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on June 02, 2013 :
The lands in this book remind me of Europe after the fall of the Roman empire, where a patchwork of small kingdoms were beset by bands of mounted raiders from the east. It provides a way of grounding the story, a realistic setting that I can sink my teeth into.
I like the way this author uses small touches to flesh out the world and make it seem more real. Like the custom of needing donation money whenever you go into a church, and the regional variations in the details of belief.
The gods of this world walk, they speak to their worshipers, and they like to meddle in the lives of humans. Between divine intervention, and the rampaging destruction of the invaders, it's all the hero and heroine can do to steal time for an occasional kiss in the hallway. But they manage somehow.
Well worth reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 16, 2013 :
I normally read adult fiction but found this this story enjoyable and the two young protagonists learning about themselves and each other were great, each with their own lifes journey. Nice twist on the who's-the-hero story line. Recommended reading for those young folks who want to feel encouraged about becoming all they can be, girl or boy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 05, 2013 :
WHAT MY STARS MEAN:
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Seventeen-year-old Casora has been raised to be a fearless warrior, commander of the faceless war band known as the Deathless. Nevertheless, she and her company are helpless to stop the invasion of their homeland. Without a country, the Deathless offer their services as mercenaries to the next land attacked by the same raiders who conquered their nation.
As the youngest prince and the one least likely to be of use in the war, Tiaran is about to be forced into a political marriage to a girl he hates. Rather than be used to secure the loyalty of an opportunistic general, he secretly goes off to fight in the war himself. His first battle is about to be his last when Casora rides in to rescue him.
When these two unlikely partners join forces on the battlefield, they'll shake the foundations of kingdoms.
I really enjoyed this book. Casora is a Deathless because of a curse, so she's already chasing her own demons all while frantic to find out about what happened to her family.
Poor Tiaran. There's so much more to him than his older brothers give him credit for--or even Casora, at first. She just thinks he's one more burden she must bear. Awesome and unexpected twist at the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)