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Sword Of The Land [Mass Market Paperback]

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Feb. 25 2003
An epic romantic fantasy debut.

Rilsin was fated to rule the land of Saeditin-until a bloody coup killed her family around her, and she was drafted into service to the new queen, her own cousin. Now, Rilsin must choose between a long-awaited peace-and a betrayal that could ruin the very kingdom she pledged to protect...

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In a daring coup, the house of Melisin attacks the Saeditin throne, killing all but one of the ruling house of Becha. Eight-year-old Rilsin witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, the queen or SaeKet, and then is imprisoned. The new SaeKet's daughter, Rilsin's cousin, Sithli, secretly visits her daily, and after she prevents Rilsin's execution, bonds with her in an odd alliance. Weary of the bloodshed in her land, rightful heir Rilsin pledges her allegiance and a lifelong commitment to keeping the peace to Sithli, who takes the throne at age 17. She is an erratic, cold, often unstable SaeKet, however, primarily concerned with fashion and full coffers, for which the people are overtaxed, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the ruthless Runchot nation. Finally, Rilsin understands she must betray her pledge to save her people. With the commoners rallying behind her, she moves to recover the throne, perhaps too late, for Sithli, near madness, holds Rilsin's baby daughter--the future of Saeditin--hostage. An engaging story with a wonderfully strong female protagonist. Paula Luedtke
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining fantasy Feb. 29 2004
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In the land of the Saeditin, power and wealth are held through the matriarchal line with the head of the kingdom, the Saeket, always a woman. At eight years of age the heir to the throne, Rilsin Sae Becha sees her mother killed in a civil war that put a Saeket Melisin on the throne. The order went out that the disposed Sae Becha was to be put to death but she was murdered by an assassin before that order could be carried out.
The new Saeket, Rilsin's cousin Sithli commutes the death sentence of the child and they grow up in the palace together as best friends. Rilsin pledges her loyalty to Sithli and becomes the first minister and leader of the army. Sithli is not a very good leader, alienating the commoners and allowing her people to be sold as slaves to the south. The land calls to Rilsin but if she answers that summons, she will plunge the country into another civil war and stands to lose all she holds dear.
THE SWORD OF THE LAND is a very entertaining fantasy featuring a heroine it is impossible to dislike. She is loyal to her cousin who she truly loves and tries to turn a blind eye to her excesses but she can't ignore the complaints of the people or her ties to the land. Court intrigue and battle scenes are only a small part of this novel as the author focuses her attention on the protagonist tugged in opposite directions by opposing forces demanding she choose between the moral high ground or her cousin's desires.
Harriet Klausner
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Noel Anne Brennan has successfully turned me into a lover of fantasy. Assuming all fantasy writers are as clever in plotting and writing as this author! But this book is not just for fantasy readers. With the clever plot line, the ingenuous use of mythology, paganism and medieval nuances - she puts a new twist into writing that I have not yet experienced. The author not only uses recognisable rites of these times, but she makes them her own, to fit the universe of the Saeditin, along with clever "inventions" of her own the author kept me reading without pause till the end. Suspense, a touch of romance without being too obvious, and the hints of history abound - making this a must read for lovers of any genre! A brilliantly designed book! I am looking forward to her new book to be release in April 2004 (June here in Europe) titled THE BLOOD OF THE LAND. And to reading more by this up and coming author who is bound to be a bestseller should she keep putting out books as well written as this one! I must congratulate Berkley Publishing Group for snatching up this author! We demand more from her!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining fantasy March 3 2003
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In the land of the Saeditin, power and wealth are held through the matriarchal line with the head of the kingdom, the Saeket, always a woman. At eight years of age the heir to the throne, Rilsin Sae Becha sees her mother killed in a civil war that put a Saeket Melisin on the throne. The order went out that the disposed Sae Becha was to be put to death but she was murdered by an assassin before that order could be carried out.
The new Saeket, Rilsin's cousin Sithli commutes the death sentence of the child and they grow up in the palace together as best friends. Rilsin pledges her loyalty to Sithli and becomes the first minister and leader of the army. Sithli is not a very good leader, alienating the commoners and allowing her people to be sold as slaves to the south. The land calls to Rilsin but if she answers that summons, she will plunge the country into another civil war and stands to lose all she holds dear.
THE SWORD OF THE LAND is a very entertaining fantasy featuring a heroine it is impossible to dislike. She is loyal to her cousin who she truly loves and tries to turn a blind eye to her excesses but she can't ignore the complaints of the people or her ties to the land. Court intrigue and battle scenes are only a small part of this novel as the author focuses her attention on the protagonist tugged in opposite directions by opposing forces demanding she choose between the moral high ground or her cousin's desires.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sword but no sorcery Feb. 25 2003
By Ashareh
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Rilsin, the last remaining heir to the Saeditin throne, swears fealty to her cousin Sithli after her cousin's family seizes power in a bloody coup. The two girls grow up together, and Sithli becomes SaeKet(queen) while Rilsin becomes her first minister and commander of Saeditin's northern armies. Rilsin watches helplessly as her cousin misrules the country, bringing Saeditin to the brink of war within her borders and without. The burden of responsibility falls upon Rilsin when she is forced to make the choice between risking everything she loves in a rebellion against her cousin or keeping her vow to remain loyal. This book has politics, a love triangle, battles, sword fights, a wicked queen, a heroic hunting cat, and even an explosion or two. I wish that the relationship between Sola, an inventor and Rilsin's childhood friend, and Rilsin were developed more, but I recommend this book as a quick and entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sword and no sorcery March 1 2003
By Ashareh
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Rilsin, the last remaining heir to the Saeditin throne, swears fealty to her cousin Sithli after her cousin's family seizes power in a bloody coup. The two girls grow up together, and Sithli becomes SaeKet(queen) while Rilsin becomes her first minister and commander of Saeditin's northern armies. Rilsin watches helplessly as her cousin misrules the country, bringing Saeditin to the brink of war within her borders and without. The burden of responsibility falls upon Rilsin when she is forced to make the choice between risking everything she loves in a rebellion against her cousin or keeping her vow to remain loyal. This book has politics, a love triangle, battles, sword fights, a wicked queen, a heroic hunting cat, and even an explosion or two. I wish that the relationship between Sola, an inventor and Rilsin's childhood friend, and Rilsin were developed more, but I recommend this book as a quick and entertaining read.
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