The Very Best of Kate Elliott

The Very Best of Kate Elliott

by Kate Elliott


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The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott

“An absorbing read, for anyone who enjoys sci fi, fantasy, blending of the two, excellent characters, Elliot’s previous work, or dang good storytelling. Or all of the above.”
Nerds in Babeland

“This is a great collection, a fun collection, an important collection, a highly recommended collection. The Very Best of Kate Elliott is the very best that genre fiction can offer.”
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Kickass heroines and riveting storytelling are the calling cards of groundbreaking fantasy author Kate Elliott ( Crown of Stars , Crossroads , Court of Fives ). Here her bold adventuresses, complex quests, noble sacrifices, and hard-won victories shine in classic, compact legends. In “The Memory of Peace,” a girl’s powerful emotions rouse the magic of a city devastated by war. Meeting in “The Queen’s Garden,” two princesses unite to protect their kingdom from the blind ambition of their corrupted father. While “Riding the Shore of the River of Death” a chieftain’s daughter finds an unlikely ally on her path to self-determination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616961794
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,161,805
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kate Elliott is the author of the bestselling epic fantasy series Crown of Stars, the Crossroads Trilogy, and the Spiritwalker series, as well as the Court of Fives and Black Wolves young adult series. She writes fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk, and has received the Nebula and Locus awards. Elliott met her future husband during a sword fight, and they now live in Mililani, Hawaii, where she engages in competitive outrigger canoe paddling.

Read an Excerpt

From the original story to this collection, "On the Dying Winds of the Old Year and the Birthing Winds of the New"

Out on the water, paddling a canoe, the four women could speak without fear of being overheard. It was a windy day, sloppy water instead of steady swells, and their canoe battled an east wind blustering in over the bay. Mai set paddle to water, pulled, and lifted it out and forward to cut back in again, following the rhythm of the woman in the first seat.

“There’s a spy in Bronze Hall,” said the woman in the seat behind Mai.

“What makes you think so, Tesya?” Mai called the question back over her shoulder.

“Yesterday Marshal Orhon’s courier bag went missing. The bag contained his orders for which reeves were to shift station, which to come home to roost, and which to stay where they were and what routes they were to patrol. Good information if you were wanting to trap reeves stationed out in isolated eyries.”

“Orders can be changed,” said the woman in the first seat, Zubaidit.

“Neh, it’s worse than that,” said Tesya. “There are eyries which are well hidden. Observation posts known only to Bronze Hall reeves. Not even fawkners like me know them. Those places have been kept secret for generations. Furthermore, the marshal’s cote is locked and guarded at night. There’s no shoreline to bring up a boat, and no lights anyway. No one could have stolen it except someone who lives on the island.”

Mai blinked eastward into the wind. The barrier islands lay too far away to be seen except for scraps of cloud caught on their low peaks. “So you believe a reeve, a fawkner, or one of the hall-sworn stewards stole it. If that’s so, then who is the spy working for?”

“I think we all know the answer to that, don’t we, Mai?” said Tesya too sharply.

Before Mai could answer, a set of choppy waves rocked the canoe. The long float lashed by wooden arms to the left of the canoe skipped twice on the water’s surface.

In the last seat, steering, old Fohiono spoke brusquely. “Get your minds back in the boat, sisters. Weather’s coming up. Best we turn back to shore.”

The steerswoman angled her paddle against the curve of the hull. The canoe swept a wide half circle. Mai called a change, and they each swung their paddle over to the other side, Mai paddling opposite Zubaidit and Tesya. As the canoe straightened, Zubaidit set them a steady pace for the town of Salya, barely visible as a scar of brown walls and white stone against the vibrant green of the mainland.

They paddled for a while in silence. Sweat and sun and spray glistened on Zubaidit’s brown back. Out on the bay Zubaidit usually stripped down to just her linen kilt. It was easy to see her muscles working as she cut the paddle in and out of the water.

Eventually Mai felt obliged to speak.

Table of Contents

"The Queen's Garden"
"Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine"
"Riding the Shore of the River of Death"
"The Gates of Joriun"
"Making the World Live Again"
"With God to Guard Her"
"A Simple Act of Kindness"
"To Be a Man"
"The Memory of Peace"
"My Voice is My Sword"

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The Very Best of Kate Elliott 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
If you are already a fan of Kate Elliot and her strong female characters then this collection of short stories would be a great interlude before her next novel. I found the introduction rather long so I kind of skimmed through it. Let's face it I'm here for the stories not for the the intro. The stories provided a quick, easy and entertaining read but with all shorts...well they are too short. I wanted a little more to become invested in each tale. Even though they weren't long enough, they did provide a great mix of some old characters and some new. If you are looking for a good shot of different works by Kate Elliot's work, check out The Very Best of Kate Elliot. Enjoyable and Entertaining 3.5 Stars