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Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha's exquisite swordplay astonishes all who see it. But she is young, untested in battle, and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Lenin is a land divided by its beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling class, and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai value swordplay and honor, and have come to see Sasha as the great spirit who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully.
Soon she will face her moment of testing. Is she ready to lead? Can she be the savior the Goeren-yai want her to be?
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By Jean Alexander on 12-28-16
Engaging, well written, and wonderfully performed.
What did you love best about Sasha?
It is enjoyable to see Sasha's makeup and growing personality unfold as she takes on her leadership role.
What did you like best about this story?
The descriptions of scenes and action are colorful and detailed enough to make the events exciting and vivid.
High marks for actual swordplay moves and technique. Believable explanation of how skill and speed are able to defeat brute force in combat.
Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?
Kate Reading nailed too many characters to pick a favorite. How anyone could read the part of everything from outraged, blustering warrior king, to fearful children so convincingly is truly amazing.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wanted this story to last longer than one sitting.
Any additional comments?
As an equestrian I appreciated the detail, attention, and credit given to the horses of the story. Their character, handling, care and limitations were realistic, which added a lot when so much of the story involved riding.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Michael McKee on 12-14-16
Decent dialog, good fight scenes
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story is mostly told through dialog and it drags. There are some good action scenes and the dialog is actually pretty good, but the normal doing of things that makes up a story is kinda missing.
Which scene was your favorite?
The end. The book could have been shortened by an appreciable amount.
Did Sasha inspire you to do anything?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful