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Shy leopardess (His The Neustrian cycle ; book 3)
The Last and Best of the Neustrian Books! In this highly-acclaimed fantasy classic and sequel to Gerfalcon and Joris of the Rock, a young woman comes into her own and finds true amidst danger, intrigue, and war. You'll find impeccable writing, rich characterization, an uncommon complexity of detail, and scenes as thrilling as any in fantasy literature. "Away beyond the ...more
Unknown Binding, 392 pages
Published September 1st 1977 by Newcastle Pub. Co
(first published 1977)
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Written decades after the first two Neustrian books, Shy Leopardess combines Barringer's earlier strengths with greater depth and maturity. The heroine Yolande is one of the most fully realized and engaging characters in fantasy, and her coming of age is handled so adroitly I hardly noticed how much she'd grown throughout the novel until I reached the end and looked back to the beginning. The minor characters are drawn just as skillfully, and the plot manages the neat trick of assembling a ...more
Originally published in 1948 in Great Britain, this is part three of Leslie Barringer's Neustrian Cycle. Parts one and two are set in a thinly disguised medieval France and suffer from stilted dialog and stiff characters. Barringer wrote this twenty years after the others - it is essentially a standalone novel in the same world - and the writing is far more fluid and relaxed. Yolanda the Duchess schemes to be free of her horrible husband Balthasar and falls in love with her two pages, Lioncel ...more