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Seeds of Betrayal: Book 2 of the Winds of the Forelands Tetralogy [Hardcover]

David B. Coe
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May 1 2003 Winds of the Forelands Tetralogy (Book 2)
The Forelands have enjoyed relative peace in the nine hundred years since the Qirsi Wars, until the stability of the seven kingdoms is shaken by the brutal murder of Lady Brienne of Kentigern, newly betrothed to Lord Tavis of Curgh. Tavis, who is blamed for the crime, has escaped the dungeons of Kentigern and searches the Forelands for his love's killer. But already the Qirsi conspirators who murdered Brienne have taken their campaign of violence and deception to Aneira, Eibithar's hated neighbor, plunging that kingdom into turmoil. Now Tavis's search for redemption takes him into the stronghold of his realm's most bitter enemy.

For the first time in nine centuries, war threatens to engulf all the Forelands. And there are whispers of a new Qirsi threat. A Weaver, they say, is behind the deaths, the betrayals. Nobles who have depended on Qirsi ministers suddenly fear those they have trusted.

If the renegade Qirsi are indeed led by a Weaver, can this powerful sorcerer be found before he conquers the Forelands? And who wields magic potent enough to stop him?


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Turmoil and deception propel Coe's second entry in his Winds of the Forelands tetralogy, maintaining the momentum of its predecessor, Rules of Ascension (2002). In the feudal world of the Forelands, Qirsi ministers directed by the Weaver use assassination to foment distrust and chaos among the ruling houses of the various kingdoms. A few nobles, aided by Qirsi mages still loyal to their masters, try to stop what they call the "Conspiracy" to make the subservient Qirsi the rulers of the Forelands. The author deftly manages a multistrand plot full of political intrigue that never flags despite the wealth of engrossing detail. A large cast of characters both old and new enliven the sword and sorcery. Readers who go for good clean fantasy fun will eagerly await the next installment. FYI: In 1999, Coe won the William C. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy or Fantasy Series for his LonTobyn trilogy.
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In the second Winds of the Forelands novel, disorder increases in the Forelands, and it is more than a matter of petty squabbles. Conspirators among the Qirsi, whose sorcerous gifts just fuel the distaste and fear with which they are viewed, have murdered several potentates. The Qirsi, a people of distinctive appearance, are by no means united against humans, however, and several Qirsi hold important posts in the realm of the Forelands. But each day, murder, distrust, and fear bring the kingdom closer to civil war, and bind the hands of those who want to prevent it. Both action and the cast loom large; the members of the latter are well drawn; and Forelands politics are as complex as any tracked by the daily media, which slows the pace despite Coe's real narrative gifts. This book maintains the intelligence and complexity of Rules of Ascension [BKL My 1 02], and since many of the conflicts in it had their roots in Rules, readers who haven't read that book should consider backtracking. Roland Green
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book!!! Oct. 15 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Okay, to be honest, this book got off to a slow start, I wanted to hear about Tavis and Grinsa immediately, and I had to wait a few chapters. I also could have done without the Evanthya/Fetnalla bit, but that's just because I felt that it didn't add much to the story. However, Dusaan is an AMAZING character, well worth the wait it takes to introduce him. Keziah emerges here as her own well-developed character, not just a counterpart to Grinsa, and I liked her much better here than in RoA. Once again, David B. Coe has written a story that details the plots of several lands, creating characters that have their own personal agendas. The writing comes naturally, as if these people are going on with their lives, and Coe is simply chronicling it, rather than masterminding the entire story. I was NOT let down. I still wanted to know more about Tavis though. He's easily my favorite character, but he didn't get enough "air time" here. Still, I love this book. Coe truly shines in his storytelling!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book...Keep 'Em Coming David Aug. 27 2003
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved the Rules of Ascension. I couldn't put it down, and read it in three days. I raced out and bought this book to continue my journey through the Forelands. Boy am I glad I did. This book picks up pretty much where ROA left off. The pacing and characterizations were excellent as well. Political intrigue, swords, socerey, magic, romance, fighting, poisoning...what else could you possibly ask for. I'm frankly surprised more people haven't discovered this author or series. Very fine work, and great mindless fantasy. My only complaint about this book (and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) was that there was not nearly enough interplay with the 2 main characters, Tavis and Grinsa, as I would have expected. I realize Coe's setting up the next book, and introducing Aneiria to the audience to show the evil Weaver spinning his magic down south of Ebithar, but I would have liked more focus on Tavis and Grinsa. Oh well, I'll just have to wait until the next book, Bonds of Vengence, which hopefully will be out soon. I can hardly wait to see what happens. PIck this book up, as well as ROA if you haven't already read it---i guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars straightforward fantasy May 16 2003
Format:Hardcover
For nine centuries since the devastation of the Qirsi Wars, the Forelands have lived in peace. However, the murder of Lady Brienne of Kentigern allegedly by her lover Lord Tavis of Curgh has stirred up emotion especially when the prime suspect escapes his incarceration. While Tavis flees for his life, the Qirsi assassins who killed Brienne cause more havoc in the Forelands as their rumored leader the Weaver seeks domination through belligerence.
Meanwhile some Qirsi mages remain loyal to the current ministers they have served as advisors for years. Although their non-sorcerer leaders now fear and distrust them, this group attempts to stop the "Conspiracy" of their peers that if successful would turn the subservient class both sides belong to into the rulers of the Forelands. While civil war brews amidst the mages, Tavis plans revenge as his way of redemption, but fighting powerful enemy magicians seem doomed from the start.
The second book in "The Winds of the Forelands Tetralogy" is a straightforward fantasy that never loses its direction even while numerous subplots abound. The story line is as action packed as a sword and sorcery tale becomes without ignoring the cast. Tavis is a wonderful character struggling to control his ire boiled further by frustration to find any solid way to enact on his obsession to avenge and consequently redeem himself. Both sides of the Qirsi mages make sorcery seem so real so that fantasy fans will want to join this journey, but for greater delectation readers should try book one first though David B. Coe's insure that the SEEDS OF BETRAYAL can stand on its own.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read! May 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
Once again, Coe has crafted a wonderful, totally engrossing book, which seamlessly follows the first in its series. I was absolutely chomping at the bit to read this book, and I stayed up late several nights because I was so anxious to see what happened next! I had very high expectations, but I was not disappointed. Coe continues his thorough character development and keeps making his readers bite their nails in suspense. The book has plenty of action to keep the story moving, but not so much that you feel that the action dominates the story. It is also refreshing to see that there are still authors who take as much care in describing the characters' world as well as they describe the main players. If you did not read the first book, it doesn't matter, as Seeds stands alone. The one negative thing I could say is that I finished reading it so soon that I will have to wait a whole year for the third installment of the story. Go on, dive in...before you know it, you will be mesmerized, the book will be over, and you will be begging for more.
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