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Emissary: Book Two of The Percheron Saga (Percheron #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,161 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
A prisoner in the forbidden harem of the great Stone Palace of Percheron, Ana inflames the desires of every man who sees her, even as she fears for her future. The city's beloved protector, Spur Lazar, offered up his life for her, accepting punishment intended for the bewitching odalisque. Now, without Lazar's guiding hand, Percheron has become a darker, more treacherous p ...more
Paperback, 525 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published 2006)
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So this book is the continuation of what happens in the first book. We have the Lyana subplot, especially with the characters like Pez and Lazar figuring out who is playing what role in this big "uprising" now that they have figured out who both Iridor and Maliz is. Ana basically tries to live an inconspicious life in the harem, but that is proving difficult because it is obvious that Boaz, the new Zar is just singling her out and not only that, but Herezah is out to get her for re
Jun 10, 2011 Lowed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiona McIntosh is a new favorite author P-E-R-I-O-D!

How do you classify a bad book from a good one? That was the one question I have asked after reading negative reviews of this series. And let me assure you, her books should sit right beside Robin Hobb just a step away from George RR Martin's.

So it still gets me to wondering, how could one rate this book so poorly when I have enjoyed this far better than Tolkien's The Two Towers. The comparison being that, both are book 2 of a trilogy. And you
Barbara ★
I had the same issues with book two as I had with the first book - I hate the whole harem thing and the way the girls are treated as well as the unnecessary brutality of this way of life. That aside, I really like this series. Of course, Lazar is my favorite character and what he has gone through is heartbreaking and unfortunately unending. And poor Ana, stuck in the harem, enslaved by the Zar and in love with Lazar. Will she ever catch a break?

I found myself screaming and wanting to slap the he
EMISSARY marks the second installment of The Percheron
Saga, Fiona McIntosh's daring shift from the standard fantasy
that the majority of readers tackle, into the shifting sands of a
more Middle Eastern-flavored world. Daring in the sense that she
had proven tremendously capable with the classic formula and had
found success. To take on a world so vastly different is brave, and
to her credit it must be said that her abilities are not wasted in
the endeavor. Percheron is a marvel to behold.

Young Boaz, t
Jan 17, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Percheron series, and while it continued the events of the first book but also continued the pros and cons of the first book as well.

My main criticism of the book lies in the romance triangle between Boaz, Lazar, and Ana. There was so much pining on Lazar and Ana's part! I think if the author left out all of that, the book would be half the page count. I am all for a bit of romance, but reading through 5 solid pages of pining and despair got old after about the third time.
Feb 13, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It was a carbon copy of the first book. The only reason I kept reading it is because I liked the setting of the story. The characters were too stuck in their roles. Too predictable, and even though book 3 promises some kind of ending, I probably won't bother to read it.
Nov 24, 2007 Meril rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
My goodness, the Orientalism. I am just reading these to see what happens, although if I get any more offended than I already am, I am just going to stop. or continue on for mocking purposes (I do that a lot.) Sadly, this is going to color my reactions to her previous works.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Alright, I tried to give these books a chance, but I am out without even trying the last book in this series.
Feb 10, 2015 Soho_black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Starting with the second book in a trilogy is always dangerous. Frequently it's just a holding book, between the setting up of the first book and the climax in the third and you struggle to follow what's going on, especially if there is no explanation.

That was the situation I found myself in early into reading "Emissary". There is clearly quite a lot has happened in the first book, affecting the lives of major characters and causing the deaths of others. These were referred to, but the story beh
Mary Baldwin
Oct 16, 2014 Mary Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't disappointed by the sequel to the first Percheron book which I loved so much - the plot becomes more technical so the prose is naturally more drawn out, but narrowly avoids a feeling of middle book syndrome. I wasn't as thrilled by it as with 'Odalisque', but the characters continue their authentic developments and there are additional plot twists; some of which are resolved and others that only deepen. Suffice to say I'm pretty excited about reading book three - which I don't currently ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I absolutely loved Odalisque and couldn't wait to read Emissary. I was a little disappointed upon finishing to realize that not much had really happened. I wasn't expecting sword fights and tons of action though, I was expecting intriguing characters, and in that aspect I was not disappointed. The characters in this trilogy are dynamic and strong. Some may be unlikable, but they are meant to be. More than anything, I felt that they are realistic. Boaz is strong and comes off as harsh and rude at ...more
May 04, 2011 Jaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reading
Fiona McIntosh really has a way of making a book so engrossing that you never want to put it down. Emissary, the second book in the Percheron Series, is no exception.

Following on from the previous story, Lazar the Spur is believed to be dead and so Ana is in mourning for him. With no glimmer of hope left in her harem life she is resound to live out her days with no chance of happiness, awaiting death, and in fact welcoming it. The Valide and Grand Master Eunuch Salmeo have plans that will aid i
Dec 31, 2012 RuthAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulthood
I've read some other reviews and I think I understand the problem that other readers have with this book. I understand, but I don't necessarily agree.

The second installment of the Percheron Saga is relatively tame in comparison to the first book. Other readers have said nothing happens, but that's untrue. This book is more of a political struggle than the first, both within Percheron and with the gods. It's a game of wits between characters and deities, but some big things happen. The goddess is
Maria Elmvang
Fiona McIntosh has a really bad habit of ending with a cliff-hanger, which gets rather tedious once you realise that all her books are like that. It's a shame too, because if it hadn't been for that, I would probably have rated this book higher than I did. The writing has improved from the first book in the series, and the characters are becoming much more complex. I enjoy Ana's no-nonsense way of handling Herezah, and found myself almost liking Maliz, now that he's abandoned all of Tariq's most ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again I enjoyed it. A lot of concentration on characters, fairly unusual for this genre, as the action and events, and world building, are minimal at best. Sometimes it feels more like a romance novel than a fantasy.
Jul 01, 2009 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fromlibrary, fantasy
Definitely a mid-series read, this tells the story of Odalisque Ana and her finding a place in the Harem of Boaz. She has to watch herself as there are forces who can see that she has charisma and intend to ensure that she is controled.

She thinks her true love is dead but he isn't he's recovering from the dreadful punishment he has. His past is coming to reap it's revenge and he has to do what he can to survive.

Meanwhile the demon is finding his place, and trying to discover who has reincarnated
A. Saber
May 14, 2015 A. Saber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First book was more exciting and good plots,2nd book more like a TV drama. I will read the third book when I get time. Loved the valisor trilogy
Dec 05, 2014 Zoophyte rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't very good. The plot was hauled to where the author wanted the story to go, rather than being character-driven.
Jenna Hughes
Jul 31, 2016 Jenna Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Schulz
Mar 19, 2016 Michael Schulz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Looking forward to the next book.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jan 31, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Again, just like in Odalisque, the prose is beautifully written, and describes a brutal world. Everyone is a pawn of their political leaders or their gods. The main characters are well drawn, but although I might like some of them, or at least hope they survive until the next book, I know that everyone is expendable.

Its telling when a character wishes for death as an escape and you really can't blame them; you even feel sorry for them when they don't die.

This is a middle book in a trilogy, so b
Pretty good middle of a series book. Lazar is pretty pathetic for such a strong character, pining over Ana every five seconds. The diplomatic mission seems entirely pointless and in the end I guess it is. The end took me for a gigantic loop and waiting to find out what that is all about in the finale. Seems like it's taking forever for this forthcoming battle of the gods.
Jun 29, 2011 April added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fantasy lover
Recommended to April by: Lucky m
Shelves: fantasy
Often with books you read the blurb on the back and it turns out that that is the best bit of the book.
With Fiona McIntosh the reverse is true, you read the blurb and think Oh, that might be ok, you read the book and WOW, you are caught u in a story you don't want to put down.

I would recommend her books to anyone who loves fantasy
Jul 19, 2016 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
Two-and-a-half stars. An improvement on the first book since it finally felt like the story is going somewhere, especially in the second half. The question of who Lyana is was a bit more interesting than in the first book too. But the major issues of predictability, stereotypical characters and too-obvious writing remain.
Jun 24, 2013 Esme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, keeps me reading, but one of those books where I'm often annoyed at it. I'd like less exposition and better characterization. The saying "Show, don't tell," could really be applied to this book. Let the dialogue and actions speak for the characters; don't have the narrator hash out everything.
So so fantasy/alternate reality. But it's an easy read and gets me out of my political nf mood every once in awhile. The setting is the most intriguing as it is an alternate world view of the Muslim world in Istanbul. As I have visited that great city the series holds my interest.
Ralitsa Ivanova
i was expecting a little bit more action in the second book (looking at the title) but that was not the case. the plot by far gets more interesting and complex which really held my attention. There were more than one unexpected developments so definetely a very engaging book!
Nov 07, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrgh. This is a sequel to another book I quite liked. However, this one started slow, and I slogged through it, and then by the end I quite liked where the plot was going. So now I have to read the next one.
Oct 23, 2009 January rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z_2009, fantasy
The second book in the series definitely kept my interest and moved the story along at a good pace. I didn't know what I thought I knew from the first book, which is great! On to the last book in the series!
This book was another amazing Fiona Mcintosh book! I couldn't put it down! Love the characters and love the plot!The ending was anoyying though but im still going to read the last book of the series!
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Fiona writes best selling historical adventure-romance alongside the heroic-romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon. She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings. Her books are published worldwide and in various languages.
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