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The Heldan

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Summoned to the Held fortress where she is to train as a Heldan warrior, Senea soon learns that she will need every weapon--including an ancient forbidden Held practice--to defeat the Ja'sid.
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published March 2nd 1994 by Del Rey
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A very intriguing world. A civilization that lives & is safe because of the laws that keep them trapped... and yet, they don't see it. The main character finds herself suddenly recruited into the Held - and into a new life. She is dead to her family, and they are dead to her - she will never see them again.

The Heldlen (Heldlord) sees her, and senses something... different. So he breaks tradition and takes her as his apprentice.

IT is a wonderfully written story - one that kept me engaged all
Althea Ann
Read this because I have a goal to read all of the Del Rey Discovery books. Some of them are very, very good. This one, however, is not.
It reminded me of a not-as-good, much shorter version of Kate Elliott's Jaran. (This was published two years later.) The stories aren't that similar, but the mix of romance and fantasy gives it a similar feel. However, Jaran's romance won me over. The romance here didn't work for me at all. The people who fell for each other did so out of the blue; I didn't feel
This book has been one of my guilty pleasures since high school, so I was excited to see it available as an e-book. It hasn't held up so well to my adult sensibilities (I find Senea too passive as a character and was bothered that the threat of sexual abuse among the Helden is not addressed), but it's still one of those books that makes me happy.

The e-book version available on Kindle is a revised edition. There are very few changes to the content, all good. They include better descriptions of th

Re-read 29 Jul - 1 Aug 14
I honestly don't know why I like this book so much. But I guess there are just some things you can't explain. There's just something about it that makes me come back to it and read it again and again. I wouldn't say this is the best book I've read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I found this at a used bookstore and gave it a try. It was suprisingly so wonderful that I had to go and check out if the author had any other books. Sadly, I've only ever found one other book by her.
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