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Arrows of the Sun (Avaryan Rising #4)

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Tarr returns to the world of her Avaryan Rising series. The latest Sunborn heir to the throne must rule the conquered race that poisoned his father. Estarion must learn to rule this hated land, and in time to love it.
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Feb 21, 2015 Esther rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Generations ago, two empires were united through the union of their respective scions. But the latest incumbent hates one-half of his heritage and so the lines of Sun and Lion are splintering. Unbeknownst to the rulers of the empire, in secret, a Lion heir has been protected and prepared to take back his throne.

I found this book heavy going. I struggled to distinguish the differences between the two main characters - Estarion and Korusan - until they met. Then, I found the book interesting again
Feb 20, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This reminded me a bit of Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire, even though it's not nearly as a complicated and doesn't have as many characters. Maybe it was just the gates? Not sure. In any case, I had the same feeling reading it - it was too long, I got bogged down, and it took me double the time it probably should've taken to finish it.

It is fine if what you want is a story about a king coming to power and figuring out how to incorporate the disparate parts of his kingdom. That kind of thing i
Apr 10, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This book (and I gather series) reverses the general trend of much fiction centring on white characters. The main character and his family (half of his empire in fact) are black to brown, the other half of the empire appear to be East Asian inspired.

The characters are frequently described by themselves and others so it is hard to forget that they are mostly not white, that said there is only a brief mention of the racism that exists, which makes some sense given the book is about the emporer, n
I love this author's writing, and the 1st 3 books in this series, so when i saw this one in a 50 cent bin, i snapped it up. Tarr's writing as always sucked me in, and i have read and reread it many times, every time swearing i won't do that again, as she has so many other, better books. And yet this is the one that is RIGHT THERE, on my shelf, so...
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, well written, hard to put down & get to work or sleep
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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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