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The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword #5)

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In the fifth novel of the Sun Sword series, acclaimed author Michelle West returns to a war-torn world of noble houses divided and demon lords unleashed...
ebook, 832 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Daw Books
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Apr 17, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2008 kvon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Mostly this one is concerned with getting everyone in the right spot for the finale, but there are some good bits with how long to carry a grudge in the face of honor, and Jewel continues to be fascinating as she continues her reluctant path to leadership, of a different sort than her followers are used to.
Feb 07, 2016 Wise_owl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started the Sun Sword Series over four years ago. It's been a process both of devoting my time to it and of tracking down all the books. This particular one was the most difficult and I can only hope others have an easier time of it than I(and if anybody at the respective publishing house, which is DAW I believe reads this, please publish a few thousand more of these...)

Things are beginning to come to a head in this book. In the previous work, the Sea of Sorrows, I covered how the different s
there are so many characters it gets confusing. especially when there SO many things are similarly named. dont get me wrong, i love the book. i just have a hard time keeping everyone and everything separate.

mareo, marano, marelo, meralonne, marente, marakas, markess, markaso, mancorvo
duarte, duvari, devon, devlin, devran
amar, amara, amarais
annagar, anton, andaro
alessandro, alesso, allasakar
averalaan, avander, averda
kallandras, kalakar, kalliaris, kialli, kiriel

"he knew, now, that he had accompli
Jun 20, 2009 Myridian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I always think it's a bad sign when an author intends to finish a series but can't stop writing and feels compelled to add another nearly 1000 page book to the pile. That's what West did with The Sun Sword books 5 and 6. Instead of one book that actually followed the characters in a reasonably efficient fashion that didn't leave me wanting to stop reading before the ending, she chose to write two extremely long-winded tales that cover so little ground for so many characters I felt like she shoul ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Düsty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every book she has written in this series can easily be cut down to 1/3rd its size and you won't miss anything.

The writing is poor, forcibly fancy and to make it worse, things are repeated again and again. The only thing this writer does well is write good characters and its only to know their fate that I keep reading this terrible series. I truly regret ever starting this.

Without a doubt the worst fantasy series I have ever read. Too bad that I care about what happens to kallandras, illarphan
Siraj Shaikh
It might not be too profound, but I got hooked immediately. And apparently I'm not the only one. All in all, this was one of the most entertaining books that I've read.
Leanne Powner
Apr 25, 2016 Leanne Powner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IMO, the best book of the series.
Aug 15, 2016 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
This is just one of my favorite new (sort of) series, hands down. I love all the characters and I wish there was more than one book left! The themes are interesting and handled well, and the story is always exciting.
May 22, 2012 Sherryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The prologue was specially good, I would have love to read a stand alone book just focusing on Anya. Sadly, the focus on too many characters made this book a bit unsatisfying.
Oct 11, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this world.Michelle West is as good as Frank Herbert at building a complete world.
Really milked this story to get 600 pages
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Michelle Sagara West
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.

Reading is one of her
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Other Books in the Series

The Sun Sword (6 books)
  • The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword, #1)
  • The Uncrowned King (The Sun Sword, #2)
  • The Shining Court (The Sun Sword, #3)
  • Sea of Sorrows (The Sun Sword, #4)
  • The Sun Sword (The Sun Sword, #6)

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