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A brand-new fantasy saga from the author of the Keys of Power series

Third Prince Maddyn Kevleren is one of the few members of his royal family who cannot Wield-cannot access the realm of magic. When he crosses the most powerful magician in the empire, he will be forced to set out across the sea to find the new colony of Kydan to escape her revenge...but even the wide ocean may not be enough to protect him.

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Overview

A brand-new fantasy saga from the author of the Keys of Power series

Third Prince Maddyn Kevleren is one of the few members of his royal family who cannot Wield-cannot access the realm of magic. When he crosses the most powerful magician in the empire, he will be forced to set out across the sea to find the new colony of Kydan to escape her revenge...but even the wide ocean may not be enough to protect him.

With the death of Empress Hetha Kevleren, regions of the Empire of Hamilay see an opportunity to use the magical force of the Sefid to secede. Third Prince Maddyn Kevleren is unable to work the magic of the Sefid; he therefore can't Wield and, as such, is unable to access the magic realm. When Kevleren crosses the most skilled user of the Sefid in the empire--former lover and second cousin Dutchess Yunara--he must take another path to protect himself and loved ones from her wrath. He accepts this as an opportunity to strengthen the empire's stronghold in the New World, knowing that the unknown is less dangerous than the known.

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Empire's Daughter, the first volume of a projected fantasy series from Australian author Simon Brown, chronicles the adventures of exiled prince Maddyn Kevleren, as he and a company of outcasts and refugees set out on a perilous quest to start a new colony across the Deepening Sea.

The Hamilay Empire, the greatest power the realm has ever known, is ruled by the Kevleren, an extended family with the ability to utilize Sefid (magic) through blood sacrifice, known as Wielding. The greater the sacrifice -- a beloved servant, for example -- the more powerful the Wielding. General Maddyn Kevleren is one of the few royal family members who cannot Wield, and when a torrid love affair with a frighteningly powerful second cousin goes bad, he is forced into exile to escape her vengeance.

But Maddyn's destination, Kydan, is not exactly a sanctuary. Having just experienced its own bloody revolution two years earlier, Kydan is a trade-rich country coveted by two warring empires, Hamilay and Rivald. When Maddyn and his contingent finally reach Kydan, they find that political intrigue, betrayal, greed -- and one scorned woman's revenge -- have followed them around the world.

Fans of Brown's Keys of Power trilogy (Inheritance, Fire and Sword, and Sovereign) should make it a point to seek out the first installment of this exciting new series, which is reminiscent of Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia chronicles and Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels -- action-packed sagas powered by compelling characters and masterfully intricate plotlines. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756402839
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Series: Chronicles of Kydan Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 4.16 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Not bad at all

    I will say this much, Simon Brown kept me on my toes trying to figure out exactly where he was going with this book. Look for a few completly unexpected twists. The only things I didn't like about this book were that the story line was extremly morbid and the story lags like he didn't realy know where he was going himself.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific fantasy

    With the death of Empress Hetha Kevleren, regions of the powerful far flung Empire of Hamilay see an opportunity to use the magical force of the Sefid to secede. However, to be successful at Wielding the magic, sacrifice must occur; the closer the Wielder cherishes the victim, the more powerful the usage of the Sefid. The Kevleren have been the most powerful practitioners, but many believe that the Duchess Yunara is the strongest magician today though her sister Lerena is the new Empress.--- General Third Prince Maddyn Kevleren is unable to work the magic of the Sefid as his relatives can especially his former lover and second cousin Yunara. He tries to make up for his inadequacy through military prowess, but knows that in spite of his being the top general in the empire he remains an embarrassment to his friends. As he angers Yunara, Maddyn knows he must flee to protect loved ones from her wrath. He accepts an opportunity to strengthen the empire¿s stronghold in the New World, knowing that the unknown is less dangerous than the known.--- Simon Brown, renowned for his Keys of Power trilogy, provides fantasy fans with a terrific new series with the fabulous Book One of the Chronicles of Kydan. The well written story line moves on two fronts as Maddyn tries to serve the new Empress while keeping his loved ones safe from retaliation; the two royal siblings have troubles starting with a Rivald revolt and massacre aided by magic that seems impossible to have occurred the way it apparently did. Because the key powerful cast seems real, they make magic appear normal so that epic fantasy readers will enjoy Mr. Brown¿s latest saga.--- Harriet Klausner

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