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Battle (House War Series #5)

Battle (House War Series #5)

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The weeks since Jewel Markess ATerafin has been acclaimed ruler of her House have not been peaceful; four assassination attempts have been made on her life, and one of the most important members of her House Council has been forced to retire, leaving a seat empty at a time when she requires trusted allies.

The war in the distant South has ended; the armies,

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The weeks since Jewel Markess ATerafin has been acclaimed ruler of her House have not been peaceful; four assassination attempts have been made on her life, and one of the most important members of her House Council has been forced to retire, leaving a seat empty at a time when she requires trusted allies.

The war in the distant South has ended; the armies, victorious, have returned to Averalaan. During the victory parade of the Kings' armies, the fifth assassination attempt occurs—in full view of the Ten, the Kings, and thousands of spectators. To survive, Jewel takes to the sky on the back of a winged cat; she returns to the Terafin Manse, leaving demonic destruction in her wake, the demon itself in pursuit. In the forest behind her manse, she has the power—barely—to stand against the demon; she does not have the power to destroy it.

In the aftermath of the Terafin's funeral, the Kings have demanded an audience with the newest ruler of House Terafin. A single, careless command given to the elemental earth on the day of the funeral has caused unexplained and disturbing changes to the palace itself. But before Jewel can answer the summons, she falls prey to the strange, sleeping plague that has felled citizens across the city of Averalaan—from the poorest of holdings to the wealthiest of mansions across the Isle.

It is there—in the uneasy land of dreams—that Jewel discovers the reason for the sickness, and there that she begins to understand the forces arrayed against both her House and the Empire; if she can survive the traps set by the Warden of Dreams and by her deadly, former allies, she will wake to a changed world—if she wakes at all.

Editorial Reviews

Chaotic Compendium (for Skirmish)
"Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters. These are people who've been in my life since the late '90's and, like George R.R. Martin's characters, they feel like family. I'm much closer to Sagara's characters, but that's not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle.... I loved this book, as I've loved all of her books. If you're new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin's series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books."
The Maine Edge (for The Hidden City)
"This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It's simply a great read; don't miss it."
Alternative Worlds
"[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination."
Night Owl Reviews
"House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den.... West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she's been there all along and it's about time she was noticed as such."
From the Publisher
"This is the reason I fell in love with the books set in the Essalieyan universe." —Dear Author (for Battle)

"Richly and superbly detailed. Her characters live and sing." —Examiner (for Battle)

"Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters. These are people who've been in my life since the late '90's and, like George R.R. Martin's characters, they feel like family. I'm much closer to Sagara's characters, but that's not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle.... I loved this book, as I've loved all of her books. If you're new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin's series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books." —Chaotic Compendium (for Skirmish)

"House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den.... West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she's been there all along and it's about time she was noticed as such." —Night Owl Reviews (for House Name)

"[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination." —Alternative Worlds (for City of Night)

"This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It's simply a great read; don't miss it." —The Maine Edge (for The Hidden City)
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407957
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Series:
House War Series, #5
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters. These are people who've been in my life since the late '90's and, like George R.R. Martin's characters, they feel like family. I'm much closer to Sagara's characters, but that's not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle.... I loved this book, as I've loved all of her books. If you're new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin's series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books."— Chaotic Compendium (for Skirmish)

"House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den.... West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she's been there all along and it's about time she was noticed as such." — Night Owl Reviews

"[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination." — Alternative Worlds

"This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It's simply a great read; don't miss it." — The Maine Edge (for The Hidden City)

 

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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The Battle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
temprance More than 1 year ago
West is one of my all-time favorite authors and this book is yet another entry in a magnificent series.  While this book contains fewer of the violent scenes of love, loss, and conflict that West weaves so deftly into her other works, I did not feel their absence.  Instead, long held secrets are revealed (I mean, SUSPECTED but WOW!) and beloved, but less developed characters were drawn with a clear hand (team Finch!).  Action is wonderful, but it is lovely to just wallow in the world a bit...with a bit of magical wonder and tense political intrigue to leaven the mix.  That said, I did find a bit of redundancy in the language (wait, didn't I just read that same line two pages ago?) and felt the editor did us a disservice in their lack of attention to detail.  All in all, I LOVED this book and will be waiting eagerly for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was decent, but not up to the standards of the other books in the series. I think this book was more of a filler between books to set the stage for what is to come. The one thing this book was sorely lacking in was actual action. There was a lot of talk and preparations but the battle the title signified was never realized.
Emmaandotto More than 1 year ago
Years ago, I picked up the first book in the sun sword series.  I had a hard time getting into it so I put it down.  Some months later, my friend told me I HAD to read it, that it was amazing.  I tried it again, and once I got into it, I fell in love with Michelle West and the amazing world and characters she created.  These books, including this one, are pretty much my favorite ever!!  I can't wait for the next book!!  And I love kallandros!  He's my favorite character. 
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always fabulous -- everything she writes -- one of my favorite authors
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