Covenants (Borderlands Series #1)

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Rabbit is a trooper on the Border Guards, just another body in the King's army. But when his patrol encounters a Faena-one of the magical guardians of an uneasy ally-Rabbit is thrust into a political and magical intrigue that could start a war. Because Rabbit isn't just another trooper. He is the son of nobility-and a mage who doesn't know his own power...

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Rabbit is a trooper on the Border Guards, just another body in the King's army. But when his patrol encounters a Faena-one of the magical guardians of an uneasy ally-Rabbit is thrust into a political and magical intrigue that could start a war. Because Rabbit isn't just another trooper. He is the son of nobility-and a mage who doesn't know his own power...

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The first of a series, this volume traces the relationship between a country soldier named Rabbit and a Faena mountain cat named Laurel, neither of whom are what they appear to be. Laurel helps Rabbit's unit find its way out of the mountains, and then enlists the unit's help to prevent a war. Yes, Laurel speaks their language; he also walks like a human, although he is magical. Borderland-born Rabbit is found to be of royal blood, and a mage in training who has escaped from his evil mentor. The troop travels to the main city of Iversterre where they find more magic and mischief. The king is part elfin, and military officers begin transforming into magical animals. Some of the clergy, soldiers, and politicos condemn this magic, yet become pawns in the hands of evil. What with the longtime grudge between the south and the northern Borderlands, and between the magicals and the humans, war seems inevitable. Can Rabbit control his growing powers and avert disaster? No one knows. While this is a long book, it's a fast read because of the suspenseful plot and changing characters. Rabbit's self-development and knowledge are particularly satisfying. Too many "uhs" dot the dialog, but when the characters are articulate the fun begins. (A Borderlands Novel). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Penguin, Roc, 546p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451459800
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Series: Borderlands Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.54 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    Awesome!

    I thought that Lorna Freeman created a wonderfully rich and detailed world that I have enjoyed a couple of times sincce getting my hands on Covenant. I Strongly recommend it to any who love fantasy. I eagerly await the next book and will buy it in either paperback or hardback. Great Job Lorna!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2009

    Love this book!!

    I thought this book was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    I have only one thing to say.....

    MORE!!! MORE!!!!! MORE!!!!! (Okay, that was three things. But you get my drift.) This is one of the best, most enjoyable books I've read for a long time, and maybe one of THE best first novels I've ever read. Please, Ms. Freeman, keep 'em coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    Excellent Fantasy Novel

    This novel is a wonderful begining to what will become a great series of books. Freeman has created a complex world of magic and politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    Beware!!!

    Take warning oh reader, beware this evil book. It is accursed, a most vile mage has enchanted this story. If you wish to have a life then don't pick up this book and open it, if you do you are doomed. You will be trapped, your eyes moving from line to line, nothing will exist for you until you finally reach the end. Time will cease to exist, at least for you. Nothing will matter but finishing. And then the most diabolical thing of all, you have to wait until the next book is finished before you can read more, for, while the mage has crafted a complete story she also leaves you wanting more. Wanting to return to her wonderful world to see what is next for Rabbit. Excuse me, I have to go and read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Good romp

    Covenents is just a fun little romp of a story. It's got a great world as a basis with strong interesting characters, a good amount of humor, and an interesting plot. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I think it would have been better suited broken into too books as it's a little long for it's type and because it tended to go a little over the top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Great fantasy

    Covenants Lorna Freeman Roc, May 2004, $6.99, 416 pp. ISBN 0451459806 Once the magicals (sprites, dragons, fairies, etc.) lived in Iversterre until the humans pushed them into the Borderlands. When the humans encroached upon the Border and committed crimes against its inhabitants, the magicals soundly defeated them in a war. The peace treaty was signed and the magicals receded into legend until a Faena, a sentient mountain cat, makes contact with the horse soldier Rabbit, lost with his troops in the mountains. Rabbit enters into a covenant with the Faena.................................. The Faena Laurel desires a meeting with the Iversterre King in the hopes of avoiding another war between the Borderlands and the humans. Smugglers and slaves are kidnapping or killing the magicals and smuggling their remains into Iversterre. The Faena chose Rabbit to play a role in the upcoming events because he has lived in the Borderlands for much of his life and is related to the king. Once it is discovered that all of Laurel¿s claims are true, the king, when not putting down a coup or dealing with evil sorcerers, comes to terms with the Faena. They return to the Borderlands hoping to forge a permanent peace, but first must deal with treachery from within their own ranks............................. In addition to all his other roles, Rabbit is a mage who has just come into his powers and he uses them to stop the king¿s enemies and to battle with a sorcerer who is determined to see his mission fail. Readers will adore this fascinating hero who just wants to be an ordinary foot soldier but is thrust by fate into being the savior of two realms. COVENANTS is a delightful and enthralling fantasy written by an author who excels at world building..................... Harriet Klausner

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