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Baker, Kage. The Anvil of the World.

BAKER, Kage. The anvil of the world. Tor. 350p. c2003. 0-765-34907-8. $6.99. SA

Smith, an ex-assassin, has hired on to lead a trade caravan from Troon to the seaside resort of Salesh. In their cargo is a gross of exquisite glass butterflies encased in their own egg-shaped wrappings. Included with their human "cargo" is half-demon, half-human Lord Ermenwyr, son of the demon Silverpoint (also known as Master of the Mountain) and the goddess of the Children of the Sun. They make it to Troon after a trip beleaguered with hired assassins, demon cat-men attacking, and odious acorn beer. Smith, along with the camp cook Mrs. Smith (no relation) and their young female runner, set up business as hotelkeepers in Troon, but his hardships are not at an end. Turns out he is the "Smith" to tame the Anvil of the World, and he becomes embroiled with Lord Ermenwyr and his entire clan.

Although things move along swiftly and zany characters and situations abound, this book is ultimately not very memorable. The zaniness becomes more important and interesting than the struggle to save humanity: it robs the story of any significance. Maybe Smith's higher calling will enthrall younger readers; I got caught up more with the clogged pipes at the hotel and their solution to that problem. Sherry Hoy, Media Spec., Tuscarora JHS, Mifflintown, PA

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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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