Tower of the King's Daughter (Outremer, #1)
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Tower of the King's Daughter (Outremer #1)

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The Kingdom of Outremer was born of blood and pain and passion; forty years on, enemies still threaten its borders and heresy still threatens its peace.

The Society of Ransom is the Kingdom's conscience, and its sword-arm too. In the Ransomer's remote border stronghold of Roq de Rancon, its walls echoing with ancient magic and forgotten secrets, a tale of love, duty and bet...more
600 pages
Published 2003 by ACE (first published 1998)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Outremer (French for the land the Crusaders conquered, in my own words), has only been held for 30 years, taken from the Sharai tribes in the east and the Ekkhed in the south, it is a new Kingdom ruled by a man who hasn't been seen since the capital of Ascariel was won.

Julianne de Rance is the daughter of the King's Shadow, the king's representative throughout Outremer. Sent to marry a duke's heir, she encounters Elisande, a girl with many secrets, and a djinni who tells her to "go where she is...more
I didn't really enjoy this book. I definitely wanted to, but after about 5 pages in I knew I wasn't going to like it much. The author uses this technique I have seen before where he just sort of starts writing as if you know his fantasy land and everything going on in it. I was incredibly confused, and after about 5 pages of that, I started to get annoyed. How was I supposed to understand and like a book if I had no idea what was going on in it?? But I kept plugging along, thinking it had the po...more
Though only half a book - the trilogy released originally in the UK was split in 6 small volumes for the US market - I enjoyed this one more than I expected and I immediately started on the second half.

More of a setup though it has some action too, it follows a Crusades like setting, with Outremer, the Ransomer brotherhood, desert and so on, but it has some interesting new elements like the Djinns, the magic Eye_of_the_King, the hidden principality of Surayon...

Marron is a farmer/soldier from...more
Jules Jones
Chaz Brenchley's Outremer series is an alternate-Crusades story set in a world where magic is real. As the story opens, the land of Outremer is a place where recent settlers have successfully imposed their religion and way of life upon those who were there before. But Outremer faces challenges from both without and within, and a military religious order grows ever more fanatical in its attempts to enforce the religious law.[return][return]The main characters in the novel show the diversity of op...more
Jules Jones
Chaz Brenchley's Outremer series creates a richly imagined world populated by people who feel real. The pace is slow and unhurried, but it's always clear that the story is going somewhere, and worth following. It's solidly based in the real history of the Crusader kingdoms, but places them in a universe where the magic of that time and place is real, making for a compelling and different take on the fantasy genre.[return][return]This book opens where the previous volume left off, with the young...more
Marron, a young man comes with Aldo his childhood friend to Outremer to be a brother in a Templar-like order to defend the land against the assaults of the sharai. The rigid hierarchy, strict regulations and the atrocities he has to commit on his way to Roq de Rancon, the castle of the order as well as his own guilty consciousness makes him soon question his service. His faith and obedience are put hard to the test every day. Marron too is torn between his duties as a brother and squire to the k...more
This starts off quite slowly but it builds into a very interesting story of a group of people in a world something like ours where magic is a reality and is set in something that resembles the Middle East during a period not unlike the crusades.

Marron is a young man who is trying to come to terms with the terrible things he has done in the name of his religion and trying to find a way to make a role for himself in the brotherhood, the Society of Ransom. As a lowly soldier he has done things he...more
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but it captured my interest and I ended up racing though it.

The books alternates between the POV's of two characters, Brother Marron and Lady Julianne. There is occasionally a third POV, a Sharai fighter, who we get introduced to about a third of the way in. I admit I found this one a bit irrelevant.

While there isn't really a lot of action in most of the book, it's still fast-paced as Marron goes through an emotional journey rather than a physical one.

WOW. This book is so crusades. JFC. It was definitely a good but stressful read. I liked all the characters and the magic is cool. I'm still not sure if I even know what's really going on; what's really the point of the book. But it's interesting none the less. I'm also really confused about the main characters and their significance and it's quite strange that we've only had a semi glimpse of it after 600 pages.

I don't regret reading it though. I suppose my feelings about the overall story wil...more
I am not sure how to describe this book. It is quite different from other fantasies that I have read. I would consider this a dark fantasy and as the synopsis says it verges on horror.

There are some disturbing scenes in this book that nearly caused me to set it aside. These haunt you just as they do the protagonist. Some are just casually mentioned in conversation, so this is a harsh, violent world.

This first book is mostly world building and character development. The world is one where evil pe...more
It makes sense to me now. Tower of the King's Daughter and The Devil In The Dust were originally published as one volume. For some reason, the original three volumes were split in the USA into 6 books in 2003 when the mass market paperbacks were published.

Tower picks up the moment after Devil ends and now it makes sense that Devil is more world-building and character development. Much of the action happens in Tower. There are interesting twists in this second book and some redeeming aspects of t...more
Second half of Outremer 1 - released as one book under this title in the UK, it was split in two in the US with Dust Devil first half.

As good as the first half and very entertaining in continuing the adventures of Marron, sir Anton, Lady Julianne, Elisande and the rest.
Love it so far. Set in a fantasy world with overlapping vivid characters. The writing is phenomenal. If you like SF/Fantasy you will lovie it. Written by Daniel Fox, Dragon in Chains author. Not sure if either is his real name.:)
It took me a while to finish this, despite it's shortness. The prose is beautiful and lyrical, but sometimes soporific. Once I got to the middle, though, the pace picked up, and I'm eagerly starting book 2 now.
A bit grim but fairly well written. =)
Samantha Balmes
Interesting tale which brings in hints of modern controversy to the fantasy world.
George Riggs
ok, tired of Fantasy at this time.
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Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul. A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published three books for children and more than 500 sho...more
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