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Publisher's Summary

Winner 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards for Fantasy! Bronze Medal for General Fantasy in the 2015 Reader's Favorite Awards! Finalist 2015 International Book Awards for Fantasy! Finalist 2015 Indie Excellence Book Awards for Fantasy!
Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.
Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend. His caravan is destroyed by the monstrous Chimeras; twisted servants of their fearful goddess, Suwraith. While Rukh survives the attack, events force him along an uncertain path. Morality becomes a morass - especially when he encounters a mysterious warrior, Jessira Grey, a woman whose existence ought to be impossible. The holy texts warn against her kind: ghrinas, children of two Castes, abominations. They are to be executed whenever discovered, but for the first time in his life, Rukh defies duty. Jessira may be the key to his city's survival.
Meanwhile, a secret society seeks Ashoka's demise; foul murders cloak a deadlier purpose; and behind it all looms Suwraith. But it is the Baels, the leaders of Her Chimeras, who may hide the greatest deception of all.
Book 2, A Warrior's Knowledge, is also available.
©2013 Davis Ashura (P)2015 Davis Ashura
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"The characters, dialogue and action are mature enough to satisfy readers at the older end of the YA range, and the author weaves them all into an attention-sustaining tale...the milieu is markedly original...first rate world-building". ( Kirkus Reviews)
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By Cory on 10-06-15

pleasantly surprised

I was surprised at how amazing this book was. I was hooked from chapter one. The action was fantasic without over doing it, there were hints of romance which left you smiling and the intrigue left you wanting more. Overall a great read I highly recommend it.

on a side note; the narration was fantastic.

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By Lawrence on 09-18-15

Great book and promising start to a new series.

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A very engaging story with excellent character development. The author created an excellent blend of mystery, magic and action that kept me interested throughout the book. Nick Podehl is a master craftsman in the art of narration. I can't wait until the next book is available but I guess I will have to be patient.

"This audiobook was purchased by me, myself, and I at the cost of 1 audible credit so you can most certainly be assured that this review is completely unbiased."

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By El.0221 on 09-11-17

Left me wanting more

A slow start which was a little confusing but once I untangled the characters I couldn't stop listening.

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By philip stonehouse on 04-11-17

Great book

Was not sure if I was going to enjoy this book but once it got started great listening

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By phillip on 01-12-17

I recommend this book.

Very good book. The pacing was good. the world is interesting, magic system good characters who grow and have depth. Complicated political structure. Nick Poehle did a fantastic job of narrating.

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By mitchell on 01-07-17

started off well with the main character

good fights to start then spent 2+ hours with an uninteresting side character. managed to get through a chapter and a half of bree but the boredom was too much after the awesome fight scene.

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