Shannivar: Book Two of The Seven-Petaled Shield

Shannivar: Book Two of The Seven-Petaled Shield

by Deborah J. Ross
     
 

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Shannivar is a young warrior, skilled in horsemanship and archery and raised by her uncle, the clan chieftain. When all the other young warrior-women have set aside their bows and arrows for husbands, she still dreams of glory.

Desperate to resist the imperialistic arm of the nearby growing empire, all of the clans of

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A Kirkus notable new release!

Shannivar is a young warrior, skilled in horsemanship and archery and raised by her uncle, the clan chieftain. When all the other young warrior-women have set aside their bows and arrows for husbands, she still dreams of glory.

Desperate to resist the imperialistic arm of the nearby growing empire, all of the clans of her nation are gathering to propose an alliance. As Shannivar and her fellow delegates travel to the meeting, they encounter a stranger, Zevaron, heir to the magical Seven-Petaled Shield. Zevaron also seeks to halt the empire’s expansion on behalf of his own fallen lost nation and joins forces with Shannivar. Shannivar has never met anyone like Zevaron, with his aura of power and quiet assurance.

Soon the clan gathering is ready, except for the mysterious absence of the clan from the far north. When the ragged band of the missing delegates finally arrive, they tell strange and ominous stories; and Zevaron, bestowed with the ancient central stone of the mystical Seven-Petaled Shield, feels a great emanation of danger from the north . Together, he and Shannivar set out on a journey to discover the source of these dangers—a quest even the prophets believe will fail. Shannivar is the second installment of the thrilling The Seven-Petaled Shield series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
The second installment of Ross’s fantasy series is mostly a prelude to book three. Vengeance-obsessed refugee Zevaron agrees to protect Danar, the young heir to the throne of Gelon, both because he owes Danar’s father and because he knows it will annoy Danar’s uncle, Cinath, who commanded Gelon’s subjugation of Zevaron’s native Meklavar. Zevaron and Danar’s flight takes them across the Azkhantian steppes, whose nomads have their own conflicts with Gelon. Imperial ambitions prove a secondary concern when portents of doom come from the north. Allied for the moment with the nomadic warrior-woman Shannivar, Zevaron turns to confront a threat to the world itself. Ross’s prose is serviceable and she puts her by-the-numbers secondary world to good use. Existential dangers are a well-chewed trope and Ross has little new to offer, but as time-killing comfort reads go, this could be worse—as long as readers don’t mind that all closure has been deferred to the final volume. (Dec.)
ConNotations (for Darkover series)
“Deborah has contrived to express the rich tapestry of the characters and backdrop of Darkover in a way that would make Marion proud.”
Booklist (for Darkover series)
“Ross succeeds in keeping [Darkover] true to Bradley’s style.”
From the Publisher
“Rejoice.... Ross's literary strength [is] her sensitivity to human needs and talents.” — Publishers Weekly (for Darkover series)

“Deborah has contrived to express the rich tapestry of the characters and backdrop of Darkover in a way that would make Marion proud.” — ConNotations (for Darkover series)

“Ross succeeds in keeping [Darkover] true to Bradley’s style.” — Booklist (for Darkover series)

“Fans will be pleased, and those new to the world of Darkover have a treat in store.” — VOYA (for Darkover series)

“Rejoice.... Ross's literary strength [is] her sensitivity to human needs and talents.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“Deborah has contrived to express the rich tapestry of the characters and backdrop of Darkover in a way that would make Marion proud.”—ConNations (for Darkover series)
 
“Ross succeeds in keeping [Darkover] true to Bradley’s style.”—Booklist (for Darkover series)
 
“Fans will be pleased, and those new to the world of Darkover have a treat in store.”—VOYA (for Darkover series)
 

Library Journal
11/15/2013
Representing her tribe at a meeting to form an alliance of clans against a nearby empire, woman-warrior Shannivar meets Zevaron, heir to the Seven-Petaled Shield, who warns of a great danger coming from the north.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756409203
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
622,952
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Rejoice.... Ross's literary strength [is] her sensitivity to human needs and talents.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“Deborah has contrived to express the rich tapestry of the characters and backdrop of Darkover in a way that would make Marion proud.”—ConNations
 
“Ross succeeds in keeping [Darkover] true to Bradley’s style.”—Booklist
 
“Fans will be pleased, and those new to the world of Darkover have a treat in store.”—VOYA
 

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