Goddess

Goddess

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by Fiona McIntosh
     
 

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The city-state of Percheron is in crisis. Zaradine Ana has been captured by the mysterious Arafanz and his desert warriors and is being held in their isolated fort. It is also suspected that she is pregnant with Zar Boaz's son, the heir to the throne . . .

Though Lazar has made it out of the desert, his heroics in bringing the Valide and Grand Vizier to

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The city-state of Percheron is in crisis. Zaradine Ana has been captured by the mysterious Arafanz and his desert warriors and is being held in their isolated fort. It is also suspected that she is pregnant with Zar Boaz's son, the heir to the throne . . .

Though Lazar has made it out of the desert, his heroics in bringing the Valide and Grand Vizier to safety have cost him. Afflicted with the drezden illness that befalls him when he is weak, he is too sick to move from his bed, when help comes from an unexpected source . . .

Zar Boaz finds himself trapped by both his heart and his head. Though he can think of nothing but Ana, imprisoned in the desert, his country is on the brink of war and his Spur is helpless. Hatching a daring plan, he calls for Percheron's strongest to make one more pilgrimage into the desert, even as warships threaten Percheron's harbor, and the Goddess reaches the crest of her ascent, throwing all parties—mortal and divine—into a perilous battle for their hearts, their lives, and their souls.

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Publishers Weekly

The Arabian Nights-flavored Percheron saga finally comes to an end in this shallow follow-up to 2007's Emissary. Young, pregnant Ana (not to be confused with Lyana, a goddess, or Ellyana, her messenger) is held captive by Arafanz, a religious zealot who wants the child believed to have been sired by Zar Boaz, Ana's disloyal husband and Percheron's leader. Could the father actually be the man Ana loves more, Galinsea's Prince Lucien, aka Spur Lazar? Imprisoned, Ana frets while Zar Boaz and Lazar search for her with help from Iridor, a shape-changing demigod. Manipulative demon Maliz, who inhabits the Zar's grand vizier and skips to another human shell when need arises, does everything he can to stop them, and their efforts are further hampered when war breaks out between Percheron and Galinsea. The tale is marred by sluggish pacing and uninteresting characters, and lacks an introduction that might help new readers understand the multilayered plot. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061861000
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Percheron Saga , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
463,509
File size:
982 KB

Meet the Author

Fiona McIntosh was raised in the U.K. but left London to explore the world and found herself in Australia, where she fell in love with the country and one person in particular. She has since roamed the planet for her work in the travel industry but now writes full-time and continues to draw inspiration from her travels. McIntosh lives with her husband and teenage sons, splitting her time between city life in South Australia and the wilderness of Tasmania.

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Goddess (Percheron Saga Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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GerriLynn More than 1 year ago
One of the things I enjoy the most about Fiona Mcintosh is that she doesn't write typical fantasy. She is about two points off center, and that makes her stories much more interesting. The Goddess follows that pattern, right down to the ending. While Ana is not on stage as much as in the previous books, her role as mother-to-be drives the entire story. Conspiracies riot throughout as Zar Boaz, Lazar, and Maliz run off to rescue Ana, each for their own reasons. Meanwhile, Herezah, Boaz's mother, has to contend with her own treacherous allies, who, through a failed assassination attempt, puts two countries at war with each other. Throw in an ancient cycle of betrayal and death between a demon and a goddess, and things get quite messy. The ending, however, is quite the surprise. Things don't turn out quite the way anyone expects them to, and for that, the story world is grateful. The story ends in a perfectly suited whisper, one that ties up all the remaining threads and leaves the reader satisfied. Make sure to read the first two books; The Goddess really does require all that context to make sense.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Religious fanatic Aranfanz holds captive in his desert fortress pregnant Zaradine Ana because he believes Percheron¿s leader Zar Boaz is the father of the unborn. Aranfanz plans to use the heir as a pawn.------------ Ana wonders if her beloved Prince Lucien of Galinsea, known in Percheron as Spur Lazar, is the father. However, her biggest concern is for her child wheile she remains incarcerated by the desert warriors. Meanwhile her spouse Zar and her beloved Luicen obtain the help of shapeshifting demigod Iridor in their quest to find and free Ana at a time when their two nations turn to war and Maliz the demon in human guise as the grand vizier tries to prevent their success.------------- The final Percheron tale (see ODALISQUE and EMISSARY) is an interesting ending to a strong trilogy though this entry is not quite as engaging as the previous pair is as it takes too long to move into confrontational mode. The key cast remains solid characters as Zar obsesses over Ana to the point that he leaves his country at risk from the sea to mount a desert rescue of her. Although newcomers must read the rpevious books to comprhened what is going on in GODDESS, Fiona McIntosh closes her saga on a fine note.---------- Harriet Klausner