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Publisher's Summary

The Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft, so he can spy on the nearby Lumanen Convent, where the Daughters of the Pale Mother reside. He quickly learns that Coralinda Gisseltess, the leader of the Daughters, is indeed persecuting mystics and the people who shelter them. Even more quickly, he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent novices. But the courtship is perilous in the extreme. Not only does Coralinda hate the king and the king's Riders, but Ellynor is from the Lirrenlands, where women are not allowed to take lovers outside of the close-knit clans. If her brothers find out about Justin, they will insist upon a duel to the death...and if Coralinda finds out that Ellynor is a mystic, Ellynor's own life will be instantly at risk.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.
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Critic Reviews

"Shinn....paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By shirley on 03-05-09

Disappointing change in narrator.

Cammon now has a cockney accent and Donnal has 'a bit o' the Irish brogue in him'.

It's unfortunate when narrators are changed mid-series. I understand why the change is made in this series so far. The first 2 books are primarily from the point of view of a woman (the 2nd especially). This book, although it doesn't always come from Justin's viewpoint, it is apparent that he's the main character.

I'm new to the audiobook world. I find that I can read a book about 3 times as fast as I can listen to it. Many times that is because I skip tedious parts, like expositions on how the fire burned through one's veins and there was an explosion that changed the world in that one kiss. The first time a couple kisses, ok - but every time? I also find detailed descriptions of sword fighting tedious, but so far there's none of that in this series.

I'm 'reading' volume 3 now and will buy the next two volumes because I am interested in the characters and where the series will ultimately go. I have found that the books don't really reach a huge crescendo and a resolution. Instead, there are minor ones. You might learn some valuable bit of information and the culmination is a report to the King. Each book so far has been a bit formulaic in that there's always two people who are madly in love and for whatever reason, can't be together. After hours of listening to them torture themselves, they will finally resolve the issue - though not always as the reader would like (which is refreshing).

All in all, it's a good series. Well defined characters, strong plot line, danger, intrigue, magic, sword fighting - all the usual things that make a good fantasy series. I wish that in series like these, the author would clearly define to the narrator(s) how the characters sound. If I had heard Cammon with a cockney accent from the beginning, I wouldn't be having difficulty with him now.

In the end, I recommend this series because of it's strong points!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By mkc on 12-07-08

Wonderful Book; Not So Great Narrator

If you love the voice of the Geico gecko, you should not be disappointed with this reading. Every time Cammon has a line you think of the sweet little green guy. However, I don't find any redeeming value in the female voices. The book is my second favorite of the series, but this narrator just does not do it justice. Expect more of the same in Reader and Raelynx, but I bought it too just because I love all of Sharon Shinn's books.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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