The Chosen

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Set in Ryshta, a mythical, medieval world where a sadistic Sovereign rules the land, a world of extremes where you are either slave or master. When Lord Athol sends his only daughter to meet the man he has chosen as her husband, she is caught in the middle of a slave rebellion, and falls in love with a rebel slave, who is keeping a deep secret.
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Overview

Set in Ryshta, a mythical, medieval world where a sadistic Sovereign rules the land, a world of extremes where you are either slave or master. When Lord Athol sends his only daughter to meet the man he has chosen as her husband, she is caught in the middle of a slave rebellion, and falls in love with a rebel slave, who is keeping a deep secret.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781930928022
  • Publisher: Renaissance Alliance Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Amon looked at the elaborate feast spread out on the blanket. He had asked for a simple picnic basket of bread, fruit and cheese to be packed, and was surprised to find the sumptuous delicacies now spread before him. He supposed his parents just wanted to make sure that Lady Roslin was properly impressed. He looked at the pretty young woman sitting across from him and thought how lucky he was. Her hair was the color of wheat, and it cascaded down around her hips. Her eyes were of the palest green he had ever seen, with tiny flecks of gold, making them appear to change from green to gold, like cat's eyes.

"Some wine?" he asked, holding the bottle up for her to see.

"Please," Roslin said, as she held her glass out. Remembering her father's instructions, she smiled at the raven-haired young man who was trying so hard to impress her. "Smile and be pleasant Roslin," he had said, "and remember it is your duty to please him." Her father had selected Amon as her future husband, and she had been sent to stay with her maternal grandfather, Governor Gage of Frama, so they could become acquainted before the wedding. He seemed nice enough; at least he didn't treat her like she was just an unimportant woman like her father and brother Lon at home did. Of course it did help that her father, Lord Athol, was the Sovereign of the fifteen city-states of Ryshta. Amon would be on his best behavior until after the wedding, when the pretty little blonde would belong to him.

Roslin was to have been wed at the tender age of sixteen, but her mother had become ill, and she had begged her father to let her stay by her mother's side through the illness. He had reluctantly consented, and Roslin had watched her mother waste away for three years. Now, at almost twenty, she would finally marry.

The morning had been pleasant enough, starting with a carriage ride through the lovely countryside to introduce her to her new home. They had stopped to picnic under a sweet smelling honey locust tree. The meal was interrupted by the sight of smoke rising in the distance, and Amon sought higher ground in order to identify what might be burning. To his dismay, he saw that the smoke was coming from the city of Frama itself. Hurriedly, they packed the carriage and started for home. As they drew closer, it became apparent by the shouts and screaming that a battle was raging. Amon hid Roslin in the underbrush on the hill overlooking the city, and ran to help defend his home. From her hiding place, Roslin watched in horror as the attackers swarmed through the city, laying waste to everything in sight. For the marauders victory was swift, and their cheers could be heard as they marched away from Frama.

Roslin slipped from her hiding place and ran down the hill into the city. The grounds were littered with the dead and dying, and the sight and smell of the carnage caused the young woman to drop to her knees, retching until she though she would die. The streets were filled with the sight of women clutching the bodies of their dead men and the sounds of wailing women and children filled the night air.

Roslin made her way to the governor's home, only to find her grandfather lying in a crumpled heap in front of the house. She heard her name called, and turned to the sound. Amon lay in the shadows on the far side of the yard. Running to him, she sat and pulled his bleeding head into her lap.

"I tried," was all he said, as she watched him struggle for breath.

"I know," she answered, trying to blink back the tears. "Don't try to talk, just rest." Franticly she looked around for someone who could help, but saw only the dead. Looking back into his face, she realized he was already gone. No one could help him now. She gently lifted his head off her lap, and placed it on the ground. New tears started down her face. Not for the loss of loved one's, for in truth, everyone here in Frama were strangers to her, even Grandfather Gage was a stranger. Her brothers had traveled many times to Frama to visit with him at his request, but Roslin was a female, and only useful when it came time to marry her off. No, Roslin did not weep for loss of loved ones; she wept at the horror of the situation. There was nothing for her here now, and her only thought was to try to get home and let her father know what had happened. She knew that Dairus, the capital city of Ryshta was to the west, and she started walking, not wanting to linger another moment in this devastation.

The evening chill had set in and it began to drizzle as the young woman walked out of the city. It seemed to Roslin that she had traveled for miles when at last she saw a cottage in the distance. Not knowing if they would be friend or foe, she debated whether to approach it or not. The cold and hunger got the best of her, and she decided to risk asking for help. No light shone through the windows, but that could be attributed to the late hour. They could be sleeping, unaware of the carnage that had gone on just a few miles away. When she got closer, she noticed that the door was open. Something was not right, and she slipped quietly to the window and peered inside.

The house appeared to be empty, and things were scattered around as if the occupants had made a hasty exit. She went inside, and although it was not particularly warm, at least it was dry. Looking at the cold hearth, Roslin wished she knew how to start a fire. She had never needed to know how to do such things; someone had always done them for her. She had been raised in the sheltered world of the palace grounds of the Sovereign, and had never been allowed out to mingle with, or be contaminated by, the slave riffraff, as her father called them. Her slaves were not even allowed to speak to her except to ask how they might serve her. Continuing to check the small house, she found that the occupants had taken the entire cache of foodstuffs with them. Exhausted, she curled up on a bare mattress, and went to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Midwest Book Review: July 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 Review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Mysterious! Dynamic!

    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.

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    Posted January 13, 2009

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