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Preview — Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells
Besieged (The Outcast Chronicles #1)
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 ...more
Sorne is king Charald’s eagerly-awaited first born son and he ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I absolut ...more
One thing that could have been quite useful but was missing from this boo ...more
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 ...more
Complete review here: http://spaceandsorcery.wo ...more
♦ 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 n ...more
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 ...more
The characters are real, though I wish there'd been just a tad bit more character development going on. The action and story will keep you glued to your seat though and once the book finally took off it was near impossible for me to put it down.
The world is unique and t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this book up. What I got was a fascinating story full of intrigue and struggle.
There are three main "races" for want of a better word - Humans, T'en, and Malaunje. Humans are humans, T'en are a race with "gifts" and a segregated society, living in brotherhoods and sisterhoods, wh ...more
First off I want to say how addicted I am to this story! I almost set it aside after the first few chapters because it didn't pick up right away But i am very glad I continued bacause not 10 minutes later I was swept ...more
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.
I've been trying to add The Price of Fame to my published books section. But it keeps ending up in my 'read' books section. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.
I am unashamedly a Genre Writer!
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