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Sword of the Deceiver (Isavalta #4)

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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 send ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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Keelin Perala
Mar 03, 2014 Keelin Perala rated it really liked it
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
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Daniel
Apr 03, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
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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.
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May 20, 2013 Jilly rated it really liked it
Just wish these were in some sort of chronological order.
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Nov 12, 2007 Shardis marked it as to-read
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.
John
Jan 29, 2009 John rated it really liked it
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.
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May 21, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok
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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.
Nikki
Jun 05, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
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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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