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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Action Pack Sequel June 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. There were alot of surprises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top of my list April 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rules of Ascension set the stage with great worldbuilding, unforeseeable plot twists, and characters I came to care deeply for, but I had no idea how much more the author had up his sleeve. This book delivered everything I expected after reading the first, and also went far beyond it. I read a lot of fantasy, and this series is now right at the top of the list I recommend to friends. You know from the very start that you're in the hands of a master storyteller--and an insightful historian with a keen emotional intuition and a flair for the magical and exotic. I'm dying to find out what happens next, and I also feel that I got a totally satisfying read in one volume. Dive right in here, or start with Rules--either way, you'll be completely hooked.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Book About Meetings March 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
The first book of this series was a bit slow but the introduction of the world and characters carried me through to the end. This, the second in the series, is torture. There is almost no action. There are vast scenes dedicated to characters going to meetings. Meeting after meeting take up hundreds of pages. People talk and talk and talk and nothing happens but talk. This is the "My Dinner With Andre" of fantasy novels.
By the time the book was coming to a close I started to fantasize that one of the characters would just start shouting "shut up already and lets actually DO SOMETHING!"
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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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