The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, Volume Three: The Valley of Thorns

The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, Volume Three: The Valley of Thorns

by Lorinda J. Taylor


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Ki'shto'ba and its Companions are summoned back to Marcher lands where the High Commander Zhu'zi'a'ro'a and its Warriors have been engaged in a war with the Southern Nasutes over possession of the land to the south of Pol'ki'shtot (the Valley of Thorns). Having little luck keeping the treacherous Sta'ein'zei at bay, Zhu'zi'a'ro'a has decided to take A'zhu'lo's advice and attempt to negotiate peace, with Ki'shto'ba's help. Now, however, the Sta'ein'zei are advancing on the new fortress of Wei'loi'bao'cha, which lies immediately south of the Valley of Thorns. Ki'shto'ba decides it will cast its lot with the Marchers and fight alongside A'zhu'lo to protect Wei'loi'bao'cha.
However, the defense of the fortress does not go well. The Marchers decide they must abandon Wei'loi'bao'cha, taking its Mother with them inside one of the trickster Za'dut's wheeled conveyances. The Marchers withdraw through the Valley of Thorns, granted sworn assurances of safe passage by Pai'it'zei and Lin'tuk'ko (the Commander and the High Priest of the Sta'ein'zei). Ki'shto'ba is assigned to lead the vanguard that escorts the Mother while Zhu'zi'a'ro'a, A'zhu'lo, and Lug'tei'a command the rear, intending to use the lightning horn to summon aid from Ki'shto'ba's forces should there be any treachery.
And indeed treachery is fated to be the order of the day ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492986744
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but only beganto publish in 2011. Her goal is to write compelling fiction that delivers an emotional impact and leaves her readers with something to think about at the end of each story.

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AdamWalker More than 1 year ago
This third installment in the Labors of Ki'Shto'ba Huge Head series continues withe the Herculean epic motif, but like the previous volume, which added in elements of the Beowulf, this volume adds elements of the Medieval French poem, the Song of Roland. Ms. Taylor, once again pulls off a wonderfully entertaining tale, blending elements of two Human stories which have endured for centuries while transposing and transmuting them into a form completely suited to her extraterrestrial termite heroes. Though much shorter than some of the other volumes in this series, this one manages to pack in all the elements I have loved in previous volumes--humorous asides, the snarky interplay between the narrator and his scribe, the machinations of the little worker Za'dut, and the interplay of the various friendships among the Companions--but this volume manages to add a few more elements--an epic list naming the warriors and their deeds before the great battle, betrayal, madness and vengeance, and regret and loss. Ms. Taylor managed to make me cry over a fictional termite, a termite for heaven's sake! I have enjoyed all the volumes of the Labors thus far, but I believe this is the best one yet!
ChrisGraham More than 1 year ago
As I progress through this mighty and thoroughly engaging epic I find myself looking forward more and more to the next book to see what happens next and I can happily say I have never been disappointed. This volume starts where volume 2 ended and, Oh Boy, there are some surprises and revelations in store for both the Band of Champions and the reader. I'd love to tell you more, but I know I'd get too carried away and may inadvertently give too many details. So if, like me, you've already been caught up by the story in the previous books, I CAN say, you'll enjoy this one as well!