Skirmish (House War Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Skirmish takes readers into brand-new territory, beginning right after the conclusion of The Sun Sword. The Terafin has been assassinated by a demon, and the battle for the House Seat will now begin. Four candidates have declared themselves, but Jewel, the Terafin’s own choice to become the next Terafin, has yet to announce her intentions. By the time she does announce her candidacy, attempts have been made on her life by demons. She has also walked along and shut a magical road against some of the demons, while ...
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Skirmish (House War Series #4)

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Overview

Skirmish takes readers into brand-new territory, beginning right after the conclusion of The Sun Sword. The Terafin has been assassinated by a demon, and the battle for the House Seat will now begin. Four candidates have declared themselves, but Jewel, the Terafin’s own choice to become the next Terafin, has yet to announce her intentions. By the time she does announce her candidacy, attempts have been made on her life by demons. She has also walked along and shut a magical road against some of the demons, while at the same time, she’s acquired a number of nonhuman allies. But whether Jewel and her allies—both mortal and magical—will all survive the war that is now beginning is very much in question….
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jewel ATerafin returns home too late to see her mentor alive, but not too late to follow her as ruler of House Terafin. She collects magical allies and servitors: immortals Celleriant and Avandar, the white stag called the Winter King, and three giant, infuriating, talking winged cats. With the help of her den-siblings and a few other friends, Jewel battles threats to her House and city while negotiating hazardous political waters. The magic feels truly magical, luminous and confusing. Unfortunately Jewel’s lack of conscious control over her powers often makes her more deus ex machina than active heroine, and the magical creatures upstage the human interactions that were at the heart of earlier books. West capably handles the shift, which almost feels like a change in genre, but for fans who liked the House War series as “mannerpunk” more than epic fantasy, that may not be enough. (Jan.)
Library Journal
A demon from the Undercity has assassinated the head of House Terafin, the most influential of the Essalieyan Empire's ruling houses, and candidates for the vacant position now jockey for advantage. Jewell Markess, the strongest candidate and the late Terafin's personal choice as successor, prepares to announce her entry into the political arena, despite attempts on her life by demons seeking to control the surface lands. The war between the Undercity and forces of the Empire that had been building in previous volumes of West's panoramic epic (The Hidden City; City of Night; House Name) now breaks out in full force. VERDICT Strong characters, a resourceful heroine, and detailed world-building make for high-quality fantasy that should have a broad appeal, particularly for fans of Kate Elliott and Mercedes Lackey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101563106
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: House War Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 167,708
  • File size: 820 KB

Meet the Author

Michelle West is the author of three interconnected series: The Sacred Hunt duology, the six-volume Sun Sword series, and The House War novels. She has published numerous short stories, as well as fantasty novels, under her maiden name, Michelle Sagara. She was a two-time nominee for the Campbell Award. She works part-time at BAKKA Books, one of Toronto's larger bookstores, and writes a column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She can contacted via her website, michellesagara.com. 


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Can't put it down

    Love these books. Love the story being told and the way West weaves so many characters and plots together. Can't wait for the next book, and the next series for that matter.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    The whole series, like all others Michelle's books, is exception

    The whole series, like all others Michelle's books, is exceptional. I highly recommend the whole series. In Battle the characters we have come to love and expect so much of them, jump to the forefront. Much is known and discovered, Jewel knows she is moving to a newer stage of her life to achieve what is expected of her. Her band of friends, like her, achieve a higher level of maturity and responsibility. It's one of those books that you want to read and read, and never put down, But you finish it to anxiously wait for the next one. Be alert, once you finish it, you must read it again, and again.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This si the continuation of the series and really the start of new content for Jewel and her den. Up to now it has been a more thorough biograpghy of the character, now we have new content, starting from Jewel's return from the Southern sands. This book finally delivers a mature Jewel. And her acceptance that she has power and growing into the role of being a power.

    If you like watching the creation of God-like characters this is it. The most enjoyable pieces of epic fantasy to me is reading on how God-like characters grow into their power. How a legend can be created. Of what events happened that lead to whispers down the halls of time that are legends a thousand years later. Jewel, will be remembered for some time and this is but the tip of her story.

    BTW: the cats are pretty cool.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    LOVED IT!

    I read everything I can get my hands on by this author. Detailed and cohesive story lines that just keep you glued to the pages. Too bad Barnes & Noble didn't think enough of it to actually stock it in the store.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    First you need to know if you are interested in this series or t

    First you need to know if you are interested in this series or this book that Jewel the main character is featured in another series called The Sun Sword series in between books 3 and 4. The experiences are not necessary to read for you to continue the series but it does make it easier to understand where all the new characters come from and some of her memories that she recalls. I highly recommend this series and this author. I love her writing style and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Wow!

    Lots of action and unexpected outcomes!

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