Lion of Senet (Second Sons Trilogy, #1)
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Lion of Senet (Second Sons Trilogy #1)

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On the world Ranadon there is no night as both suns shine brightly. The intervention of Belagren, High Priestess of the Shadowdancers, and the sacrifice of a child of royal blood, has banished the Age of Shadows from the skies. Belagren's position is unquestioned . . . until circumstances begin to tip political rivalries into a deadlier game altogether.

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Paperback, 558 pages
Published 2004 by Spectra Books
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The Lion of Senet has been recommended to me a few times, and has glowing reviews here, so I decided to pick it up. I do not mind a fantasy book without magic one bit, so I had no trepidations about reading this book. The novel started off nicely introducing us to some teenagers throughout the world and the major power players on the story. I could tell that their paths were converging ever so slowly, and things were looking good. At around page 200 my annoyances with the book really started to...more
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This is one of those books that's fun to read, but has little else going for it. If you're a hardcore fantasy fan looking to kill some time, you could do worse, but in general I would not recommend.

Lion of Senet is an unusual epic fantasy in that not only is it decidedly not a Tolkien knock-off--no orcs or elves in sight--but there's no magic, no drawn-out journeys and no epic battles. Instead, the plot is driven by political manuevering (perhaps better termed "interpersonal manipulation"), and...more
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It pleases me to see that Australian author Jennifer Fallon is slowly starting to receive some well deserved international attention. Her recent ‘Tide Lords’ quartet garnered a couple of positive reviews, and I’ve seen some blogs posting about her latest series ‘The Undivided.’

But I want to talk now about one of her older, less known, set of books; The Second Sons trilogy, comprising of 'The Lion of Senet,' 'Eye of the Labyrinth,' and 'Lord of t...more
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I bought this book on a whim one day. For the first half of the book I kept asking myself why the hell I was reading it. By the end of the book, I wasn't really sure exactly how I felt about it. The book certainly picked up after the half-way point, but I certainly wasn't overwhelmed. I decided that I really didn't care enough to finish the series. However, in the coming days I kept thinking about the characters. I kept wanting to know what the hell happened to them next. I'm profoundly glad I d...more
Jennifer Jacobs
Feb 08, 2011 Jennifer Jacobs rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes political, fantasy thrillers, also anyone who loves Code Geass.
This is the first of an excellent trilogy full of twists and turns as the second generation born to main players of an old war are forced to take up the fight that their parents could not finish. The main character is a young man named Dirk Provin, who has his entire life turned upside down by the revelation that his father is not truly his father, and that he's actually the son of a diposed king who has been labeled a villian and traitor.

Their world of Ranadon is ruled under the satin-gloved, i...more
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A brilliant mathematician calculated when the second sun would disappear, vital information for keeping the religious establishment in power. In the midst of war, he vanished without telling anyone when the Age of Darkness would begin. But High Priestess Belagren has found another gifted mathematician in seventeen-year-old Dirk Provin, and even though his mother is a political dissident who hates the High Priestess and everything she represents, Belagren's determined to have hi...more
Should I read it? I'm not sure. If you don't mind reading "safe" books, you'll probably enjoy this. If you want a book that challenges you in some way, either by way of its characters, plotting, or world-building, you may be better off finding something else.

What's the short and skinny of it? The Lion of Senet is about dark ages both literal and figurative. It's about those with knowledge and power controlling those who are ignorant, as well as about skeptics finding themselves in danger, even i...more
Lyn Lowe
This was my second read-through. Normally, that's when I take my time and really sort out what works and what doesn't for me; where I find all those special lines and fantastic scenes that really grab me.

Not so, with this book.

I started out good, working slowly through the beginning with my usual care. Then, and I can't tell you exactly when, I found myself sucked back in. Just like the first time. Exactly like the first time.

"Oh no! Something bad happened! How is Dirk going to get through this...more
Jun 20, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Robin Hobb fans
Recommended to Eric by: Nick Bozenko
Shelves: fantasy
This book caught my attention when I opened the cover flap and saw praise for it from one of my favorite fantasy authors, Robin Hobb. One of the reasons I really like Hobb is that her style is cerebral, with the focus being on the political intrigue and emotional relationships between the characters, rather than hacking and slashing of an evil horde of underdeveloped minions.

Jennifer Fallon's Lion of Senet fit that style and pushed it even further. Where most fantasy involves magic spells, myth...more
May 06, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who like politics-driven fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
I guess this is 'fantasy' but it's not your classic myth and magic story - fairly grounded in politics and reality, actually. And this is where this trilogy truly shines.

This isn't Fallon's best trilogy - I feel that ball lies well in the Hythrun Chronicles court - but in terms of plotting and "oh my god, you know what? I really have no idea what's going to happen next" it's unbelievably good. In terms of morality and fate it's also a bit bleaker and harder than the Hythrun and Medalon - more Ho...more
There was no adrenaline-charged action in this book, but there was enough suspense to keep me interested. The characters are engaging, and I was drawn into the story very quickly. Fallon is great at writing natural-sounding dialogue (and there's quite a bit of humour in the dialogue, which I loved) and the book focuses just enough on the politics to make it intriguing rather than boring. And, while the main conflict tends to boil down to faith vs science, it didn't come across as being preachy.

I'm classifying this as science fiction but it has a Pern like twist, if you know what I mean. I'll say more about it when I'm finished!

Okay, finished and completely in love with the twists and turns Fallon took me on while reading this book. I cannot wait to see where it is all going and I know I will find satisfaction in the various twisting intrigues.. or at least I hope I will.

I hope to see the fall of the Shadowdancers and the High Priestess in the books to come! As well as the downfall of...more
I'm really rather puzzled why this book didn't grab me; from the reviews it seemed like exactly my sort of fantasy. I didn't hate it, but when I saw that I'd reached 176 pages with only mild curiosity and no real desire to find out what happens, I decided it was time to stop. It's a case of too many books, too little time, and not enough bloody interest.
This is a fabulous read. Political intrigue, religious morality and bringing it all together, a wonderful array of great characters that just draw you in immediately.

Another book that I wanted to last just a little longer... drawing out the suspense.
I'm not a regular critic or anything, I just enjoyed this series so much I had to leave a comment.

I randomly picked up the second book in this trilogy "The Eye of the Labyrinth" mostly because I was getting it at a bargain price. The author does an amazing job of pulling you into the story. I didn't really know what was going on (because I hadn't read the first book) but that didn't matter because the story and the way it was told was quite compelling for me. The suspense kept you on edge. Even...more
Fantasy novels of this type often get off to a slow start as the foundation is built, the world established and the characters introduced. The world Jennifer Fallon has created in this novel is dark and oppressive. Religion is being used to exert power over the people and those who wield it are desperate to hold onto it.

I liked Dirk, our young hero, instantly. He is a smart and kindhearted boy forced to grow up fast. He is put in very difficult situations, his will and moral character tested. Ti...more
Shari  Mulluane
This is a wonderful story filled with wonderful characters and a well crafted world. Religious manipulation and political intrigue fill the pages along with villains you can't help but hate and victims you can't help but sympathize with. Dirk, second son of the Duke of Elcast finds himself caught up in events that started well before he was born. The main focus of this tale is on him and the development of his character as he comes to grip with one surprise after another. There is a long list of...more
The story is actually have a lot of potential to be a fantastic novels, if written differently.. Sad to say that most of the characters are immature so their conversations is like children gibbering, which is pretty much annoying to read.. But I manage to make it thru all three books (I bought all three in advance) which is better than some other series where I gave up before even finishing the 1st book (even though I already bought the next book).. So, not the worst but not very recommended eit...more
Jennifer Fallon as one of the most unique voices in fantasy fiction, as she creates full characters, and takes intelligent plotting to a whole new level in order to establish unparalleled complexity in plot and story lines.

How do you kill a religion? If your world was going through a cataclysm and a priest, in this case a priestess, told you and it worked what would happen? A young genius learns that everything he believes is a lie, an evil lie, and the absolutely exquisite way he gets revenge....more
Amanda Botten
This trilogy was a bit fo a surprise to me, I'm not use to fantasy books without magic in them, so at first I was a little hesitant. However, I did really enjoy the concept. Some parts annoyed me a little bit, just how some characters were, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The world was set out very well, and the hierachy used in it was really interesting to me. After finishing it I was satisfied with how it ended, I'm not sure if I will re-read it, but I do think of the series often an...more
This is a fantasy/adventure story which follows a young man as he is shoved into a world of political intrigue and maneuvering. As Dirk gains a greater understanding of his own family and the political foundations of his world, Fallon takes the opportunity to explore the religious infrastructure and its affect on the political and social lives of characters.

This book is a very quick read and I had trouble setting it down once I started. The next two books in the trilogy are just as good. I beli...more
Aug 10, 2011 Mary added it
For some reason I imagined the setting of Volcanoes and two suns to be in a landscape of bleak desert-like awfulness. And this made the book very hard to get into. But once I changed that landscape in my head to one much like Hawaii then it got a lot better. This book is rather formulaic, I can easily see how this is one of Fallon's earliest works, she definitely got better over time. However I still enjoy the typical characters: Dirk (the noble, gallant, genius), Kirsh (the noble but corruptibl...more
Greg Agate
I started the first book on a whim, and then stayed up 40 hours to read the entire series in a single sitting. Perhaps my favourite series to date, and Jennifer Fallon has rapidly become one of my favourite authors.

The series poses an interesting question: How do you kill a religion? I enjoyed the protagonist Dirk, who unlike other heroes in the genre gets by on his intelligence with little brawn to speak of. Full of clever twists and a rich world built around the concept of a sky with two suns...more
It took reading a few chapters before I started fully getting into the story, and once I did, it was very hard to put down! After I was halfway through the book, I took the advice of one of the other reviewers and bought the second and third book of this trilogy because there was no way I could wait patiently for the book to arrive if I ordered it after completing the first book. I haven't read a good fantasy series in a long time. After I finish with this trilogy, I hope to find something even...more
Very low-magic fantasy world with some interesting world building. Very flat, permanently adolescent characters, who alternate between unbelievably rational and mind-bogglingly stupid.

I would not call it a _good_ book, but it was a _fun_ book.
William Darpinian
Vicious, no holds barred fantasy. I was surprised at how dark this trilogy was, although it's tastefully executed. The plot leaves you guessing, Dirk is an excellent example of a morally ambiguous protagonist, and the setting is unique and adds flavor to the hanging guillotine of impending apocalypse that characterizes the emotional tone of the books. There's a lot of cleverly done intrigue and politics, though if you're expecting gratuitous action and violence look elsewhere. Or play a video ga...more
Sarah Spelbring
I've been wanting to reread this series for a few months now and its just as good as I remember it. It's more political and religious intrigue rather than straight up fighting which makes it more interesting (at least for me).

Lion of Senet sets up the world where everything takes place, who's in power, who's not in power, how and why. Then the author throws a wrench into the works and upsets the entire dynamic and spends the next two books fixing everything.

I will be reading this series again.
Brian Seitel
I'm loathe to admit it, but I'm a sucker for the soap-opera style novels that Fallon writes. Her Harshini/Medalon series hooked me a few years ago, and The Second Sons trilogy is promising to be equally good (but oh so trashy). I strongly recommend this series for someone looking for an easy read, but most especially for anyone who loves to read about intrigue, gossip, and the sheer cruelty that human beings are capable of when it comes to love, war and betrayal.
Phil Norfleet
A good, solid fantasy novel set in a fascinating world with two suns and no night. The political machinations are well done and most of the characters are appealing - those that aren't honestly shouldn't be, so the author does a good job there as well. At times, a few of the characters are pretty annoying, although in their defense, these characters are invariably teenagers who are insane to begin with so that's easily ignored. Overall, a very positive read.
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat...more
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“And try to stay out of trouble with the ladies. Remember, they all have fathers and brothers and some of them have armies. ” 22 likes
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