To Ride Hell's Chasm and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading To Ride Hell's Chasm on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

To Ride Hell's Chasm [Hardcover]

Janny Wurts
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition --  
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  
Mass Market Paperback --  
Join Amazon Student in Canada

Book Description

Nov. 23 2004
An epic fantasy stand-alone novel from the Author of the stunning Wars of Light and Shadow series: When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue. Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king's beloved daughter. Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life-term as the Crown's right-hand man command the kingdom's deep-seated respect; and Mykkael, the rough-hewn newcomer who has won the post of Captain of the Garrison-a scarred veteran with a deadly record of field warfare, whose 'interesting' background and foreign breeding are held in contempt by court society. As the princess's trail vanishes outside the citadel's gates, anxiety and tension escalate. Mykkael's investigations lead him to a radical explanation for the mystery, but he finds himself under suspicion from the court factions. Will Commander Taskin's famous fair-mindedness be enough to unravel the truth behind the garrison captain's dramatic theory: that the resourceful, high-spirited princess was not taken by force, but fled the palace to escape a demonic evil?

Product Details

Product Description

From Booklist

In this splendid fantasy about two warriors, a princess, and a demonic plot, the last is against Princess Anja of Sessalie, whom Commander Taskin thinks has been kidnapped. Captain Mykkael thinks there is more to it than that, but because of his race and mercenary background, he isn't readily believed until civil war threatens to break out in Sessalie. Meanwhile, Princess Anja has fled far away, and Mykkael has to flee for his own life, overtake her, enlist help for her, and finally lead her to safety through the monster-haunted terrain of Hell's Chasm. Once a marriage is arranged into a family of potent sorcerers, Anja can see about saving her realm and family, while Mykkael takes vengeance on the demons who, many years ago, drove him from his homeland and love. Wurts is skillful as ever at world-building and pacing, and her background as an artist shows in the kind of intensely visual writing that makes one wish more fantasy were written by artists. Roland Green
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


'Astonishingly original and compelling! A gifted creator of wonder' RAYMOND E. FEIST 'It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent' STEPHEN DONALDSON

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
IN THE LONG shadow of the mountain spring twilight, under the glow of a thousand lanterns, Anja, Crown Princess of Sessalie, failed to appear at the banquet to celebrate her official betrothal. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story April 26 2004
The author is adept at creating incredible worlds of fantasy. She creates characters that are real and vivid. The plots are excellent, convoluted and compelling.
This book's hero is exactly like Prince Arithon in her other books, most recently Peril's Gate, and the Princess Anja of Sessalie is almost identical to Arithon's girlfriend,such that I found myself confusing the characters at times.
The following objective comments detail a few problems that I have with this book:
1. Unrealistic, overblown prose. All the characters dialog is in a backward type of stilted high style language. This is true of the hero, the princess, the pig farmer turned soldier, the king, courtiers, drunken trappers and shamans of desert tribes of other lands.
2. Metaphors such as this on p. 198 "smooth as butter left on a plate, the seneschal found himself cooling his heels on the carpet in the front hall". Say What?
3. The use of past tense verbs in front of adjectives or nouns that overstate and/or stall ongoing action, impact and meaning. Ex: p.510 "..He's still acting on Mykkael's left orders?" Is this vs right orders?
4. Through the entire book the term "desert-bred" is used on nearly every page to describe Mykkael.
5. The hero, like Prince Arithon is weepy, tormented, abused, hated and reviled.
6. The story's tone is negative in extremis. Speaking only for myself, it presents a bit of a trial to read. The ending was the only ray of light for the salvation of Mykkael.
What is excellent is the high magic of the shamans and the mystical elements that this author weaves throughout her stories. Overall the book is very engaging despite the excessively ornate, stilted prose. The beautifully spirited horses in the story were the champions. I felt them most
deeply of all.
Was this review helpful to you?
By A Customer
'To Ride Hell's Chasm' is a unique gem of a novel - Reading it is a vivid experience that challenges, entertains and enriches and I find it very hard to put the book down each time I read it.
Ms. Wurt's characterisation is phenomenal. She draws us into a deep relationship with each of her characters, and captures their spirit, will and intent in a beautiful, crisp, multi-layered prose comparable to Austen.
Her research and attention to detail gives her settings a believable, grounded reality. Her plots twist and turn without pause, driving her characters to make constant difficult, ethical choices that push the reader to constantly rethink assumptions.
Woven throughout the story is her unique vision of magic - no-one renders it into writing quite like Ms. Wurts does and with such depth, subtlety and spiritual richness- one could almost imagine it possible.
I heartily agree with the comment: "Wurts is a true Bard."
Get all her books! They are richly, vividly imaginative and captivating, and very intelligently written.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Fantasy! If only this has been a trilogy! March 23 2004
To ride Hell's Chasm is simply spellbinding. The plot is there and definitely the novelty, the magic and the excitement. The myriad characters of humans, sorcerers, demons and of course the horses and the world they live in are brilliantly conceived. My salute to Wurts for her vivid imagination. However for me, it is the protagonist, the warrior Mykkael who truly shines. I find myself engrossed with his purpose, his sorrows, his die-hard loyalty, his dignity, his courage and finally his emotional triumph.
My only regret is that this splendid fantasy has not been crafted into a trilogy. The references to Mykkael's past life definitely justify this approach. The first of the trilogy could have been about Mykkael's birth, youth, ostracism from his tribe, the second concerning his life as a mercenary tormented by the horror of fighting sorcery culminating to his loss and finally the third, the story "To ride Hell's Chasm" itself. However with the ending Wurts has weaved I guess I have to say goodbye to Mykkael. I will definitely miss this amazingly intriguing and enigmatic character and the world he lives in. Still the conclusion is satisfying as Mykkael finally gets his just rewards. Truly an amazing read.
Was this review helpful to you?
By Geoff
To refresh herself after the emotional toll of sending Arithon through Kewar Tunnel in Peril's Gate, Janny Wurts has written this stand alone story of honour, integrity and redemption as Mykkael, the coloured mercenary charged with securing and protecting the safety of the Anja, crown princess of Sessalie, through the physical and metaphorical trial of Hell's Chasm.
The story is deceptively simple - on the day the High Prince of Devall arrives in Sessalie to formalize his betrothal to Anja, Anja disappears and sorcery is suspected. Her intended fiance and her brother both want her found, the King of Sessalie orders Mykkael to find her and protect her. Has she been abducted or has she run? Mykkael is an outsider in both colour and origin and suspicion quickly falls on him, the populace of Sessalie easily led to this conclusion.
With sorcery afoot in Sessalie, Mykkael is forced to re-live his previous failure to protect a princess from sorcerous pursuit. With Sessalie turned against him, Mykkael must master both the real demons in Sessalie and the demons from his past. This book is as much a study of a principled character of robust integrity set under immense pressure as any "simple" chase story.
The world of Sessalie pulsates with the hallmarks of Janny Wurts' writing - self-serving nobility, the seething masses of the general populace, the populace easily swayed by rumour and innuendo and a fear of foreigners.
As a standalone novel, this is a good read and well worth following the trials of Mykkael to the emotional ending. As a tempter for the writing style of Wurts for those who have yet to read the massive Wars of Light and Shadow series, this is an essential starting point for the magic that is the writing of Janny Wurts
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A RIDE!!
To Ride Hell’s Chasm is a wonderful hybrid of mystery, intrigue, sword & sorcery, and flat out action/adventure. Read more
Published on April 8 2008 by Angus F. Bickerton
4.0 out of 5 stars Why did she rush the ending?
This is a quality book for the reasons given amply by other reviewers. However it lost a star from me for two reasons: the ending is rushed, and I got sick of how the main... Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by A. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
This book is a great starting point for anyone not familiar with Janny's writing style. Her attention to detail and ploting of the story are in my opinion second to none. Read more
Published on March 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars To Ride Hell's Chasm Review
To Ride Hell's Chasm is a wonderful book a real page turner and an up all night read. I read the book so fast and I normally take awhile to read a book this thick. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by cheryl detmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to keep and reread
When I opened To Ride Hell's Chasm, I was enthralled with characters that deepened with every page, unexpected emotion, and a wonderfully detailed plot. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Leonie Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars action/adventure/fantasy
This book is a great read from beginning to end. The characters are people you like and admire. The magic is fun but the action and adventure really take the lead. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by max
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fantasy with fully rounded characters
I would heartily recommend this book to both die hard fantasy fans and those who have never picked up Lord Of The Rings. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by doctor h l c parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately a quest
I had high hopes for this novel. Hopes that it would leave off the epic fantasy/quest trail and break new ground in the genre. But, alas, it was not to be. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by V.A. Raj
5.0 out of 5 stars Protecting the Princess
To Ride Hell's Chasm is a singleton fantasy novel. The Kingdom of Sessalie is a quiet highland realm that longs for an outlet to the sea. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by Arthur W. Jordin
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category