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The Hall of the Mountain King (Avaryan Rising #1)

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Before Mirain could possess his kingdom, he would have to displace the bastard Prince Moranden, win the loyalty of his squire, Vadin alVadin, and subdue a rebellion. But the greatest battle would be with the dark goddess Uveryen. A stunning new novel by the author of The Hound and the Falcon Trilogy.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 15th 1988 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Wealhtheow
Aug 02, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of A Song of Ice and Fire crossed with Marion Zimmer Bradley or Andre Norton
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Mely
Vadin is a squire, new to the service of Han-Ianon. His greatest wish is to serve Moranden, greatest warrior in the land and bastard son to the king. The king is old and knows he nears the end of his reign, and so day after day he stands on the battlements, hoping that his daughter will return home. Decades ago she traveled south to be a priestess, and has sent no word since.

But then a small young man in shabby priest's garb walks into the capital. He resembles the late princess and in fact, is
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Alys
I ordered this book because I remember being thoroughly en armoured of one later in the series, and being unable at that time to track down the first in the series. When I held it in my hand and read the blurb I very nearly put it back again unread. A story I've heard/read a thousand times.s However! I soon found myself enjoying the read. Possibly, enjoying the Prince's Squire more than anything else. Some of the ritual experiences were pretty impressive, worth a ponder, and the rest was not exa ...more
Fantasy Literature
Every day, for years, the King of Ianon has stood on his castle’s battlements, hoping to see his daughter coming home. He is old and she is his heir. When someone finally arrives, the king is told that his daughter is dead, but she had a son, Mirain, whose father is the god Avaryan. The grieving king opens his heart to this unknown grandson, but there are others who are not pleased with the new development — especially the king’s concubine and her son Moranden, the king’s bastard and a great war ...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

Every day, for years, the King of Ianon has stood on his castle’s battlements, hoping to see his daughter coming home. He is old and she is his heir. When someone finally arrives, the king is told that his daughter is dead, but she had a son, Mirain, whose father is the god Avaryan. The grieving king opens his heart to this unknown grandson, but there are others who are not pleased with the new development — especia
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Isana
Ok. Yes. This book was really amazing. It was filled with so many emotions that were wonderfully described. I also really love the way that "love" worked in the book. There was love of so many different kinds but they were all treated with the same respect. I really loved that.
Maya Morikawa
Another world

Once again,dragged into some other place,where magic lives,and there are kingdoms to be fought for.Friendships to be made and lovers to be found.A basis for many a story but Judith Tarr manages to combine them in a way I can sink into that world.
Julie
I think I just need to accept that Judith Tarr ain't my cup of tea. As with the previous books of hers I read, this one has a focus character I simply can't stand--and I'm supposed to love him.
Kelli
I love this writer and I just can not get into this book. I'm finding it incredibly hard to read. I hope the next one is better.
Neida
Even better than I remembered. Ont to book 2 of the series.
Helen
could not get into it, not sure I want to finish trilogy
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Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the
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Avaryan Rising (6 books)
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