The Desert and the Blade

The Desert and the Blade

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"Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess, two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade... Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451417350
0451417356
Branch Call Number: SF STIRLIN S
Characteristics: viii, 612 pages : map ; 24 cm

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ShamaBole
Feb 17, 2017

Found this long-winded and sort of blathery, like someone with dementia trying to tell a story. Just gave up. Not even remotely gripping.

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DeBillymon
Sep 29, 2015

Previous titles in the series were adventurous. This one had way to much dialog (half of the book), short on action, and repeated comparisons of the factions making up the High Kingdom. Could have been done in 100 pages vs. the 600+ to plod through.

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