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Beyond Sanctuary

(Beyond Series #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,916 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Here is the new, revised and expanded Author’s Cut edition of BEYOND SANCTUARY, the first ever full-length novel to take you BEYOND the notorious Thieves World™ fantasy universe, where gods still stalk the land, warring with demons and human sorcerers and trampling unfortunate humanity underfoot.
If you like stories of bold brave knights
Kindle Edition, Author's Cut Edition, 398 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Perseid Press (first published 1985)
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Janet E. Absolutely, we can like and root for Cime, Tempus' sister-in-arms (my personal favorite), Jihan, the widow Maldives, Mama Becho. One doesn't 'like'…moreAbsolutely, we can like and root for Cime, Tempus' sister-in-arms (my personal favorite), Jihan, the widow Maldives, Mama Becho. One doesn't 'like' the witch who stalks the Stepsons, but I respect her, even when she fails; in her own heart, she's always sure she is right.(less)

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S.E. Lindberg
Janet E. Morris' Beyond Sanctuary is a splendid mashup of Dark Fantasy and ancient grandeur. Read this and you'll be transported into the Baroque masterpiece cover, joining the battlefield alongside gods and champions: Life to you, Reader, and everlasting glory!

The Cover: This Author's Cut version features Peter Paul Rubens' 1618 painting "The Death of Decius Mus in Battle"(translated title); this extends Perseid Press' cover art approach. This represents the book very well; it promises to drag
Joe Bonadonna
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janet Morris’ Beyond Sanctuary is the first volume in a trilogy that includes Beyond the Veil and Beyond Wizardwall, and the events in this trilogy take place before The Sacred Band, the magnificent novel by Janet and her husband Chris, which I previously reviewed here for Black Gate. Beyond Sanctuary is a complex novel, truly literary heroic fantasy. It is textured and layered, subtle at times, and yet always powerful. Like the best of all literary fiction, it has emotional depth and human dram ...more
A.L. Butcher

When gods, immortals and mages fight among themselves mortals die, and die again. Tempus, an immortalised warrior, and his Stepsons must unite with some of the scum of Sanctuary, an ironically named city to be sure, to save a child and themselves from the machinations of a powerful wizard. Souls and more are at stake in a war which must be fought, and must be won, no matter the cost.

I was hooked by this from the first few lines, as it is a superbly written and very intelligent heroic fantasy. Th
Ken Kiser
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, I savored the pages of Beyond Sanctuary, the first and best spin-off novel of the legendary Thieves’ World fantasy series, written by the equally legendary Janet Morris. This would have been shortly after the original publication in 1985 and enjoyed between endless hours of Dungeons and Dragons. Boy, those were the days.

So, when I heard that almost 30 years later, Perseid Press had released an “Author’s Cut” edition, I could not resist the urge to stroll down memory lane. And o
Aaron Saylor
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Sanctuary is a great story by a master storyteller. I don't know how else to say it. Unlike too many novels that get dragged down by reams and reams of exposition and description, author Janet Morris keeps things moving, letting the story unfold through action and character, and revealing the world of the story organically - some here, some there, details peppered throughout and adding up to a full, satisfying whole. Sometimes in fantasy I get swamped with names and histories and geograph ...more
Travis Ludvigson
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sword and Sorcery at its finest!

Discover the tale of an intrepid immortal, his deadly shock troops and brothers-in-arms, power hungry mages, a malevolent witch and all manner of Hell spawned evil. This is “Beyond Sanctuary” by Janet Morris, a classic tale of good versus evil, interspersed with the many shades of gray that lie between the two.

This is a story of epic proportions; mages being exterminated to satisfy the near insatiable needs of the beautiful Cime, the ancient warrior Tempus doing b
Andrew Weston
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this epic romp through a complex fantasy world of many layers.
Although I never give the plot of any story away, I will say this:
We have Tempus, avatar of a storm god, and leader of a band of mercenary fighters, the Stepsons, whose busy life is complicated by the meddling of his mage killing sister, Cime, the unlikely attentions of a Froth daughter, Jihan, and his concerns for the welfare of his men...Niko in particular.
And with good reason. War is brewing, and Tempus and his
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was a huge fan of the 'Thieve's World' collection when they first appeared back in the late 70s. One character in particular left such an impression that he remained with me over the years. That character was 'Tempus', created by Janet Morris. Obviously that character struck a chord with her, too, and she wrote a series of spinoffs over the ensuing years. My favourite of the several volumes that followed was 'Beyond Sanctuary' (1985), taking Tempus and his Sacred Band from the seediness of San ...more
Ju Ephraime
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janet E. Morris’ Beyond Sanctuary is an impressive writing of dark fantasy set in a multiverse world, where nothing is as it seems. The book is chock full of magic, horror, covert military forays, and mature themes, written in such a manner as to pique your curiosity and hold your interest. Morris introduced me to a new language, both for adult situations and everyday living. “‘Ahhhh,’ her premediated rippling takes him over passion’s edge, and he is falling, place and provenance forgotten…” The ...more
Lori Myers
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any lover of epic fantasy
Wow....what a trip this book gave me! I cut my book teeth on Thieve's World in my teens, fell head over heels with my first book boyfriend, Hanse, aks Shadowspawn. Here I am, today...ahhhmmm...somewhat older, a lot wiser and way more interested in plot, character and immersing my senses in a book.
Time stood still while I was reading this, and yet, it also flew by, like the pace of the precious Tros horses that Tempus so favors. Janet Morris is a master story teller that demands your attention,
Uvi Poznansky
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title “Beyond Sanctuary” suggests to me a journey of exploration, setting out of known place, where it is safe to remain ensconced, to risk life and limb in a fight, a brutal war between forces of good and of evil. This is what this story, with Tempus in the lead, is about: “He has ridden at a devil’s pace out of the sanctuary, home to the Stepsons’ barracks, which once had been a slaver’s estate and thus had rooms enough for Tempus to allow his hard-won mercenaries the luxury of piracy.”

Janet E.
Apr 26, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
In Beyond Sanctuary, the ancient cavalry squadron, the Sacred Band of Stepsons go beyond Sanctuary. Tempus, their immortal commander, ventures north with his Sacred Band to take the war against magic to the witches and warlocks of ancient Nisibis. This is the first Sacred Band of Stepsons novel, the Author's Cut edition, revised and expanded. There are two more in this group: Beyond the Veil and Beyond Wizardwall; all three were Science Fiction Book Club selections.
Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janet Morris, who became my favorite writer from the Thieves' World books, wrote three novels about the character Tempus right as the original series was closing out. All three were excellent. I think this was the best of the three.
Jess Hughes
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fantasy at its finest, a tale of epic proportions. Beyond Sanctuary is populated with a motley assortment of characters including: power-hungry mages, a malevolent witch, back stabbing wizards and adepts and other demons from Hell. They want nothing more than to kill one another and control the cesspool of a town called Sanctuary, where anything goes, and rule the world beyond.

I especially liked Nikodemos, who has lost two left shield partners and now his soul has been stolen by the bea
Larry Jr.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Beyond Sanctuary, the Sacred Band of Stepsons must leave the rogues den, cess-pool of a city that they have sworn to protect and fight in a war against sorcery and the archmage Datan, upon the famed Wizardwall. The dangers that await them might cost them more than thier lives as they must battle the Nisibis witch Roxane, Death's Queen, for the very heart and soul of one of their best fighters, Nikodimus, the Bandaran Adept martial artist called Stealth.
Tempus Thales, avatar of the storm god
Kurt Vosper
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First full Thieves World novel and it focuses on one of my favourite characters from the series, Tempus. Tempus is cursed that he can't die, and anyone he loves hates him, anyone who loves him will soon die. Great stories as he leads his men to save the Empire he serves.
Shannon Appelcline
I think Morris works better at novel length,because this book seems much more coherent & interesting than some of her short stories do when read alone. Overall, an enjoyable, almost epic, piece.
Judith Lucci
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the mysticism and blend of dark fantasy in Janet Morris's Beyond Sanctuary. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I must say that her work is impressive. Beyond Sanctuary embodies all that a novel in this genre should. The book is masterfully written, appeals to the senses and is magical and appealing. The scenes are vivid, the dialogue is alive and believable and the plot is intriguing. The writer's world-building is simply short of amazing as is her imagination and ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love epic fantasy stories. I especially love it when the world building is exceptionally well done and the characters developed to such a degree that I can find myself living within the world of the authors imagination.
This book sure does that. The one thing that put me off. Vampires. It was jumping the shark.
I am so tired of these sparkly, sometimes murderous, sometimes noble fictional characters that I was seriously taken aback when they appeared in the one genre I figured would be safe fro
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A.L. Butcher
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Beyond Sanctuary" is a fascinating, powerful, infuriating, intoxicating, confusing mess. Or something like that. A week after reading it I still can't decide whether I loved it or hated it. Probably both. It's certainly sui generis and a fascinating entry into the genre of sword and sorcery fantasy.

The book is composed of a series of linked vignettes featuring recurring characters as they battle each other. There's Tempus, the cursed leader of a military band who has an unhealthy obsession with
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve got mixed feelings on the book. On the one hand, some of the language recalls Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. The book is inclusive, with its Sacred Band partners. The scope opens up vastly from the contained Thieves World short stories. The grim and morally grey Thieves World will always have a place in my heart.

But, there’s something holding me back from an unabashed endorsement. The offhand treatment of rape is jarring – it’s not even lazy grimdark shorthand, it’s just a thing that get
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high fantasy fans
I came across Beyond Sanctuary in my town's used book store - it was a little old paperback with well-yellowed pages, which I like in books because of the smell. The premise also seemed interesting, so I decided to purchase it. After reading it, I came out with mixed feelings. I liked the world-building and the characters (Nikodemos especially) and the villains and the gods, and all that good stuff, but in spite of that, I felt like something was missing. I had never heard of Thieves World befor ...more
As far as fantasy goes, this was a decently-written and enjoyable read, but not an especially profound one. There was a fair bit of "characterization-of-people-by-gender-or-ethnic-origin" known in the modern world as sexism and racism. The book would have been made better had the author used the stereotypes to confound and prove the main characters wrong (even as they remain unaware). It was partially done regarding gender stereotypes, but the female characters only had any power as allowed them ...more
William O'Brien
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot twists and turns will rip through the reader's thoughts!

Beyond Sanctuary (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Beyond Trilogy, Author's Cut Editions Book 1) by Janet Morris

A very strong and superbly written book by Morris.

The tale is a fantastical tale of war and fantasy, reaping the pleasures of death and destruction. Blood, danger and sanctuary awaits the reader of this dark and magical blood-splattered but beautiful inspiring work.

Plot twists and turns will rip through the reader's thoughts as they
Cherime MacFarlane
A true fantasy tale of gods and men subject to their whims. Mages who work their spells on those who they wish to subjugate for purposes know only to them and their kind walk the land. In the middle of this mess one man refuses to give in to the manipulations of those who can take away that which makes a man human. There is one he must battle for and battle he will. A man who never sleeps, who fights all including those calling themselves gods. Take a walk in a land where nothing is as it seems.
C.L. Heckman
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a magical story filled with everything you can imagine … from sorcery and spells, to gods and warriors all living together. The writing is absolutely impeccable, and the story is told beautifully. The story builds as it progresses, and you really grow attached to Tempus as he battles against all of those who challenge him. I loved it, and will definitely recommend.
Joseph Vanucchi
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forgot Sanctuary

Read this like 20+ years ago. Liked it then, but didn't fully appreciate it. Don't know if it's the nostalgia, but for whatever reason going back to Sanctuary(well, in the vicinity at least) felt pretty good. Long live the Vulgar Unicorn!
Ira Livingston
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning to the Thieves World spin-offs
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Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is a United States author. She began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with David Drake or her husband Chris Morris. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell. Most of her work has been in the fantasy and science ficti ...more

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