THE RIVEN KINGDOM
This stunning follow-up, second in
the Godspeaker trilogy, will please fans who were uncomfortable with
the brutal landscape and merciless heroine in Empress. Book two moves the action to a peace-loving kingdom and introduces a cast of likable characters and a strong, sympathetic heroine, while still offering brief glimpses of Hekat as she continues her barbaric path of conquest. Waiting for these
two worlds to collide will have you
on the edge of your seat and ready
for book three.
Ethrea has been a peaceful island for 400 years. Now the king is dead and only Princess Rhian survives him. But the church will never allow a woman to rule, so Rhian runs off rather than be forced into marriage. With the help of a small band of champions she returns to take her place as queen. But even if she secures the throne, Ethrea faces great danger from conquering enemies, and Rhian's only hope may be Zandakar, an exile from Mijak.
(ORBIT, Sep., 768 pp., $7.99)