The Broken Crown (Sun Sword Series #1)

The Broken Crown (Sun Sword Series #1)

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by Michelle West
     
 

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The Dominion, once divided by savage clan wars, has kept an uneasy peace within its border since that long-ago time when the clan Leonne was gifted with the magic of the Sun Sword and was raised up to reign over the five noble clans. But now treachery strikes at the very heart of the Dominion as two never meant to rule--one a highly skilled General, the other a master… See more details below

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The Dominion, once divided by savage clan wars, has kept an uneasy peace within its border since that long-ago time when the clan Leonne was gifted with the magic of the Sun Sword and was raised up to reign over the five noble clans. But now treachery strikes at the very heart of the Dominion as two never meant to rule--one a highly skilled General, the other a master of the magical arts--seek to seize the crown by slaughtering all of clan Leonne blood.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first volume of West's second duo (her first being The Sacred Hunt) offers all the challenges but few of the rewards of a standard good-versus-evil epic. More buildup than action, more scene setting and character description than aptly placed exposition, West's narrative puts the burden on the reader to distinguish between important and irrelevant details while trying not to trip over awkward prose ("she wished to see the lines of his face as he somehow skirted the edge of the who that she was"). West does a good job of creating sympathetic characters, but unfortunately nothing much happens to them. Momentum builds in fits and starts right up to the end, making the book merely a long-winded introduction to the next volume, The Shining Court, due soon. (July)
VOYA - Rayna Patton
In the complicated world of The Broken Crown, humans are divided into two rival kingdoms: the Annagar Dominion and the Empire. The Dominion is a feudal state made up of rival clans, with a titular head called the Tyr'agar. Slavery is practiced and women of the clans are chattels, to be married off or given in concubinage. Both slaves and women can be, and frequently are, killed at a whim. The Empire is no less militaristic, but does not practice slavery, and women and men are considered equally qualified to compete for honors as warriors. The rulers of the Empire are the God-born, carrying the blood of both gods and humans. Both the Empire and the Dominion are uneasily aware of the Kin, demon lords who inhabit the Hells. Led by the Lord of the Night, the Kin have their own agenda to increase their power in the kingdoms. Dominion-born Diora, beautiful and much-loved daughter of a powerful Annagarian aristocrat, cannot escape her destiny. Married young to the unpromising heir of the Tyr'agar, she is a helpless witness when he, his concubines, and his family are slaughtered in a coup led by an ambitious General allied with her father. Diora, deeply attached to the women in her husband's harem, can only mask her rage and grief as she resumes her place in her father's house. Meanwhile, one hitherto insignificant young member of her husband's clan has survived the massacre. Valedan, son of a concubine, has long been a hostage at the court of the Empire. While he lives he is legal heir to the dead Tyr'agar and focus of a dissident movement that forges an alliance with the Empire. As the book ends, war between the Empire and the Dominion is imminent, with the Kin temporarily supporting the Dominion. Modern fantasy is increasingly written to a formula. Set in a recognizably "medieval" world, with magic critical in directing the action, it tends to be wordy and self-indulgent. The story unfolds in a leisurely and intricate way. The reader must enjoy the trip: The ending, though never in doubt, might be thousands of pages away. West's strength is in creating a cast of complex characters who, good or bad, engage the reader's interest and sympathy. The two kingdoms are brought to life with colorful detail. This will be an appealing book for those who love to immerse themselves in the intrigues of a safely distant world. Plan on buying the next volume if you decide on this one; The Shining Court is currently in preparation. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886777401
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Sun Sword Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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