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A chance encounter separates Roslin, daughter of the king, from her privileged world. She takes refuge in a peasant community where she finds herself drawn to the ...
A chance encounter separates Roslin, daughter of the king, from her privileged world. She takes refuge in a peasant community where she finds herself drawn to the charismatic Brice, leader of the slaves' rebellion. Is Brice indeed the Chosen?
The old order is eventually overturned and the slaves win their liberty. But in the new, free world, the unveiling of a carefully kept secret has as much impact on the ex-slaves as the rebellion had on their ex-masters. And Brice and Roslin have to face their own challenges as they explore their love for each other. A gripping story of love, battle and outstanding moral courage.
**Author's Cut Edition**
Posted July 1, 2006
In the land of Ryshta, a pre-industrial medieval world, the rich and powerful reign superior while the rest of the people are slaves. For as long as anyone can remember, women have been treated like chattel and the slaves have been maltreated or even murdered at their master¿s whim. The slaves toil with the hope and long-held belief that one day, somehow, The Chosen will arise and lead them out of their pain and misery. ####### A battle-hardened, charismatic warrior named Brice does indeed rise up and organize to overthrow the sadistic ruler and his society. In the process, Lady Roslin, daughter of the sovereign, comes into contact with Brice, and the secrets and lies begin. To save her neck, Roslin pretends to be one of the peasants while Brice keeps silent about her identity - for it becomes clear to the reader that Brice, though tall, dark, and handsome, is actually a very powerful woman. Her parents brought her up as a male so that she would not be forced to perform as a prostitute/bed slave like the rest of the slave women. ####### Brice and Roslin¿s worlds are turned upside down by the revolution in Ryshta. Rich, pampered Roslin has never given the culture and society much thought. She soon begins questioning all she knew once she is living in the war camp with Brice and the slaves who are passionately fighting for freedom and willing to die to overcome the cruel limitations imposed by the ruling elite. ####### It¿s clear that the old, corrupt society must fall, but what will take its place? Can Roslin survive - especially if she is found out as a related to the vicious ruler? What will Brice¿s role be in a new society? Can two people from different ends of the spectrum find common ground, much less a common life together? And above all, is Brice actually The Chosen? ####### For those who prefer fantasy with elves, wizards, talking dragons, and magic, this book isn¿t for you. But if you like adventure, well-plotted conflict, and a solid romance between two attractive characters set in an enchantingly medieval time, this book¿s for you. ####### Though this novel is not overly long, there is a lot of action packed into it. The battles are intense, the conflicts well-written, and the relationship between Brice and Roslin intriguing. I read the first edition of this book several years ago, and the author has smoothed out the previous rough spots. This newly edited version is a joy to read. You can¿t help but root for Brice and Roslin as they struggle to make a place for themselves by transforming a brutal world into a better place and at the same time, gradually unveil their inner souls to one another. ~Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book ReviewWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2006
Lady Roslin, daughter of the reigning ruler, has always lived a life of privilege. Never giving a thought for how her comfort is provided, she has her world turned completely upside down when she meets the dynamic and mysterious Brice, the leader of the rising slave rebellion. On the run after her city is attacked Roslin is found by the very slaves she once took for granted. Fearful of what could happen should she be discovered, Roslin embarks on a masquerade and pretends to be one of them. Brice, however, seems to be focused on only one goal¿the overthrow of the present ruler. Why such a single-minded mission? Does Brice and the ruler have a history together? If so, what? Is it the fact that the slaves are treated so badly that death is often better than living? Or could Brice simply be out to gain the throne and rule all the lands? Slowly Brice and Roslyn discover things about each other, one of which is a strong attraction. So what is holding them back? Fear of rejection? Or is it the secrets? Secrets, which Roslyn and Brice both hold - unknown truths that could get one exiled and the other killed. Why? What does either secret have to do with Brice being ¿The Chosen¿? And what happens to a budding romance when Brice¿s secret is finally revealed? Will Roslyn still want to be with Brice when she discovers Brice is NOT the man she thought Brice to be? Suddenly Roslyn goes on the run, taking with her the one person Brice holds most dear. Or did she? Perhaps they simply chose to join Roslyn in her escape? What was it that made Roslyn run in the first place? Brice does not know the why, only that a question has now arisen ¿ will Brice be able to reach them in time to save one or both? Verda Foster brings to the reading world another great book. Her previous pennings, The Gift, and These Dreams prove a skill with solo works while Graceful Waters and Crystal¿s Heart displays an equally adept talent at co-writing. Both books were co-written with another terrific writer, BL Miller. BL Miller, herself, also co-wrote the dynamic Josie and Rebecca: The Western Chronicles with Verda¿s sister Vada Foster. A fact very much in evidence is that ALL display a definitive talent for intriguing, dramatic and suspenseful storytelling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2009
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