent into obsessive-compulsive behavior to cope with his psychological burden is great, and triggers twinges of sympathy. The relatively sparse cast and constrained settings let the authors evoke what was there more colorfully and thoroughly. I liked the way the main ch [...]
what a pity of the great thrills of reading international fiction is that when the writers are good and you are lucky, you run across a lot of juicy new ideas, new takes on old ones, a different slant of seeing that more than makes up for any effort expended on trying to understand a different culture or viewpoint.you won't get that heree main character, Egert, is about as stereotypical as a young swordsman can be. vain, thoughtless, and cruel, but lovely and skilled with a blade, yadda yadda ya [...]
This book "The Scar" is added to my "bestest" book library. I cannot get over the story. This story has depth of human tragedy and the ability to conquer one's fear to arise to the become a hero. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and love.Egert Soll, a elite guard, is the town Kavarren's golden boy. Anything he does, whether it's a cruel practical joke or something daring, the town people worshiped him. All the girls and women fawned over him until Toria came into town. She was one woman [...]