The Warrior's Tale (Anteros Series #2)

The Warrior's Tale (Anteros Series #2)

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by Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
     
 

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Captain Rali Emilie Antero came from an illustrious and wealthy trading family whose members included a wizard, long dead, and a famous adventurer, Amalric - very much alive and regaling rapt audiences with tales of his quest to the legendary Far Kingdoms. Much was expected of an Antero... But Rali cared little for magic and magicians, and even less for journeying,… See more details below

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Captain Rali Emilie Antero came from an illustrious and wealthy trading family whose members included a wizard, long dead, and a famous adventurer, Amalric - very much alive and regaling rapt audiences with tales of his quest to the legendary Far Kingdoms. Much was expected of an Antero... But Rali cared little for magic and magicians, and even less for journeying, particularly on the ocean. She was a soldier, committed to defending Orissa, the city of her birth, and to winning respect for her command, the elite, all-women Maranon Guard. Winning battles was no problem for the Guard; but there were too many jealous men who wanted the women warriors out of the way. So just when Rali should have been at home, resting on the laurels of her latest victory, she found herself assigned to lead a suicide mission: a seagoing odyssey in search of an evil master wizard - the last Archon of Lycanth - who had fled with a doomsday spell, a secret that could destroy all of civilization. And so Rali Antero and her Maranon warriors set out to sea, with the wizard Gamelan, on an epic hunt for Orissa's most deadly enemy. It would be Rali's greatest challenge: a desperate pursuit, raging across the great Western Sea, past the barbaric caravan port of Jeypur, past Tiger Bay and the Lemon Coast, past even the Jasmine Islands, to the great fire reefs that marked the end of the world - and beyond, to places unmarked even in legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What might have been a standard nautical fantasy patterned on the Odyssey reveals itself to be a charmingly subversive lesbian feminist romp about a group of women warriors who battle wizards, demons, pirates and sexism on land and at sea. Narrator Captain Rali Emilie Antero of the Maranon Guards is in charge of a legion of women who train rabidly, fight ferociously and swear off sex with men. Typically, they've been forced to stay home in Orissa and be showpiece soldiers, but after they disembowel a raging demon in front of the entire city, they are awarded a place of honor in the upcoming battle with the rival city of Lycanth. Adventure abounds as the women sail uncharted seas, searching for the Archon, or sorceror, who is determined to destroy them and rule the world. This lighthearted novel (sequel to The Far Kingdoms; Rali is the sister of that novel's hero) turns several of the standard fantasy conventions topsy-turvy. There's the twist, for example, by which Rali, after heroically saving a local princess from drowning, enters into a sweaty romance with her-just one more winsome moment in a book brimming with whopping good fun. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
As commander of the all-female Maranon Guard, Rali Emilie Antero must defend the city of Orissa. When sorcerous magics threaten the city, Antero receives orders to pursue the malevolent wizard across uncharted seas, returning only when her quarry is defeated. The Odyssey-like voyage of Antero and her companions lends a picaresque quality to this sequel to The Far Kingdoms (Ballantine, 1994). While not graphic or gratuitous, the authors' forthright portrayal of lesbian relationships may limit the audience for this fast-moving and involving fantsy adventure. Recommended, with the above "caveat," for most fantasy collections.
Roland Green
The second big collaborative fantasy by the creators of the Sten Adventures takes place in the well-drawn and extensively developed world they introduced in "The Far Kingdoms" (1993). This second installment also takes the protagonist to sea, a location turning up more and more often in fantasy these days. The warrior of the title is Rali Emilie Antero, sister to Amalric, hero of the earlier book, and commander of an elite all-women force, the Maranon Guard. Because of various circumstances, she and her troopers must embark on a long, perilous pursuit and quest to the ends of the known world and considerably beyond, with perils both natural and magical besetting them every mile of the way. This book lacks absolutely nothing to thoroughly grip fantasy readers, and Rali is a superior entry in the ranks of martial women. Bunch and Cole struck out in original directions for action-sf with the Sten series and are now doing the same in fantasy. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345387349
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
Anteros Series, #2
Edition description:
REPRINT
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.10(d)

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