The Desert and the Blade

The Desert and the Blade

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"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. As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780451417350
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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