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Kindle To Ride Hell's Chasm To Ride Hell's Chasm is a passionate and thoughtful high fantasy about a despised soldier and his assignment to track down a runaway princess on the eve of her nuptials. the novel is roughly split into two parts: the first describes Mykkael's attempts to gather information within the virulently xenophobic city he has made his home while dealing with the constantly shifting relationship with his stiff-necked commanding officer; the second portrays the detailed flight of Mykkael and the surprisingly brave princess in question as they run the ferocious, terrifying natural gauntlet known as Hell's Chasm. the narrative takes place all during the course of one very intense week.SOME SPOILERS AHEADWurts writes adult fantasy. this is not to mean that the book is filled with sex and gore but rather that it is concerned with tackling serious topics in a serious way - one that does not pander to the reader. this is not a gee whiz adventure full of flights of fancy or bright & shiny bits of colorful fun. it is a serious novel and Wurts' intelligence as a writer is consistently displayed. overall i really appreciated the formality of the prose, the seriousness of the themes, the depth of Mykkael's characterization, and especially the empathy towards animals. her underlying anger is clear in the depiction of all the extremely unreasonable barriers put up by racist idiots that her hero is forced to surmount. watching Mykkael deal accordingly with such loathsome attitudes is one of the joys of the first half. the second half is genuinely thrilling. Wurts has a firm grasp on how threatening the uncharted wilderness can be, and the passage through Hell's Chasm is very well done. i felt like i was there - and it was a horrible experience! at times the latter parts of the novel were hard to put down because everything was conveyed so viscerally and in such grueling detail - the reader gets to feel each and every pang of fear, bout of anxiety, each bruise and cut and stab of pain, every stumble and every panicky rush forward. it was gratifying to realize that i was in the hands of a masterful writer during the trek through this nightmare terrain. and as far as the ending goes: satisfying and well-earned.taking everything above into consideration, this would easily be a 4-star novel. unfortunately, To Ride Hell's Chasm has some substantial flaws. there are some breakdowns in logic (soldiers who sass back at their commanding officer like they are teenage girls in a reality tv show; a princess who constantly accuses her insanely brave rescuer of cowardice). there are some strange missed opportunities (a swordfight between two major characters in the middle of swirling & magic-laced mists, the flight of a king and his retinue through sewers while strapped to wine casks, a bloody fight between society matrons & soldiers & demonic shapeshifters... all described secondhand). but the most distancing problem is that this novel is often genuinely overwritten. it's perplexing - Wurts is a writer with real skills and when she reins herself in, she is capable of creating many stunning and beautiful moments with prose that sings off of the page. but the sheer repetitiousness of various phrases is a real turn-off ("hag-ridden" pops into mind - and my God if i never see the word "haze" again i will be delighted). even worse is the feeling that Wurts does not trust her readers to remember key details about her characters - almost as if they are children who have to be reminded again and again about various character traits and Important Issues. i had the same feeling when reading Cherryh's unfinishable Foreigner. what this translates to is (1) when a character is described as sharp and knife-like, we will see this description repeated over and over again, ad nauseum - sweet Jesus i got it the first time! my memory is fine! - and (2) the aggravating tendency to sum up the feelings or rationale for why a character said or did this or that. it may be too late to provide constructive critique because Wurts is a justifiably popular and prolific author, but i really wish in the future that she would put more faith in her adult reader's ability to remember things and to understand the logic behind certain words and deeds without being told, over-explicitly, what that logic may be.okay enough with the critique, there's more positive things that i want to say about this worthy novel.the magic system was exceedingly well-done. i loved how the reader is forced to figure things out slowly and i loved just how smart the depiction of curses, cold & hot magic, lines of magic, shapeshifting, demonic intelligences, shamanism, etc turned out to be. kudos! Mykkael's fighting style ("barqui'ino") was intriguing and his troubled engagement with his own fighting style was layered and compelling. kudos! Mykkael himself is thoroughly memorable. the tragedy of his life is related in bits and pieces, all accumulating to create a flawed yet entirely heroic individual who will stay in my memory. and an uplifting character in that he defines all that humans should strive towards without ever coming across as corny or hand-wringing. kudos! the cover art and the interior illustrations are quite nice (and i think all done by the author). kudos! the novel's mythical beasts ("kerries") were phenomenal - fascinating, threatening, truly real monsters that felt alive. kudos! the horses' personalities were wonderfully differentiated; the death of Fouzette was wrenching and the return of Stormfront was amazing. kudos! the brilliant yet nauseating way that Mykkael decides to get the princess free of Hell's Chasm was like nothing i've read before. kudos! and i loved the ending. sometimes a sentimental and emotional ending is just what the doctor ordered - especially after so many trials and tribulations. kudos!. To Ride Hell's Chasm is a Ebook When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king s beloved daughter Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life term as the Crown s right hand man command the kingdom s deep seated respect and MykkaelWhen Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king s beloved daughter Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life term as the Crown s right hand man command the kingdom s deep seated respect and Mykkael, the rough hewn newcomer who has won the post of Captain of the Garrison a scarred veteran with a deadly record of field warfare, whose interesting background and foreign breeding are held in contempt by court society As the princess s trail vanishes outside the citadel s gates, anxiety and tension escalate Mykkael s investigations lead him to a radical explanation for the mystery, but he finds himself under suspicion from the court factions Will Commander Taskin s famous fair mindedness be enough to unravel the truth behind the garrison captain s dramatic theory that the resourceful, high spirited princess was not taken by force, but fled the palace to escape a demonic evil. Janny Wurts is the author of War of Light and Shadow series, and To Ride Hell s Chasm Her eighteen published titles include a trilogy in audio, a short story collection, as well as the internationally best selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E Feist, with works translated into fifteen languages worldwide Her latest title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Destiny s Conflict, culminates than thirty years of carefully evolved ideas The cover images on the books, both in the US and abroad, are her own paintings, depicting her vision of characters and setting.Through her combined talents as a writer illustrator, Janny has immersed herself in a lifelong ambition to create a seamless interface between words and pictures that will lead reader and viewer into the imagination Her lavish use of language invites the mind into a crafted realm of experience, with characters and events woven into a complex tapestry, and drawn with an intensity to inspire active fuel for thought Her research includes a range of direct experience, lending her fantasy a gritty realism, and her scenes involving magic crafted with intricate continuity A self taught painter, she draws directly from the imagination, creating scenes in a representational style that blurs the edges between dream and reality She makes few preliminary sketches, but envisions her characters and the scenes that contain them, then executes the final directly from the initial pencil drawing.The seed idea for the Wars of Light and Shadow series occurred, when, in the course of researching tactic and weapons, she viewed a documentary film on the Battle of Culloden Moor This was the first time she had encountered that historical context of that brutal event, with the embroidery of romance stripped from it The experience gave rise to an awakening, which became anger, that so often, our education, literature and entertainment slant history in a manner that equates winners and losers with moral right and wrong, and the prevalent attitude, that killing wars can be seen as justifiable solutions when only one side of the picture is presented.Her series takes the stance that there are two sides to every question, and follows two characters who are half brothers One a bard trained as a master of magecraft, and the other a born ruler with a charismatic passion for justice, have become cursed to lifelong enmity As one sibling raises a devoted mass following, the other tries desperately to stave off defeat through solitary discipline and cleverness The conflict sweeps across an imaginary world, dividing land and people through an intricate play of politics and the inborn prejudices of polarized factions already set at odds Readers are led on a journey that embraces both viewpoints The story explores the ironies of morality which often confound our own human condition that what appears right and just, by one side, becomes reprehensible when seen from the opposite angle What is apparently good for the many, too often causes devastating suffering to the nonconformist minority Through the interactions between the characters themselves, the reader is left to their own discretion to interpret the moral impact of events.Says Janny of her work, I chose to frame this story against a backdrop of fantasy because I could handle even the most sensitive issues with the gloves off explore the myriad angles of our troubled times with the least risk of offending anyone s personal sensibilities The result, I can hope, is an expanding journey of the spirit that explores the grand depths, and rises to the challenge of mapping the ethereal potential of an evolving planetary consciousness explore free thought and compassionate understanding Beyond writing, Janny s award winning paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them a commemorative exhibition for NASA s 25th Anniversary the Art of the Cosmos at Hayden Planet. Bestseller Ebook To Ride Hell's Chasm In the land of the 10 volume monster-epics of fantasy, the stand-alone is a much rarer beast, so many preferring to take a concept and bludgeon it to death. Not that I'm complaining, it's just nice to have a book that you know will run its due course in one, single volume.To Ride Hell's Chasm takes what seems to be a simple concept, but combines it with the Wurts-effect to become a much deeper and resonating piece than I ever imagined it could be.The princess, Anja, of the remote kingdom of Sessalie has disappeared and on the same night as her betrothal banquet. Being such a small kingdom, Sessalie rarely if ever succumbs to the problems of the outside world, and such a disappearance is a more than momentous occasion. The king, in his wisdom or possibly oncoming dementia, tasks his household guard commander, Taskin, with the responsibility of finding her, but additionally puts the new lower gate captain and foreigner, Mykkael, to oath to find her as well. Mykkael, having one the rights to his position in the annual tournament takes on the duty, much to the chagrin of the ruling class who have become comfortable in their ways and supremely prejudiced against outsiders.What follows is a story about prejudice and trust, overcoming incalculable odds, and what it really means to be loyal. Add sorcery and Mykkael's style of fighting, barqui'ino, that's like Jui-Jitsu's version of the Gun Kata (Equilibrium)......and you're in for a real treat. The passion with which Wurts writes is unprecedented in my reading experience. Sessalie is a small place, as has been mentioned, and Wurts plays on the inherent biases that such a place will produce. Anything out of the ordinary or different would naturally cause such a sequestered people to feel threatened. At the same time, it is completely unwarranted, you know, the usual when it comes to prejudice. Mykkael is of a much darker skin tone than those in Sessalie and therefore, an immediate prejudice is built up, but what has he done to deserve such treatment? Nothing. Without even needing a "bad guy," the odds are already stacked up against Mykkael. Every ounce of pain, nobility, love, you name it, is felt as you get to know the characters and see their actions. I have to admit to wondering at the level of detail at points, especially when the characters' interactions were explained to include every minute component of their relationships. But in the end, you find that it was well worth it because you glory in their triumphs as much as suffering their pains.What I guess is that I'm implying that this book is no walk in the park. It's very dense and probably took me twice as long to read as most other books of its size. But again, it's well worth it, just make sure you're in the right mood.For a fantasy treat that will stick with you long after you read it and that inhabits the remote and distant country of StandAlone, To Ride Hell's Chasm is one of the best reads I've had all year.4.5 out of 5 StarsPs. I always wondered why this book was called "To Ride" Hell's Chasm. I thought, why not just "Hell's Chasm?" Believe me, it deserves the title it already has, it is more fitting than I would ever have guessed in more ways than I would have guessed.Pps. I don't care what anyone says about Equilibrium, it's the best movie ever created. :D

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  1. Janny Wurts is the author of War of Light and Shadow series, and To Ride Hell s Chasm Her eighteen published titles include a trilogy in audio, a short story collection, as well as the internationally best selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E Feist, with works translated into fifteen languages worldwide Her latest title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Destiny s Conflict, culminates than thirty years of carefully evolved ideas The cover images on the books, both in the US and abroad, are her own paintings, depicting her vision of characters and setting.Through her combined talents as a writer illustrator, Janny has immersed herself in a lifelong ambition to create a seamless interface between words and pictures that will lead reader and viewer into the imagination Her lavish use of language invites the mind into a crafted realm of experience, with characters and events woven into a complex tapestry, and drawn with an intensity to inspire active fuel for thought Her research includes a range of direct experience, lending her fantasy a gritty realism, and her scenes involving magic crafted with intricate continuity A self taught painter, she draws directly from the imagination, creating scenes in a representational style that blurs the edges between dream and reality She makes few preliminary sketches, but envisions her characters and the scenes that contain them, then executes the final directly from the initial pencil drawing.The seed idea for the Wars of Light and Shadow series occurred, when, in the course of researching tactic and weapons, she viewed a documentary film on the Battle of Culloden Moor This was the first time she had encountered that historical context of that brutal event, with the embroidery of romance stripped from it The experience gave rise to an awakening, which became anger, that so often, our education, literature and entertainment slant history in a manner that equates winners and losers with moral right and wrong, and the prevalent attitude, that killing wars can be seen as justifiable solutions when only one side of the picture is presented.Her series takes the stance that there are two sides to every question, and follows two characters who are half brothers One a bard trained as a master of magecraft, and the other a born ruler with a charismatic passion for justice, have become cursed to lifelong enmity As one sibling raises a devoted mass following, the other tries desperately to stave off defeat through solitary discipline and cleverness The conflict sweeps across an imaginary world, dividing land and people through an intricate play of politics and the inborn prejudices of polarized factions already set at odds Readers are led on a journey that embraces both viewpoints The story explores the ironies of morality which often confound our own human condition that what appears right and just, by one side, becomes reprehensible when seen from the opposite angle What is apparently good for the many, too often causes devastating suffering to the nonconformist minority Through the interactions between the characters themselves, the reader is left to their own discretion to interpret the moral impact of events.Says Janny of her work, I chose to frame this story against a backdrop of fantasy because I could handle even the most sensitive issues with the gloves off explore the myriad angles of our troubled times with the least risk of offending anyone s personal sensibilities The result, I can hope, is an expanding journey of the spirit that explores the grand depths, and rises to the challenge of mapping the ethereal potential of an evolving planetary consciousness explore free thought and compassionate understanding Beyond writing, Janny s award winning paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them a commemorative exhibition for NASA s 25th Anniversary the Art of the Cosmos at Hayden Planet

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  1. In the land of the 10 volume monster epics of fantasy, the stand alone is a much rarer beast, so many preferring to take a concept and bludgeon it to death Not that I m complaining, it s just nice to have a book that you know will run its due course in one, single volume.To Ride Hell s Chasm takes what seems to be a simple concept, but combines it with the Wurts effect to become a much deeper and resonating piece than I ever imagined it could be.The princess, Anja, of the remote kingdom of Sessa [...]


  2. To Ride Hell s Chasm is a passionate and thoughtful high fantasy about a despised soldier and his assignment to track down a runaway princess on the eve of her nuptials the novel is roughly split into two parts the first describes Mykkael s attempts to gather information within the virulently xenophobic city he has made his home while dealing with the constantly shifting relationship with his stiff necked commanding officer the second portrays the detailed flight of Mykkael and the surprisingly [...]


  3. Death has no repeal It is a brute ending that leaves us the legacy of an inscrutable silence Therefore, I understand the voice of mercy very well.Easily my favorite read this year.This was originally recommended to me by someone who knew of my love of horses The person who recommended it was not a horse person, but this book stood out in his mind as being one where the author did a great job of portraying the horses as characters.I have to agree with his assessment that this book does a lovely j [...]


  4. Wow Janny told me the story got really exciting during the last half Wrong It was really exciting all the way through If there is any fault at all in the book, it is that the excitement NEVER slacks off it s really hard to put down That s not really fair when it is so long yet seems not long enough I d love to read about this world its characters.The plot is beautifully crafted, lovingly revealed the resolution left me gasping a bit teary eyed The characters are amazingly human, yet heroic, eac [...]


  5. 2016 reread This is an enticing, entertaining, thought provoking and unpredictable adult fantasy story, brought alive with poetic prose and driven by unforgettable characters This hidden gem, which I discovered thanks to the wonderful Community, is also my entry point into the work of Janny Wurts who has fast become my favourite epic fantasist.Her novels helped me define what kind of story truly resonates with me I used to equate epic fantasy with Lord of the Rings, which I loved, but I didn t w [...]


  6. At the start of To Ride Hell s Chasm, an outstanding standalone fantasy by Janny Wurts, Princess Anja of the tiny isolated kingdom of Sessalie has gone missing on the eve of the ceremony for her betrothal to the Crown Prince of Devall Since Anja is beloved by her people, and the alliance with Devall represents potentially big trade increases, it doesn t take long for many people to be involved in the search, from Mykkael, a foreign born former mercenary now in charge of the city s garrison, to T [...]


  7. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.To Ride Hell s Chasm was my first Wurts novel I actually have a copy of the first book of The Wars of Light and Shadow saga which I started and liked so far , but I got a bit intimidated by the time commitment and the fact that WoLaS is unfinished , so I decided to try this stand alone first to get a feel for Janny Wurts style before I leapt into a mega epic Along that line, I was also interested to see how she would affect an actual ending, since WoLaS do [...]



  8. I read the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist ages ago, and loved it They did a wonderful job collaborating But for unknown reasons, I didn t dig into a lot of Janny s solo efforts after that I knew they were out there, and heard plenty of good things, but as happens with so many great books writers on my TBR pile, they got buried in an avalanche and disappeared from sight But I just finished To Ride Hell s Chasm and it was fantastic For me, good fantasy has compelling characters mo [...]


  9. This book came as a surprise As always, praise be sung to the community for their recommendations This is the first book I ve read by Janny Wurts and I ll surely look for of her works in less than one year, I ve savored The Wars of Light and Shadow, a stunning epic fantasy series, her other standalones, the The Complete Empire Trilogy co written with Raymond E Feist and I m currently reading The Cycle of Fire.To Ride Hell s Chasm is uniquely written, and at first I struggled with the complex ph [...]


  10. Though it starts off somewhat slowly, TRHC builds up to a peak and never lets go This is certainly not a light read, but one that takes time and diligence to properly absorb Richly told in a beautiful language, the imagery is fantastic The characters will have readers aching for their plight.The world is very well detailed, and I really like the connection from demon to sorcerer to minion The shapeshifters are pretty ominous too Don t want to give away too much and spoil, but will say that this [...]


  11. I found this to be very much a book of two halves.The first part drove me insane not because it was bad, but because the characterisation was so well done that everyone s behaviour frustrated me terribly People acted according to the character and background the author had created for them, even when I wished they wouldn t.Then we got to halfway and the story changed from politics to action That should have been good, but I felt the realism suffered Mykkael went from strong protagonist to Energi [...]


  12. I m giving this one four stars instead of five only because I just completed Janny s Mistwraith series and was so enthralled by that story that this one wasn t quite as intense for me Still, it is beautifully written with a truly unique hero whose character unfolds slowly as the story progresses The horses in the book are characters unto themselves Another story that made me cry and also made my heart pound as well as be glad in the end A very satisfactory ending, a tightly wound plot, a well co [...]


  13. Final rating 4 5 starsThis is my first experience of reading Janny Wurts s book To be honest, I believe it was too soon for me to read this book as the first one, because it was too challenging to read But my friend convinced me to read it and surprisingly, it took me 12 days to finish it Which, in my book, is not good enough I had many problems reading this book because of it s writing style I have never had any problems reading books on english and I have read around 500 by now But this one wa [...]


  14. Before I start the review, I should point out that I won a free signed copy of this book in a raffle by a book group.I also wish I could give it 3.8 stars because it s not quite a 4 but than a 3 or a 3.5.To Ride Hell s Chasm is a good book The last section of the book is really, truly one none stop ride I almost missed my stop on the train because I was so engrossed Luckily, my stop is the last stop The concept is an interesting one, and if you are worried that the Princess in question is a hel [...]


  15. I actually read this in May, as my reward for finally finishing something, and the reason why I had to wait to read this, and to reread Kate Elliott s Traitor s Gate is because the voice is so strong, the worldbuilding so complex, and characters so well developed, too much of my mind lingers there when it needs to stay here here being current project.Briefly, in this world, the kingdom of Sessalie has enjoyed while other accessible parts of the world have been ripped apart by mage wars Then Pri [...]


  16. Holy shit snacks, that was awesome I m still vibrating with tension from this book, and I finished it hours ago It s fairly straightforward Sword and Sorcery, but it does it about as well as can possibly be imagined.The book wastes no time whatsoever Within the first few pages, we find out that the Princess has vanished on the eve of her betrothal, and we re off The gradual reveal of the intrigues involved, the way that everyone is viewing the protagonist Mykkael, the rapidly building tension, i [...]


  17. An absolutely excellent standalone fantasy novel Almost non stop action with great character development as well Mykkael, one of the greatest literary warriors ever, and Anja, the princess he will do anything to protect, are two of the best and most realized characters I have ever encountered in a book.


  18. This is my favorite stand alone fantasy novel I don t think I can add any than what I said about it than my original review, other than mention that the elements usually associated with a Thriller suspense novel are much stronger than I gave credit for Also the magic in this book is a scariest of anything I ve read.This is the perfect fantasy novel My original review that I did for FantasyLiterature back in OCT 2008 Due to its remoteness, the kingdom of Sessalie has enjoyed generations of peace [...]


  19. Okay I finished this and I ll also be discussing it in the Chronicles Group It was a pretty good storyI m going 3 stars as a rating I was very disenchanted with it early on as I really found it a little florid wordy for my taste, as I ve experienced with other books some of course will disagree But I think a little editing might have been a good thing When we were almost 200 pages in and I stopped to realize we were still in the palace discussing the plot set up and what the action and plot pro [...]


  20. This book hangs around a 3.5 to 4 stars for me it was strong in a lot of places but suffered from some issues that lowered my scoring and a bit of my enjoyment, but it was overall a book that I ll recommend One of the greatest strengths of this book and Janny Wurts as an author, from this one experience, is her writing style once you get used to it The prose is lush and vivid and very beautiful, but it also requires you to be paying attention to the words on the page because her sentence structu [...]


  21. Interesting writing at times but the lack of interesting story,characters made me not enjoy this book I read around half of it and it coulndt hold my interest One of those books i had to give up on.I might read of this author but not a book like this one.


  22. Janny Wurts is an author that I ve been keeping a watchful eye on for a number of years I m so glad that I finally got the chance to read something by her This book was pretty much splendid Looking back, this book almost feels like it was two different books entirely In the first part, we have a mystery the disappearance of Anja, princess of Sessalie, on the very night that her beloved fiance has arrived for their upcoming wedding This part combines mystery and politics as the two leaders of the [...]


  23. When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king s beloved daughter Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life term as the Crown s right hand man command the kingdom s deep seated respect and Mykkael, the rough hewn newcomer who has won the post of Captain of the Garrison a scarred veteran with a deadly record of field warfar [...]


  24. I had so many mixed feelings on this book I loved the writing, liked how the characters fit into the world and enjoyed not getting beat over the head with magic systems The travel and adventure travel aspect was awesome, too, and made for a powerful second half that contrasted interestingly with the first half, which was a detective noir story set in a medieval city state There was something that confused me a lot, and it took me a long time to put my finger on it the characters didn t have real [...]


  25. My first read of this author and which I chose because I wanted a stand alone novel rather than a series.The story begins on the eve of a royal wedding when the bride the king s daughter goes missing which sparks an all out search to find her Soon it becomes evident that the machinations of a demon bound sorcerer are involved and Mykkael, captain of the garrison, becomes suspect because of his desert bred origins The mystery deepens and intrigue develops as they fail to find the princess and no [...]


  26. Without a doubt, Wurts best writing yet Her world building is superb, if simplistic her main characters fully developed and sympathetic her plot logical, if fantastic Yeah, the bad guy s were obvious by page 100, but she kept enough uncertainty to provide them partial cover She missed a couple opportunities to increase the drama a major character lies unconscious close to death in one scene the next time we see him he s playing chess See did recognize the improbability of some of the Hell s Chas [...]


  27. I found this book rather difficult to read, with overblown, flowery language, and far too many adjectives and adverbs, many of which were inappropriate How is a chess game rapacious Much of the prose is try hard like Ms Wurts is writing a piece for a Creative Writing 101 course Also annoying is the use of pseudo mediaeval language interspersed with the occasional Amercanism modernism like tight security About halfway through the book, I thought if I read the desert bred one time, I d yell Presu [...]


  28. This book was so great It takes a common theme of duty and digs really deep into what does that actually mean, and how far does it go The main character, Captain Mykkael, really has the patience of Job the people around him can t even be bothered to say his name right half the time Yet, he s stuck with investigating the disappearance of the princess So what seemed like was going to be an interesting tale of fantasy Sherlocking turns very quickly into this explosive adventure with mythical beasts [...]


  29. I must shamefully admit that I don t read many female authored fantasy novels After this book I have realized what I have been missing The characters in this book are amazing and the descriptions of places and events are wonderful I strongly recommend this book.


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