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Beyond the Hanging Wall por Sara Douglass
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Beyond the Hanging Wall (original 1996; edición 2003)

por Sara Douglass (Autor)

Series: Darkglass Mountain (prequel 2), Tencendor (prequel 6.6)

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Like his physician father, Garth Baxtor is gifted with The Touch. By laying his hands upon a person, Garth can sense what dwells within: pain, illness, joy, or sorrow. It is through the application of The Touch that the gifted minister helps the sick of Escator by diagnosing ills and promoting healing. By decree of the royal treasury, for a period of three weeks each year, physicians of Escator - in lieu of taxes - are required to attend to the needs of the criminals who labor endlessly in the Veins, the labyrinth of mines carved deep into the earth and from which they harvest the gloam-a priceless commodity upon which the fortunes of Escator depend. It is during one such period of mandatory service that Joseph Baxtor decides his son is old enough to accompany him to the Veins as his apprentice. Garth is delighted. It's a chance to escape the dull and dreary surroundings of his quiet village for the delights of the capital city of Ruen. Joseph has been ordered to attend King Cavor himself. Garth will actually meet the king in person! As he discovers all too soon, however, the task at hand is a grim one. Descending into the mines for the first time, Garth could hardly be less prepared for what he encounters: thousands of men laboring like animals in dreadful conditions deep below the earth's surface. Applying his hands to the wound of one prisoner known only as Lot No. 859, Garth is stunned by what he discovers. This man is no common criminal. But then, who is he? Could it be? After all these years? Prince Maximillian? The answer to the riddle will involve Garth in a harrowing journey out of the Veins and into the Land of Dreams as he tries to resolve the question of the identity of Lot No 859. In the process, Garth will solve a centuries-old mystery-a mystery that will pit one king against another and shake the Kingdom of Escator to its foundations.… (más)
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Título:Beyond the Hanging Wall
Autores:Sara Douglass (Autor)
Info:Tor Books (2003), Edition: 1, 352 pages
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Beyond the Hanging Wall por Sara Douglass (1996)

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The “hanging wall” is a miner’s reference to the ceiling of a horizontal shaft – the wall that hangs above them. The incomparable Sara Douglass heard this phrase during visits to the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo, and it formed the basis to Beyond the Hanging Wall.

This is the story of Garth Baxtor, apprenticed to his physician father, and a prisoner in the gloam mines who may or may not be the lost Prince Maximilian.

For three weeks of every year, the physicians of the kingdom of Escator are required to attend to the criminals who labour in the mines, digging up the filthy black gloam that forms the basis of the small nation’s economy. A sentence to the gloam mines is a death sentence – no prisoner lives more than a handful of years beneath the hanging wall. If they aren’t killed in a rockfall or drowned when the sea breaks through, they die a painful death choking on the gloam dust.

It’s on one of these trips to the mines that Garth lays his hands on a prisoner, and using the Touch – a gift he inherited from his father for finding the deep illnesses and aiding the healing – discovers that he may be the young Prince, missing since he was a boy.

Sara Douglass’ descriptions of life beneath the hanging wall convey the claustrophobic surroundings and the despair of the prisoner with intense clarity.

While Escator inhabits the same world as that of the Axis Trilogy, the Wayfarer Redemption or Darkglass Mountain, and is tied to that last trilogy, this is a stand-alone novel. It is not a sweeping saga of war and upheaval, of events and changes on a grand scale. It is a simple story of a lost prince and the party that search for him, of one boy’s growth into manhood and another man’s search for his identity. This is an intimate story, and by far my favourite of her books.

http://annikisbookcase.com/2013/04/beyond-the-hanging-wall/ ( )
  anniki | Jul 16, 2013 |
This is a story of magic and dreams, of a young physician's apprentice and a lost prince. I'm surprised it doesn't fall into the YA category. The only thing lacking from this story, is a bit of romance, but even without the romance it is a good tale and an interesting one. It is well paced and holds your interest. Although complete on its own it does leave you wondering if there will be more. ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass is a stand alone novel set in the same world as her Wayfarer Redemption series. Although, from reading the back cover, it is on the other side of a sea. So, while elements are similar you don't have to have read the previous books to understand this novel. In fact, this is the first book by Ms. Douglass that I have read and after finishing I promptly went out and purchased the first five books of the Wayfarer Redemption series.

The plot of this book is very well contained. Ms. Douglass is able it add many elements, without the plot going out of control and getting confusing. The main plot of this book is the story of a young prince, once thought dead and the process of those faithful to him to bring him back to the throne. There are also several subplots scattered throughout that book. Subplots such as the growth of one of the characters from a simple apprentice to a widely regarded healer, as well as political positioning, and something akin to a prophecy which, I think adds depth to the novel. On the surface, the plot is simplistic in nature and quite linear. However, this book doesn't profess to be anything that it is not. Being a stand alone novel, it is allowed to follow a rather simple path. However, once the reader is into the story a rich world appears and the pace of the story is almost perfect.

The characters are very well done as well. There are many memorable characters in this book; from Garth and Cavor to Ravenna and Vorstus they all add something to the story, yet at no time does one character `steal' scenes or dominate an entire section. There is a very nice balance between the characters. In term of the character Garth, there is a great deal of character development. All of his character development follows a logical path and makes sense as well. It's not characters development strictly for the case of development, which seems to be the case in some fantasy being released right now. There was only one character I was disappointed with, and that was Maximilian. For lack of a better word, he seemed shallow and I wasn't really that interested in his character. The rest of the characters more than made up for that though.

The one complaint I had with this book is what I just mentioned, the character of Maximilian. For as important of part that he plays in the story, I would have hoped for more from him. He just didn't fir with the other characters very well. It was almost like two different authors.

Some positives about this novel. It's a stand alone book - it seems the fantasy gene as a whole is going away from stand alones so it was nice to find this one. The world is rich with history and details, it's well conceived. The idea of the Touch is a very interesting idea, I enjoyed how that worked. Ms. Douglass' prose is simple, efficient, but well done. It moves the story along and doesn't try to be too much.

If you are a fantasy fan looking for large scale battles and wizard duels, then you should probably consider a different book. This one is on a much smaller scale, but really held my interest. I think most fans will enjoy this book, in fact I encourage most fantasy fans to take a look at this one. Ms. Douglass is an author that I had never heard of before, and after reading this book I have no idea how she slipped past my radar. I plan on reading her other works and I will be recommending this book to many people. ( )
  BeezerMN | Oct 22, 2007 |
Garth Baxtor, a apprentice physician to his father Joseph, is like his father possessed of The Touch – the ability to ease pain and discomfort in addition to promoting healing by laying hands on the patient. When Joseph’s yearly summons to tend to the prisoners working in the mines arrives, Garth is finally deemed old enough and experienced enough to accompany him. Garth soon discovers that the Veins, as the mines are called, are the most dismal and appalling place imaginable. Imagine his surprise and horror when, while treating prisoner #859, he senses the Manteceros royal tattoo beneath scar tissue on the prisoner’s arm – when everyone in Escator knows that seventeen years ago the crown prince met his death in a tragic hunting accident.

Beyond the Hanging Wall is a pleasant if simplistic and predictable read. There isn’t a lot of suspense, but it was still a decent diversion. It’s easy to understand why it’s considered young adult by some, although in my library it’s shelved with adult fantasy. ( )
1 vota ryner | Jun 5, 2007 |
The mythical Manteceros adds an unusual flavour to this 'lost prince' quest story. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Apr 7, 2007 |
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Like his physician father, Garth Baxtor is gifted with The Touch. By laying his hands upon a person, Garth can sense what dwells within: pain, illness, joy, or sorrow. It is through the application of The Touch that the gifted minister helps the sick of Escator by diagnosing ills and promoting healing. By decree of the royal treasury, for a period of three weeks each year, physicians of Escator - in lieu of taxes - are required to attend to the needs of the criminals who labor endlessly in the Veins, the labyrinth of mines carved deep into the earth and from which they harvest the gloam-a priceless commodity upon which the fortunes of Escator depend. It is during one such period of mandatory service that Joseph Baxtor decides his son is old enough to accompany him to the Veins as his apprentice. Garth is delighted. It's a chance to escape the dull and dreary surroundings of his quiet village for the delights of the capital city of Ruen. Joseph has been ordered to attend King Cavor himself. Garth will actually meet the king in person! As he discovers all too soon, however, the task at hand is a grim one. Descending into the mines for the first time, Garth could hardly be less prepared for what he encounters: thousands of men laboring like animals in dreadful conditions deep below the earth's surface. Applying his hands to the wound of one prisoner known only as Lot No. 859, Garth is stunned by what he discovers. This man is no common criminal. But then, who is he? Could it be? After all these years? Prince Maximillian? The answer to the riddle will involve Garth in a harrowing journey out of the Veins and into the Land of Dreams as he tries to resolve the question of the identity of Lot No 859. In the process, Garth will solve a centuries-old mystery-a mystery that will pit one king against another and shake the Kingdom of Escator to its foundations.

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