Blood's Pride

Blood's Pride

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Evie Manieri's Blood's Pride is the first book of The Shattered Kingdoms, an engaging, action-packed, and "highly imaginative" ( Kirkus Reviews ) series of fantasy novels with epic scope and "the perfect mix of romance, family ties, betrayals, and agonizing dilemmas" ( RT Book Reviews ).

Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising--but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

Set in a fictional quasi-Medieval Mediterranean region with a strong cast of male and female characters, the series "presents a striking world with civilizations similar to those of the Vikings and the nomadic cultures of the Middle East, and with the Mediterranean sensibilities of the ancient Greeks. Her characters are passionate and memorable, lending a personal touch to a complex tale of clashing cultures and philosophies. Fans of Sharon Shinn, Elspeth Cooper, and Gail Z. Martin should enjoy Manieri's approach to culture and drama." ( Library Journal , starred review)

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780765332349
0765332345
Branch Call Number: FANTASY Manieri 2013
Characteristics: ix, 516 p. ; 25 cm

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farbrite
Nov 01, 2015

The reader is dropped into this story at a critical point, which unfolds over a few days culminating in a messy revolution. It's told from several points of view, and it takes some effort to become acquainted with a dozen characters from different races who have a variety of powers. But it's well worth the effort if you like propulsive plots, forbidden love and vivid fantasy worlds.

The Norlanders conquered the Shadari 30 years ago, in order to mine a precious black ore. But the Norlanders can be killed by the hot desert sun of the Shadar, so they live in the dimness of a former temple, served by Shadari slaves like Daryon, who conceals the fact that he is heir to the rule of the Shadar. His master, Norlander Eofar, son of the governor, mourns his lost (and secret) Shadari wife. The governor is near death, and his oldest daughter is poised to take over. Below the temple, rebellion brews.

In the second volume of this trilogy several characters travel to Norland, to arrive at a key moment in their history. GOOD NEWS! The third volume, in which our characters return to the Shadar to battle the worst threat yet to the Shadari, is due to be published in February, 2019. (It has already been published in the UK and I have a copy!) Take the time now to read the first two volumes--it won't be a long wait for the third!

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adaru
Oct 02, 2015

Look at this cover. LOOK AT IT. How awesome does she look? The artwork alone made me buy this new on the spot for like $30. I was really disappointed when the story was just 'meh.' Might give it another try eventually. There's a sequel so maybe that one will deliver...

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