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The Uncrowned King (Sun Sword Series #2)

The Uncrowned King (Sun Sword Series #2)

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by Michelle West

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The second novel of the acclaimed Sun Sword series returns to a war-torn world of noble houses divided and demon lords unleashed...

The King’s Challenge—it was a proving ground for warriors in the Essalieyan Empire, the hallowed contest that made legends of men. And for Valedan, last survivor of the ruling family of the Dominion, it was a


The second novel of the acclaimed Sun Sword series returns to a war-torn world of noble houses divided and demon lords unleashed...

The King’s Challenge—it was a proving ground for warriors in the Essalieyan Empire, the hallowed contest that made legends of men. And for Valedan, last survivor of the ruling family of the Dominion, it was a declaration of his right to claim the throne stolen from the Leonne clan by treachery and assassination.

Failure to earn the title of King’s Champion would not deprive Valedan of either his Dominion or Essalieyan allies, but winning would announce to the world that he was no callow boy, no mere pawn in the games of power. And the games of power were indeed being played—not only in the Empire and Dominion, but in the far more dangerous realm of the Lord of Night.

As the time of the Challenge neared, Valedan and all those who guarded him would be hard-pressed to survive long enough for him to enter the competition. For the demon kin had been set to hunt him down and destroy him. They had failed before though many innocents had paid for the price. They must not fail again, for slaying Valedan was but the opening gambit in a war that would free the Lord of Night to reign over all the mortal world....

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Praise for the Sun Sword series:

“The seer Jewel ATerafin is an engaging character.... The climactic fireworks are spectacular, and the revelations enticing.” —Locus

“Michelle provides 687 pages of non-stop excitement, creating spellbinding reading.... Fantasy connoisseurs will have a field day with this mesmerizing work.” —Romantic Times

“West’s writing is highly embroidered and romantic.... This series is for fantasy readers who relish enormous detail.” —VOYA

“This is a complex weaving of tales and plotting that holds your interest. Set some time aside for this one.” —ConNotations
“The Sun Sword is the resolution, the climax, the braiding together of elements that finally brings everything to rest. West pulls it off beautifully.” —Rambles Magazine

“Fantasy action on a grand scale.” —Chronicle

VOYA - Rayna Pa
Treachery has destroyed the Clan Leonne and its Tyr'agar, hereditary ruler of the Dominion. Only one seemingly insignificant male member is briefly overlooked: Valedan, son of a concubine hostage in the neighboring Empire. Unfortunately for the usurpers, in the Dominion there is a magic Sword with a stubborn and persistent loyalty to the legitimate Tyr'agar. The newly-installed ruler of the Dominion strives to kill Valedan in order to strengthen his own position. Meanwhile, the God-Born kings of the Empire, realizing that they hold a potentially valuable ally, pledge to protect and support Valedan; the Demon Lords of the Shining Court, for their own purposes, support the Dominion. As the annual King's Challenge is about to begin, Valedan enters the contest to prove he is no longer an unseasoned boy, but worthy to rule the Clans and the Dominion. The threats against Valedan and those charged to protect him escalate, and it seems unlikely that he will live long enough to finish the tests of martial arts. Ultimately he excels, but voluntarily forfeits his chance at the winner's title in order to help a fallen enemy.

This book is a sequel to The Broken Crown (DAW, 1997/VOYA August 1997), which first introduced the feudal world of the Western Kingdoms. Readers who have not read the first volume, as well as some who have, are going to find it fairly baffling. It includes an enormous cast of characters and far more words than seem necessary. Neither of the Kingdoms seems particularly admirable, and with few exceptions, neither do the characters. Perhaps a synopsis of the first book might have helped sort things out? In short, consider this only where there is a cadre of readers dedicated to very long fantasy stories.

VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P S A/YA (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults). t

Library Journal
To prove his claim to a throne stolen from his family, Valedan kai di'Leonne seeks to win the contest known as the King's Challenge. As forces of magic and politics array themselves against Valedan, he finds unexpected allies in unlikely places. This sequel to The Broken Crown (NAL, 1997) delivers a lushly complex tale of dynastic intrigue and martial prowess that should appeal to fans of panoramic fantasy.

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Publication date:
Sun Sword Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.83(h) x 1.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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 and fantasy 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 be contacted via her website, michellesagara.com or on Twitter at @msagara.

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The Uncrowned King (Sun Sword Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very enjoyable to read and very descriptive if not a little to descriptive at times. There were some frustrating moments where the descriptions would get away, I thought, from the story and they would be very long, such as the description of the past of a character, and was often repeated throughout the book and all you wanted it to do was go on with the story. Sometimes, although not often, these lenghthy descriptions would be done in the middle of some action going on in the book which could be even more frustrating. There were also times that you would read a sentence a few times over not understanding what it had to do with anything or even what it was saying but then, moving past it, you would understand it later. All in all I thought that despite this it was a great book with interesting characters that you could feel for and even identify with. A book for those who like lenghthy explanations and long novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Michelle West/Sagara, and the second installation of the Sun Sword series does not disappoint. I would rate the book FIVE stars. However, i can only give the Nook book version of this novel THREE stars because of the terrible formatting. I was lucky enough to have read the paperback version of the text before buying the nook version. However, those who are not already familiar with the novel will struggle with the nook text because the original formatting was not preserved properly. West writes chapters that each contain numerous narratives: they may be written by different characters or may have occured after a jump in the timeline. In the paperback version, these narratives are broken up by a double paragraph break (basically just extra space between the paragraphs) that signals to the reader that there is a change in narrative. But the nook version did not preserve any of those extra paragraph breaks so the narratives are indistinguishable from each other, making the text very confusing and difficult to read because you dont know when the perspective and context has suddenly changed. Penguin publishing did this novel and author a great disservice by being careless with formatting of the nook version.
hela More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt the most deeply developed characters in fantasy. Thank you, I truly appreciate this work of art. While you could read this book on its own it's better to start from the very beginning and enjoy every moment of this incredible series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really irritates me when a book in a series is not available for nook. This book is not a\vailable, however 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are available. I don't think I will be reading anymore of this series.