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The Uncrowned King (The Sun Sword #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  1,730 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
The uneasy peace within the Dominion's borders was shattered when treacherous forces seized the crown by slaughtering all members of the ruling Clan Leonne. Now, in a neighboring empire, the sole surviving heir to the throne, a young man never destined to rule, must prove his worthiness to claim the crown, even as his family's murderers and their sinister demonic allies pl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 687 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by DAW Fantasy
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Estara
Jan 16, 2011 Estara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2011
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Mark
Jan 20, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is more a general overview to the whole series rather than specifically directed at this book. But it's an AWESOME book so you definitely buy it!

The Sun Sword books tell a complex and detailed story spanning the breadth of the Domain of Annagar in the south, a land of desert and tradition, harsh sun and rigid social courtesies that form a deadly dance of protocol in which the slightest misstep can cause the downfall of a Clan and the Empire of Essalieyan to the North, a sprawling land of cu
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Preston
Jul 07, 2013 Preston rated it it was ok
Not terribly impressed with the second novel in this series. Unfortunately there are multiple reasons why I am not enjoying this series very much so far. First, the author's style of writing is pretty annoying to read. She uses lots of broken up sentences to emphasize points. Like. Writing. Like. This. To. Make. A. Point. Secondly, even after reading the first book (approx 600 pages) and the second book (approx 600 pages) I still don't have much of a clue how the geo-political and cultures work ...more
Laurla2
Aug 16, 2014 Laurla2 added it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
"there should have been rain, storm, something that showed the displeasure of the heavens at the unjust, the unfair, the unacceptable passing of a decent woman. there should have been mourning, and if not that, than at least weather drizzly and gray enough to keep people from good cheer and ease."

"loss - it was the worst thing. the thing she hated most. even speaking about it was somehow letting it in. but she discovered that the strength of her loss was selfish, centered around her own fear and
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TheReader
Feb 14, 2015 TheReader rated it liked it
First of all, I'd like to say that this book probably deserves a 4 star rating, it's just that it's not my kind of book.
After reading the first book, I really hoped that this book would hold more action, anything other than just story. Unfortunately, I was hoping for too much. I found this book to be a really tough read (as in not enough action to hold MY attention), like the LOTR books. But, while I hadn't found the book very entertaining, it was, however, very interesting. The story is very in
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Jutta
Nov 06, 2014 Jutta rated it it was ok
still don't like the writing style in these. and i didn't like that it was set entirely in the north, with nothing of the south. i'm still continuing with the series, but i don't have high hopes.
Oyceter
Oct 22, 2010 Oyceter rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, poc-author
- So bored by the Empire!
- Valedan as immigrant/1.5 gen kid
- Problems of Empire/Western Europe vs. Annagar/vaguely Asian
- Too much reference to Jewel and what I assume is a prior series
Coolcurry
The Uncrowned King is the second book in a six book epic fantasy series that starts with The Broken Crown. You need to read this series in order, and there may be some spoilers for the first book in this review. While this series is a hefty time investment (six books, each around seven hundred pages), so far I am finding it worth the time I put in, particularly because of the variety of important female characters.

While The Broken Crown was focused mainly on the events in the Dominion, The Uncro
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Beth Perry
Mar 12, 2014 Beth Perry rated it really liked it
This book is much easier to read than the first book in the series. It does take place almost completely in the empire of Essalieyan. Since the first book concentrated heavily on the storyline in the Dominion, it could be frustrating to some readers that many of the main characters from the last book are nowhere to be found in this book. (Rest assured, the later books DO include them)! But I enjoy this book more than The Broken Crown because the plot is more cohesive (or maybe just more focused) ...more
Amélie
This book focuses exclusively on the Empire, not the Dominion, so we don’t see Serra Terasa and Serra Diora.

After the Dominion has executed his hostages, the Empire must decided if they will do the same with theirs or if they will help Valedan, now legitimate ruler of the Dominion and one of the hostage, to reclaim his throne by declaring war on the Dominion. In addition, in order to gain the maximum number of followers, Valedan chooses to prove his valor by winning the Kings’ Challenge, a seri
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Alyssa
Mar 05, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I missed seeing the characters from the first book, but the second book in the series is just as good. It's cool to see the characters from the House War series again, and this definitely makes me excited for the next book in the series when the Northern and Southern stories start coming together.
Kayla Luquias
Nov 20, 2014 Kayla Luquias rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a little slow, but superbly written. West/Sagara is a true adept at world building. This story is based in the north so you get to learn about life there as opposed to the dominion. I found myself longing to be back in the dominion with Serra Teresa & Serra Diora. Reading about the dominion has sort of taught me that when we learn about seemingly oppressive cultures, we truly can't understand them without living their lives. The women in the dominion seem to have no p ...more
Cissa
Jun 22, 2009 Cissa rated it really liked it
This sounds petty, but...

These are BIG books. Big and heavy for MMPs. Thus, they are quite awkward to ready, particularly when the printing is a wee bit too close to the bound side of the page.

About this one in particular: it had some of the flaws of many of the middle books in a trilogy or larger overarching plot: it seems to have existed mostly to move the plot forward, and thus it's somewhat disappointing in and of itself. I think some degree of that is inevitable, though.

Also, for such a LON
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Moontyger
Oct 11, 2010 Moontyger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Blake
Mar 02, 2014 Blake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complicated
This is my favorite book of the whole series. See review of the 1st book for my thoughts on it as a whole
Andrei
May 16, 2015 Andrei rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love the hero undergoing trials of combat and lurking demons.
Crystal
Apr 17, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookcase-3
I devoured this series as whole, so my review of one book has to cover my review of all the books. This is one of my favorite series (and Michelle West is one of my favorite authors). When I finished the series the first time through I was compelled to go back and re-read just the parts that featured my favorite character (Jewel). I keep this series handy, because it's one I reach for time and again when I'm in the mood for a good book. Sometimes I re-read the whole series and other times I just ...more
Brangi22
Jul 09, 2015 Brangi22 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book and series
Megan
Dec 19, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
Book 2 really takes the series up to a higher level. There is a greater focus on elements that were only hinted at in the first book that are actually really exciting and help to develop a better view for how the various cultures and subcultures operate on a "power level". The entire book takes place in the Empire which probably results in the greater freedom of expression and description used by the author as opposed to the first book which was focused on the Dominion which is so repressed.

I re
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Nicole
Jun 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
It was good. But the end, the end got me in the feels. Damn. It should get another half star for the end.
Shannon
Jan 04, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic
So very, very good. I took longer than normal reading this, not because it was hard to get into, but because it was so good I wanted to revel in it and there was only so much I could take at any given time. This focuses more on Jewel and the Northern contingent in the story, which I really enjoyed having read the House Wars to-date, but it is far richer and more complex than just that story. Hardcore epic goodness. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Whitney
Jul 27, 2009 Whitney rated it it was amazing
I believe this is one of my top two favorites from all of West's works. Lessons in the power of choice, no matter our predispositions, the difficult balance of good leadership and determination. Anyway, heart-thumping adventure, intricate plots and real-as-life characters.
Myridian
Mar 30, 2009 Myridian rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book shifted the setting from one culture to another. I still have the complaint that West uses too many superfluous characters, but I did enjoy the plot and have already bought the remaining books in the series. We'll see where it goes.
Writtenwyrdd
Oct 08, 2009 Writtenwyrdd marked it as to-read
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I like Michelle Sagara's writing a lot, but fyi this series is very dense--lots of complex plot machinations, zillions of characters. it's a bit difficult keeping it all together in your head, but the writing and the story is so good!
Helen
May 23, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
Lavish, vivid and long; a slow, interesting read, but not really a page-turner. Still, it was well worth the time spent and I'll be looking for more in the series.
Patiki
May 27, 2010 Patiki is currently reading it
Ok, it's getting better. I think I remember who half the characters are now, so the story is more or less understandable again.
WillowBe
Feb 23, 2012 WillowBe rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I just wish the illustration of the guy was as yummy as the interior description of such a heroic youth.
Pandyfarmer Bohnet
Oct 25, 2011 Pandyfarmer Bohnet rated it really liked it
Way better the second time through. See my review of the first of this series for details.
Betty
Oct 11, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it
As good as book one and the world view just keeps growing.
Heidi Mcjunkin
Jul 18, 2010 Heidi Mcjunkin rated it really liked it
Another good book.
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