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An epic fantasy standalone novel from the author of the stunning Wars of Light and Shadow series. When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue.When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue. Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king's beloved daughter. Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life-term as ...
An epic fantasy standalone novel from the author of the stunning Wars of Light and Shadow series. When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue.When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue. Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king's beloved daughter. Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life-term as the Crown's right-hand man command the kingdom's deep-seated respect; and Mykkael, the rough-hewn newcomer who has won the post of Captain of the Garrison – a scarred veteran with a deadly record of field warfare, whose 'interesting' background and foreign breeding are held in contempt by court society.As the princess's trail vanishes outside the citadel's gates, anxiety and tension escalate. Mykkael's investigations lead him to a radical explanation for the mystery, but he finds himself under suspicion from the court factions. Will Commander Taskin's famous fair-mindedness be enough to unravel the truth behind the garrison captain's dramatic theory: that the resourceful, high-spirited princess was not taken by force, but fled the palace to escape a demonic evil?
Posted October 6, 2013
Well after taking a break by reading another book, I finally finished the last 3rd of this book. And the last 3rd was pretty good and not boring, as I thought the first 2/3 of the book were. I'm moving the book up a bit in my rating scale to "maybe read again."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2009
I've read several of Janny Wurt's novels now. She is a wonderful writer who portrays people such that you feel like you know them. This is what she did with Mykkael and Anya. They are sketched in and then filled out in To Ride Hell's Chasm in such clear detail that you'll feel like you've spent half your life with them.
And the excitement never stops ... From the moment you meet the captain until the very end of the book. There is something happening throughout. I felt like I couldn't put the book down, and want to keep turning the pages until I got to the end.
The book is long enough that you'll find yourself involved for a while; that is unless you read a lot faster than I do (:-). The paperback is 692 pages (but that's including a short reference section that is added at the end; nicely; I might add). But there is only one volume and unlike some of her other works (ala, the Cycle of Fire, trilogy, and the Wars of Light and Shadow ... which are also well worth spending time with) this appears to be a standalone novel. So even though it is longer, it isn't so long that you'd be afraid to start (and never finish).
The only downside, if there is any, is that the world of Sessalie and Tuinvardia are so fascinating that I'm really hoping that Janny Wurts decides to write more (about them). I'd love to learn more about the other races and demons, that are referenced, in To Ride Hell's Chasm.
Posted October 4, 2009
Wow! Janny told me the story got really exciting during the last half. Wrong! It was really exciting all the way through. If there is any fault at all in the book, it is that the excitement NEVER slacks off & it's really hard to put down. That's not really fair when it is so long - yet seems not long enough. I'd love to read more about this world & its characters.
The plot is beautifully crafted, lovingly revealed & the resolution left me gasping (& a bit teary eyed). The characters are amazingly human, yet heroic, each in their own way. The prose is a bit dense at times. Each word was obviously chosen with professional care, so be warned if you like to quickly skim a novel - don't do it. You might get away with it with this one, but you don't want to. The description is too acute, the world perfectly formed & a quick read will simply dim it.
My highest praise is reserved for her handling of the horses. Obviously, she KNOWS horses. She knows their strengths, weaknesses & personalities. Yes, each horse has a personality. They're not simply hooved cars. They're not cutsey, caricatures, either. There is no anthropomorphism here. They're every bit as 'real' as the fictionalized humans. If you don't know horses, there may be a few terms that could use some definition, but not many. Most are well enough described. The 'near' side of a horse is the left side, for instance. It is a proper equestrian term.
Anyway, it's a fantastic read & I highly recommend it. I've yet to be disappointed by one of her books & this one just raised my esteem for her writing another notch.
Posted April 4, 2004
In 'To Ride Hell's Chasm' Janny Wurts once again brings us a world alive with color and tradition, as well as truly believable characters. The simple, peaceful Kingdom of Sassalie is stunned when on the night of her betrothal the princess vanishes. Her recovery and safety fall to two men with vastly disparate backgrounds and methods. Both men will be tried through fire and sorcery and will face their weaknesses. A wonderful read and by far the best book I have read in a long time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2003
The small kingdom of Sessalie has known peace for centuries because the mountains that surround it keep enemies out. It is a happy place and the people are pleased that Princess Anja is marrying the crown Prince of Devall because that means the kingdom will have seaport access for the merchants. On the eve of Princess Anja¿s betrothal dinner, she doesn¿t show up and a search of the castle finds her gone........................................ The clothes she was to wear are found in a utility closet which means she left on her own free will. Nobody understands why she left since it is widely known she loves her prince but when Mykkael the captain of the Garrison, sees a witch ward outside the closet he begins to understand. Bound by oaths to keep her safe, he sets out after her. Before he leaves he instructs those in charge of the royal¿s safety how to stay warded against a sorcerer and his minions. When the captain and the princess join forces, they must find shamans willing to keep her safe and rid Sessalie of the abomination that wants to rule it..................................... This is a stand-alone epic fantasy that is full of action and adventure TO RIDE HELL¿S CHASM is a complex sword and sorcery novel whose protagonist is a man of honor, integrity and selflessness. He neither bends nor breaks despite the horrors he faces in his quest to save a kingdom and its princess. On her journey to save her homeland, the princess loses her innocence and becomes a warrior fighting the forces of darkness that want to kill her and aiding Mykkael when he needs help to fight the sorcerer¿s thralls.............................. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2011
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Posted April 26, 2012
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