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The Uncrowned King (The Sun Sword #2)

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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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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
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
Beth Perry
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
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
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
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
Kayla Luquias
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
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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This is my favorite book of the whole series. See review of the 1st book for my thoughts on it as a whole
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
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.
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.
Loved it. I just wish the illustration of the guy was as yummy as the interior description of such a heroic youth.
Pandyfarmer Bohnet
Way better the second time through. See my review of the first of this series for details.
As good as book one and the world view just keeps growing.
I kept trying to get into these but they were so dull.
Heidi Mcjunkin
Another good book.
Nov 21, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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Michelle Sagara

Michelle is an author, book­seller, and lover of liter­ature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and some­times as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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The Sun Sword (6 books)
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