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Sword of the Deceiver (Isavalta #4)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  8 reviews
For five hundred years, the great southern empire of Hastinapura has flourished, ruling the world of Isavalta with an iron fist. But nothing lasts forever . . .The day of her womanhood ceremony finds Princess Natharie of Sindhu happily celebrating with her family, joyfully awaiting her marriage to a prince of another realm. However, when the empire demands that her family ...more
Published May 1st 2012 by Prologue Books (first published 2007)
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Keelin Perala
I had forgotten how skilfully Sarah Zettel crafts characters that fail to fit the dichotomy of good and evil I have come to particularly expect in Fantasy novels. She weaves characters whose viewpoints are often shaped by common human weaknesses and hardship. This, and her believably strong, self-driven female protagonists has elevated her as one of my very favorite fantasy authors.

Sword of the Deceiver also contained her signature strong female protagonist and complex characters, this time wove
Apr 03, 2008 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Another enjoyable book, by Sarah Zettel. All her books are well written. This one explores the mythology of Hinduism and Buddhism. Though the names have been changed, and the Hindi religion is more matriarchal. Also, the Buddhism is a combination of Mahayana and Tibetan, not the older Theravada style. Still, overall very enjoyable, blending of Myth, and folklore, with believable characters.
Just wish these were in some sort of chronological order.
Nov 12, 2007 Shardis marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I haven't gotten all the way through this series. I need to go back and reread it, I think, in order, since I think I missed something along the way. For those that like a mix of Russian mythos with their literature, this is a great series.
Great book, highly engaging plot by a writer that is versed in both Science Fiction and Fantasy. It really deserved four and a half stars, but since we can't do that, I just gave it four stars.

Might have made a lot more sense if I had read the books for which this is apparently a prequel. As it was, there were vast stretches of this book that I was bored/lost.
A lovely prequel. I thought the world could have been a little more detailed and the characters a bit more developed, though.
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more
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