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Skirmish (The House War #4)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Skirmish takes readers into brand-new territory, beginning right after the conclusion of "The Sun Sword." The Terafin has been assassinated by a demon, and the battle for the House Seat will now begin. Four candidates have declared themselves, but Jewel, the Terafin's own choice to become the next Terafin, has yet to announce her intentions. By the time she does announce h ...more
ebook, 608 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Daw Books
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Madeline
Jewel ATerafin's To-Do List:
1. Pull off state funeral for murdered mentor.
2. Declare candidacy for aforementioned mentor's job.
3. Survive assassination attempts, if any.
4. Consolidate power.
5. Puzzle out mysterious illness.
6. Save the city from demonic attack. Repeat as necessary.
7. Get some sleep.

Some people (most people?) have George R. R. Martin. Me, I have Michelle West. I've been waiting for Skirmish since 2005, which I guess doesn't sound that long - except in 2005 I was in high school and
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Caroline Mersey
Skirmish is a book I've waited ten years to read. Expectations were always going to be high, particularly after City of Night, which managed to sparkle with life and feel like a comfy pair of slippers at the same time.

So I had mixed feelings about starting this book. Part of me would like to leave Jay and Avandar standing on a bridge in the Dominion, as they were at the end of The Riven Shield, as she finally accepts that he's just as broken as anyone else in her den. My heart fears the end tha
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Emily
This is definitely not a book to read without being familiar with, at minimum, the earlier House War books. And really, you need to have read the Sacred Hunt duology and the Sun Sword books. It's a lot of reading, but absolutely worth it.

Skirmish picks up where The Sun Sword left off - the House War books finally caught up! I'd been SO SURE that House Name would pick up some of the events after Jewel's character and the rest of Terafin leave the narration, but it didn't quite make it. From The S
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Michelle
Loved returning the Essalieyan world, beautifully written as always. But I wished this book had covered either a slightly longer time period, and I wish it had focused more on some of the minor characters, especially in the den. (The big reveal on Haval was very gratifying.) I'm also concerned Jewel is becoming a little too overpowered. Mainly just left me wanting the next volume ....
Sarah
I was so sad when I reached the last page! I just wanted this to go on for as long as the books in the main series. And this is after I almost had to stop reading the series after the last book. That one scene.

At first I didn't know what to make of the cats or the Winter King, although I love Celleriant. I get a little twitchy every time I think Avandar is sending romantic vibes Jewel's way, like when he first saw her in the dress. But Jewel's character arc is so strong, so compelling, I'm havin
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Jeffrey
West cast her spell once again over me. I devoured the book in a day.
Aildiin
This is the book by Michelle West that I have been waiting to read since I first encountered Jewel Markess more than 15 years ago as a side character in one of her earlier books ( Hunter's Death).
This book takes place right after the event of Sun Sword and tells of the War for House Terrafin following the death of The Terrafin.
The first few chapters were up to my expectations and then things got a little too weird for me with heavy involvement of Celeriant, the Winter Court, elemental forces and
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WillowBe
FYI: if you read the prolouge and first chapter on Ms. West's wordpress site, it does NOT include the author's note, which recommends reading Sun Sword first. I have yet to find the "story so far" peice she promised for those who haven't read SS. Seems I need to start at the beginning of both series to fully appreciate the story arc/events. And that's OK- I'm looking for a new series.

However, most of these books are NOT available for ereaders or at my local library; SUN SWORD in particular is no
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Shen
I love Ms West work, you create such amazing imagery with your words. I can see the movie play in my head.
spoiler altert!!!
With that being said. I did not like Skirmish. while part of the reason I didn’t like it was because I have waited through the end of Sun Sword and 3 prequels for house war to begin. This ended up being a tease for me it was a 500 page book that took place over 3 days I felt that what occurred, could have been done in 200 pages and been part of house war. or packaged as a sh
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Estara
Jan 10, 2012 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: Autobuy author and series
Shelves: read-in-2012
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Veronica
Book one left me entranced, but I couldn't figure out quite why. The book didn't really have a focus, and it felt like The Action was happening somewhere else. I liked Rath, and I liked Jewel and I wanted to see what they built. It felt like chapter one. I gave it a pass because this was a five-volume series.

Book two was more of the same. Another pass, though I started to get little inklings of "Wait a minute, I would have liked to read about that. Why was it just a mention?"

Book three emphasize
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SueM
For some odd reason, I don't write reviews for many of fantasy novels I read, even when I rate them 5 stars. Usually, I lets the stars say it all. But Skirmish has inspired me to write as I was once again blown away by Michelle Sagara West's writing.

I have been a fan of Sagara West's writing since I first came across her Hunter's Oath and Hunter's Death in 1996. The Broken Crown, the first of 6 books in The Sun Sword series, was released in 1997 and having enjoyed her previous novels set in the
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Caitlin
I'm tough on fantasy series - so many of them start well and then sort of peter out and become uninteresting. For whatever reason I don't typically read a single fantasy novel (with some exceptions) because I like series, but it's hard to find series, and on and on in an endless self-imposed do loop. I do adore two series, however: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and all of Michelle Sagara West's Averalaan books. I like them equally and continually recommend them every time I get a c ...more
Andrew
If you look at the inside cover, this is the fourth book of six in the "House War" series. In reality: this is the start of the second Jewel Markess trilogy. The first Jewel trilogy can be read on its own, and I did; it's about a young girl growing up on the streets, who gathers unexpected friends and allies. It ties up reasonably well, albeit with sequel hooks and a slightly awkward "Now she leaves on a journey!" roll-off.

Then you've got eight books in two series, written earlier but set later.
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kvon
One point off for being slow--most of the action takes place over about 4 days. Which works out to about 10 minutes/page? And now I need to go back and look at Sun Sword again, since the online summary isn't finished yet (and leaves out a lot, while filling in bits I don't think I grokked). Man, this series has been going on for a while--over 8000 pages if LT's data is correct. Six times longer than LotR.

Yes, the cats with wings on the front make a prolonged appearance here.

So we're getting read
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Christina Chavez
I am currently re-reading this book for the fourth time and it was only release a month ago!

I started with the Hunter's books and I really liked them but the main reason I picked up the Sunsword series was the presence of Jewel and her den, and Avandar! That series was highly addictive and I am not sure how many times I have re-read them so I was thrilled to see that Skirmish was going to continue on that timeline.

I did not care that the Hidden City books contradicted some of the details in th
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Kris
Wow, ok, I think I missed a lot. There was a lot of back story and undercurrents that went right over my head because I didn't read her main series. Hrm, I think I'm going to need to go back and start her Sun Sword series as well so I get a bit more of what is going on within this story.

With that said, I did enjoy this book but sadly not as much as the earlier ones. I'm still giving this a 4 because I liked the writing style and it was a lot of fun dipping back into Jay's world and the new power
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Michelle Gross
I loved it!!! I love Michelle's West House War series. I loved getting introduced to Jewel in the Sun Sword series. So, it was great to hear all about Jewel. She's always in a mess of some kind. Good thing I don't have her life or I'd be totally exhausted and fed up. Already 100 pages into Battle and can't wait until War is out. My favorite characters are the cats. I'm cat crazy so I just love the attitude the cats have. They remind me of my cats. The Winter King is a nice character. Celleriant ...more
Lorena
I really wanted to give this book more stars. I've been reading West's series (first the Hunter duology, then the Sun Sword series, and now the novels of the House War) for...what, 14 years? The last published one was an interpolated novel, showing the same events as an earlier novel but with different point of view - I really liked how it fleshed out what I had read previously and gave more heft to a number of other characters.,

This book, however, frustrated me. The action only covers about th
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Sabrena
Michelle West hasn't failed me yet. This world of hers is complex and capitvating. I enjoy the slower pace of her stories because she builds such wonderfully full characters; the kind of characters I'd be happy reading about doing nothing because they are just that fascinating. This installment did not dissappoint, though it took me 6 months to work my way through it. It lost a star for being hard to get into, but the last half of the book made up for the first half, being full of action and the ...more
Ken
Loved it, Absolutely loved this book
The book starts up exactly where The Sun Sword ends. The Terafin dead at the hands of a demon and the jackals vie for the House seat. Jewel knows she needs to decide to follow the Terafin's wishes but all she wants to do is morn her mentors death. Unfortunately Jewels destiny gets in the way. She starts by making a drastic change to the Terafin garden. She also thwarts two assassination attempts and she finally realities just exactly what she can do, much to h
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Jake Langthorn
I know the Sun Sword gap is an issue, but... the story is great all on its own.

I read the Sun Sword series, and it was terrific, even if some of it could be described as Early Michelle.

Ms West is writing two of the very best series being published today - Elantra and House War. I've been reading books I love, of all kinds, for more than 50 years, and these two series are among the best of the best. It simply doesn't get any better than these books.

Skirmish may be the most beautiful story I have
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Kaitlyn
I absolutely ADORED this book, but read it before I read the sun sword series so I felt I was missing quite a bit... nonetheless, West painted a picture clear enough to understand what was going on. The end was funny, even though most people may not choose funny to describe it. And the cats! The kitties were definitely the highlight of the book, to me. That and pretty much everything else. Five star book, all the way, I have no regrets. I can't wait until the next book, which I believe is to be ...more
Arend
I really enjoy Michelle West as a writer, but after all these volumes, certain behaviors and reiterations simply start to feel repetitive. For example, the lack of any dimension to some of Jewel's den, despite the repeated insistence of now much she cares for them. I find it tough to care for them myself when I know so little about them.

That said, a lot happens in this novel, much of it unexpected, and it looks like we can get ready for a bumpy ride!
Vernieda
At last! A book set after the events of Sun Sword. Or, I suppose this somewhat overlaps a little bit with the end of Sun Sword. It was a great read and the wait until the next book will be hard. After reading this, I'm especially getting antsy for the End of Days to begin. (That... sounds very morbid but especially after what Jewel does in this book, you know it's going to be epic.)
Mark
Soooooooo good!

Continuing the House War series this book also picks up the timeline and events left at the conclusion of The Sun Sword.

Can't wait for the next book - War. This series just gets better and better.

Of course now I have to try and find something/anything that compares... and that's always a hard task when finish a novel by Michelle Sagara West.
Samantha
I always hesitate before I give 5 stars. Was the book *really* amazing?? But on this series, I have to do it because I devour each of these books. Even late in the night when I can't keep my eyes open, I *still* want to find out what happens next and have to force myself to put it down and get some sleep. :)
Elvet
I'm really trying to savor this book. It is so good to read about Diora, Isladar, Avandar and all the other characters from the Sun Sword. I just love the series and can't recommend it enough.
Cheryl
LOVED it. Just when I feel that Michelle Sagara cannot top herself, she does. After the long wait from The Sun Sword, this book did not disappoint.
Amanda
I sort of wished the author had gone more into the intervening years between the third and fourth books. However, it is as usual a fascinating read.
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

The House War (7 books)
  • The Hidden City (The House War, #1)
  • City of Night (The House War, #2)
  • House Name (The House War, #3)
  • Battle (The House War, #5)
  • Oracle (The House War, #6)
  • War (The House War, #7)
The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword, # 1) The Uncrowned King (The Sun Sword, #2) The Hidden City (The House War, #1) The Shining Court (The Sun Sword, #3) The Sun Sword (The Sun Sword, #6)

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