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Odalisque: Book One of The Percheron Saga

Odalisque: Book One of The Percheron Saga

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by Fiona McIntosh

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Captured by slave traders in the inhospitable desert, Lazar fought his way to freedom, earning the coveted position of Spur of Percheron. Charged with protecting his adopted city from enemies on both sides of its walls, he has led a charmed life as confidant to and protector of Zar Joreb for many years. But now Joreb is dead. . . .

Though Joreb's

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Odalisque (Percheron Saga Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book on Tuesday and finished it that same week on Friday despite the three exams I had that week. I could not put it down! I felt as if I were watching a movie because the descriptions were so precise! The story completely enveloped me and I found myself hating and being angry with the villains, and rooting and feeling sorrow for the good guys. It's a great book that will twist and turn your emotions in a way you never thought a book could ever pull off successfully. This is a definite must read! Ms. McIntosh does it again!
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Joreb, the Zar of Percheron, dies his fifteen years old son Boaz succeeds him as the ruler. However, he is not fully ready to take over form his late father. Instead he becomes the center of a power struggle between his mother Herezah now the Valide the Vizier Tariq and the Grand Master of the Eunuchs Salmeo. Few care about Boaz except to manipulate him to gain personal power.------------------------ Former foreign slave turned security chief Lazar the Spur worries about his new boss. He distrusts those who insist they want to strengthen the Zar¿s powerbase especially Boaz¿s ambitious cruel mother, who Lazar is not sure whether she either desires him or sees him as an expendable pawn to increase her power through embellishing that of her offspring. He knows he wants her, but refuses to act on his feelings as Boaz must come first. Also concerned over the new Zar¿s safety is Ana the Odalisque purchased at the slave market by Lazar as Boaz¿s first harem entrant. No one supporting the lad or those using him realize he also has goals and ambitions, but soon all will confront one another in the beginning of a power struggle to rule Percheron. However, none yet realize the ancient cyclical enmity between the gods Lyana and Maliz has been renewed with the latter taking human form and the former sending the Messenger.--------------------- The first book in the Percheron saga is a fascinating political fantasy in which a complex convoluted power struggle embellished by outside Gods make for a fine vivid (including some horrific scenes) read. Interestingly the ambitious protagonists like Boaz¿s mom are the more fascinating characters though those like Ana and Lazar are full dimensional. The two battling Gods add intrigue to the mix, but that also changes the tale from a medieval political power struggle into a fantasy that allows a climax to this tale and also sets up further escapades.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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Ammar Al-Riyamy More than 1 year ago
Difinitely a great read for any who love the fantacy genre. I loved the dash of romance which really brought out the realistic nature of the characters.
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LanaGirl More than 1 year ago
I am so amazed by this talented writer, I don't know what to say first. I purchased this book on a whim; needing something interesting that I hadn't seen before. The cover looked neat, so I turned the pages and started reading. Four chapters later I ran up and put my dollars down and hurried home to read more. It grabs you fast and doesn't let go. The character development has to be some of the best I HAVE EVER READ. All the main characters good and bad get their own backdrop that's pure joy to read. You really fall head over heals in love with the story; it's fast, fun to read, exotic, romantic, intense, gory, and full of life and lore. It's an intense ride that doesn't let go, nor do you want it to. Pick this up, it will be your best book of the year!
Stories-fuel-imagination More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book as a diversion from the standard fare of fantasy knowing that it was part of a three volume set. This first time reader of Fiona Mcintosh was pleased with the originality of the story line and the development of the characters. Some graphic descriptions of instances within the story were totally believable within the context of the events. This was good enough for me to get the next book and look forward to the adventure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty good until it came close to the end, i mean how predictable can a book get!