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Besieged (The Outcast Chronicles #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  634 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Sorne, the estranged son of a King on the verge of madness, is being raised as a weapon to wield against the mystical Wyrds. Half a continent away, his father is planning to lay siege to the Celestial City, the home of the T’En, whose wyrd blood the mundane population have come to despise. Within the City, Imoshen, the only mystic to be raised by men, is desperately trying ...more
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Published June 24th 2012 by Solaris (first published 2012)
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Gavin Gates
Sep 20, 2012 Gavin Gates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt one of the best openers to a trilogy release I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The backdrop is absolutely beautiful, Daniels has created a brilliantly described world that is very easy to get lost in, superb races in the Mieren referred to as True Men, T'en a race of silver haired six fingered and toed gift empowered humanoids, feared and hated by the hugely more populated Mieren and the Malajune a copper haired half blood subservient to the T'en , also hated by Meiren.
Jul 16, 2012 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
I recently read and reviewed The King's Bastard , the first book in Rowena Cory Daniells King Rolen's Kin trilogy, which I really enjoyed, so much so that I that I went and bought the second and third books in the series immediately after finishing it. Consequently, I was really happy Solaris was kind enough to send me a review copy of the first novel in her new The Outcast Chronicles, Besieged. Before I get on with reviewing Besieged, I have to put something right: in my review of The King's B ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Braiden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHY DON’T I HAVE EXILE YET (while I wait for Sanctuary)????? *runs to Book Depository*


Besieged was the first book of Rowena’s that I have read, and I feel guilty now for not having read any of the King Rolen’s Kin books (although I own the first) or The Last T’En – I really do; I enjoyed this first book in her new series The Outcast Chronicles so much that I hated myself for not having the sequel Exile yet. All I want to do now is finish this series then visit her decade-plus-old The Last T
Jul 16, 2015 Ivan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Uvrežen je stav da je epska fantastika isključivo eskapistička a nikada angažovana. Taj stav je, naravno, pogrešan. Čak postoji čitav pravac angažovane fantazije, koji nazivamo romantičarska fantazija (ne romantična) i koji se bavi životnom sredinom, međuljudskim odnosima i ugroženim segmentima društva, kao što su pripadnici manjinskih vera, nacija ili seksualnih opredeljenja.

Besieged definitivno spada u angažovanu fantastiku, prateći pomalo klišeizirani motiv rase/nacije obdarene natprirodnim m
Sep 20, 2012 Mervi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
290 years ago the peace accords were signed between the True-men (whom the T’En call Mieren) and the powerful and long-lived T’Enatuath (whom the humans call the Wyrd). The two races have co-existed in an uneasy peace since then. Sometimes half-bloods (whom the T’En call the Malaunje and the humans call the Wyrd) are born to two True-men parents. According to the accords, the True-men have to give up the half-blood infants to the T’En.

Sorne is king Charald’s eagerly-awaited first born son and he
Oct 05, 2013 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Daniells’ Besiegedis the first book in a trilogy about the fate of the T’En (known to humans as the Wyrd), a race of near-humans blessed (cursed) with “gifts.” For three centuries there’s been an uneasy truce between them and humans. The T’En and the half-human/half-T’En Malaunje are confined to an island city, isolated estates and ghettos in select cities; T’En and Malaunje babies born to human women (which happens even if both parents are human) are given over to the T’En. That custom (and tr ...more
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I have very mixed feelings about Besieged. Overall, I’d give it a positive ranking, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that the text does have issues. Quite a few issues, really. What does work is very good, and I can really give those elements a sterling review. But then there’s… the other hand.

Besieged is a big, sprawling political drama concerning a race called the T’en, the ordinary humans (here called True-Men or Mieren), and the “half-blood” population, apparently a result of interbreeding b
Nov 06, 2014 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
It's been a long time since I've delved into epic fantasy and this book is a harsh reminder of why I stopped reading it.

The novel depicts a very depressing world which is divided between normal humans and the psychic T'en, and then further divided into brotherhoods and sisterhoods. No matter how you look at it, it's all hostility all of the time. Except for some of the young people, no one is actually friends with anyone else.

The portion I've read (nearly two hundred pages, encompassing a 14-yea
De Roedere
Jan 22, 2013 De Roedere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read the last T'En when it first came out and remember thinking that I'd found a new and decent read. The second and third in the trilogy didn't quite hit the spot - whatever that spot might have been is lost to time - and I guess that spot is why I've never taken too much interest in other books by this author.
But a friend gave me all three of The Outcast Chronicles for the holidays.
The cover seemed a little derivative of a series that's very successful at the moment, and I must admit that
Jul 21, 2012 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paper
I would have given 3.5 stars if i could. I had a real hard time keeping up with the seemingly unannounced time advances. sometimes weeks, months or years pass by between chapters or within the chapter itself. there are a few times when a date is used at the start of the chapter but not often enough.

The second issue is with the lack of character development. Granted if you speed up time to advance the story, its difficult to take the time and give us characters we can identify when we see their n
Sean the Bookonaut
Besieged is the first book in The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells. The Chronicles see Daniells return to the world which she created in the T’En Trilogy. The Chronicles are a prequel to that series and take place at a considerable distance from the evens featured in the earlier works.

It is not necessary then to have read the earlier trilogy, to understand or enjoy Besieged.

Where to start on Besieged?

There are good books that you can appreciate and enjoy, then there are books that yo

Tsana Dolichva
Aug 11, 2012 Tsana Dolichva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells is the first book in the Outcast Chronicles, which is being published around now (Solaris likes to release trilogies over three months). It’s set in the same universe as her Last T’en trilogy (which is out of print and difficult to find) but in that world’s distant past. You definitely don’t need to have read The Last T’en first (I certainly haven’t, what with being unable to get a hold of it). A copy of Besieged was given to me by the author for review.

I absolut
Sep 28, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I first began reading I found the initial chapters to be rushed, giving too much information too quickly. I thought that could have been done a little more subtly than it had been. However, once I got passed this, the rest of the story began to flow and really turned into something quite spectacular.

There's great character development and, what a lot of books fail in, a brilliant societal structure that makes sense!!! I am thoroughly impressed with the thought and planning that Daniells mus
Aug 09, 2014 Maddalena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
The first time I heard about this book - and trilogy - was on Shari Mulluane's blog "Dragons, Heroes and Wizards"(http://dragonsheroesandwizards.blogsp...) where the series was reviewed in its entirety: as it often happens to me, I experienced a sort of mental click that told me it could be a great book, so I added it to my reading queue. Instincts proved once more to be right on target, because this is a great beginning for a very promising series.

Complete review here: http://spaceandsorcery.wo
Jun 10, 2012 Caz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was given a free copy from the publisher, and although I love fantasy and read a lot of it, and am always up for reading new releases, this just didn't do it for me I'm afraid. There wasn't enough descriptive writing especially about the places visited - the places in which the story was set, I mean - and I thought the characters weren't fleshed out enough. It felt like Daniells was rushing to give us action, intrigue, new words and magics without explaining fully who and where the characters we ...more
Shari  Mulluane
May 30, 2014 Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Book gifted by author in exchange for honest review)

The Story. Oh my. How do I describe this tale? There is so much of it it defies a simple explanation. But I'll give it a shot.

Lets start with the basic makeup of this world. At the core there are three main races. The mystics, the non gifted (humans with no mystical powers) and the half-bloods.

The mystics consist of sisterhoods and brotherhoods, both laboring under an uneasy truce. To make things even more interesting, the brotherhoods are no
Amanda J Spedding
Daniells’ world is extremely well constructed, the magic systems and culture, though unique to each race, they’re cleverly entwined and deftly delivered. There’s political and religious power-plays, revenge, betrayal, love and horror all finding their place here — a little something for everyone.

See full review here:
Mar 25, 2015 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a first in a trilogy of book called the outcast chronicles. I did find the beginning of the story gave a lot of complex information very quickly which made it a little tricky to grasp but after you get past that the story really starts to flow and I massively enjoyed it. There are some time jumps back and forwards as well marked by the year at the top of the page which can give you pause for a second to figure out where you are exactly in the story. Overall a great read, the trilogy is a ...more
Good book, good story. But in reality it really could have done without the first third where it is building the world and showing how different the circumstances were for each of the POV characters' births and how it differed from the norm.

I would have much rather learned some of the information, like the happenings at Sorne's birth and how Imoshen's upbringing by her father and the brotherhood was taboo along with the characters than having foreknowledge of this information. I think it would h
Jul 10, 2013 Alexa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
That girl on the cover almost looks like the Khaleesi.
Dec 19, 2015 Sini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altogether quite a nice book, but I felt like it didn't really get going before the last half of the story. The world's interesting, characters have some depth and there are great plot twists, but sometimes I just felt like the story wasn't really moving anywhere at all. Also, I feel a bit betrayed that even though there is some suggestion on same-sex relationships and the world is built so that it apparently wouldn't be a big deal if there were some, all romantic development seems to take the s ...more
Diana Madrian
Nov 21, 2015 Diana Madrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Rowena Cory Daniells before spotting this book at Barnes & Noble. It sounded interesting, so I bought it. I ended up zipping through the entire trilogy because the storyline was that enticing. The world, the different races, the characters, and the plot are all fascinating. The magic and the culture were very well thought out and were just as compelling as the storyline. I wanted more, more, more the entire time I was reading, and even though these are not short books, I ...more
Ана Хелс
Сeгрегация по пол, възраст, цвят на кожата, място на раждане. Сeгрегация по тегло, цвят на косата, очите или броя прочетени книги. Практикуваме сeгрегация ежедневно, ежеминутно, ежесекундно. Винаги сме ние и те, аз и останалите, моите приятели и целия тъп свят. Идеята за всички сме едно, обединение, нация, вид са нещо, за което само си четем в книгите, но ни държи твърде за кратко влага в умовете, докато се срещнем с първата случайна новина как те – управляващите са ограбили за пореден път нас – ...more


Adam Siegfried
Jul 15, 2014 Adam Siegfried rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Besieged began with a slow pace which took me a while to get through part one of the book. When part two begins with a lot of events unfolding moving the plot along while show some character development. I enjoyed the ending of Besieged more due to a lot of action and plot twists.

I have been informed by a friend that the third book in the series, Sanctuary, is not the last chapter in the series. This is exciting. Though I am only in the beginning of the second book, Exile, I look forward t0 see
Blodeuedd Finland
Aug 13, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This story takes place over a few decades and then it ends when something big happens. Oh yes cliffhanger alert, but it was still a calm cliffie as things will happen. But there is no one hanging off that cliff just yet. Maybe in a minute though.

There are different POVs but the two big ones are Sorne. A half blood raised to be a spy and weapon. He wanted to prove he was something more than just tainted and I felt so sorry for him. Humans are stupid and would never see anything else.

Then there is
I read this book at the first book for my Australian Speculative fiction Authors Challenge. I was certainly not disappointed. *waves Australian flag enthusiastically*

Beseiged is a multi-threaded tale involving an entire race hated by ‘True-men’ involving the pure blood T’En and their magic, the Mieren(True-men) and half-bloods between the two races. Besieged is full of political intrigue and war and characters you love and love to hate.

This is one of those books where I wish Goodreads gave me th
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, February 2 2013.

It’s been a while since I read any high fantasy, since a lot of it these days tends to be quite dark and depressing. While still containing some violence and oppression, Besieged isn’t nearly as dark as other books in the genre and I found that made it all the more enjoyable a read. That, and the fact that the author lives in the same city as me. Hooray for local awesome talent!

How to describe this world? Chalcedonia and the nearby
Tony Kelly

I was pleasantly surprised. I've been at that lethargic point where almost all fantasy is the same no matter how recent I pick up or how far back into garage sales and old used book stores that I go. Maybe it was because I read this on the tail wind of Prince of Thorns (which slapped me silly), but I mostly picked this up because it was THICK and wanted something to last a plane ride and couple nights of reading.

I got the feeling that this was a stage setter. The book takes us through decades
Denna M. Davis
Jul 09, 2013 Denna M. Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. However, I'm starting to wonder if Rowena is trying to create a platform of normalcy in intersexual relationships. I've seen this in the King Rolen's Kin Chronicles, and now in the Outcast Chronicles. I don't care if someone is has no baring on my friendship or judgment, and I could care less whom people are attracted to. However, in her stories, these are not homosexual relationships, per se. These are cultures where the men sodomize the boys and eac ...more
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I write the kind of books that got you reading fantasy way back when. I also write gritty crime-noir with a touch of paranormal under RC Daniells.

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