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His Conquering Sword (Jaran #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Following the events of An Earthly Crown, the jaran conquest of Rhui intensifies as rebel hearts simmer with conflicting loyalties

Across Rhui, the jaran have been taking over towns and bending all non-jaran to the law of their rule. With Ilya Bakhtiian in charge, the nomadic fighters are now preparing an assault on the royal city of Karkand. But within the campaign, anothe
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by DAW
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More epic SF about the Jaran (nomadic horse people on the planet Rhui) and the technologically advanced Earthlings (who are trying to infiltrate Rhuian culture without revealing their own off-planet identities) and the inscrutably alien Chapelli (against whom the Earthlings are rebelling and of whom the Jaran remain officially ignorant).

It's a big meaty book about culture clashes on lots of different levels, and it's as good as the previous two books (Jaran and An Earthly Crown). My favorite su
Still love this series. I think it's an interesting mix of post-colonial critique, traditional folk tale, and political drama.
One thing I was thinking about while reading is that there's not a lot of struggle in this one. There is one very sad main thing that happens, but other than that I mostly just enjoy reading because of the characters.
Really a single story with An Earthly Crown - my cross-posted thoughts:

This is massively epic SF(F?) compared to the first book - the story has expanded massively in scope and implications compared to JARAN, which was very much Tess/Ilya’s story. It’s really a single story split across two books (An Earthly Crown being Part 1), and I spent a week or so happily buried in its pages.
Milly Jones
I would give this an extra half star if the facility were available.

It's a decent book. Like its prequel, it has lots of characters to follow, which lessens it overall for me, though some might enjoy this ensemble approach. It gives a good conclusion to the prequel, but i still don't know why they were split into two books when it is clearly one story. Also, it felt a third of the book was just the story ending with not much happening i. The space of 18months. Overall the two books were disappoi
The previous volume of this series seemed to be all set-up, so I thought surely something of substance would happen in this one, but no.

This is why I never started the Wheel of Time books.
This is where the series started to lose me. While it's always interesting to have many different perspectives I wanted more of Tess and Ilya and less of the younger generation.
I'm way too lazy to review complicated sci-fi with such highs and lows it'll give you whiplash, but I will say that this title sounds like terrible porn.
I am really enjoying this series. The writing is excellant and so is the charter development. I like the juxtapisition of pre-tech society and aliens and space faring society. The story line did not evolve too much in this book, but set the stage for the next one.
Michele Smith-Martin
It's no Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series but good enough for a summer read.
The follow ups to Jaran weren't as well read. Sigh.
Enjoying the series a lot.
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