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Sasha by Joel Shepherd
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May 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: culture, fantasy, epic, religion, series
Read on May 24, 2012

While there were a fair number of info-dumps, the complexity of the book - and the fact that they didn't detract overmuch - stands to do them well. Sashandra (Sasha) Lenayin is the protagonist and former princess of Lenay, who left her family to spend time with a brother she loved - a brother who died and she "took over" from, as far as swordwork goes. The family relations are complex and pit Sasha against her kin, even as she has to pit her ideals and her dreams against those of friends - and enemies - and that same set of kin again. She must make hard decisions and does them well, and most importantly, Sasha is a woman who has flaws and foibles, making her not an idealised goddess or avatar of woman - but a woman who just happens to be really damn good -- and have her own hangups.
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