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Lion of Senet

(Second Sons #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,252 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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.

A volcanic eruption
Paperback, 558 pages
Published 2004 by Spectra Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was sooooo good! I can't believe I waited so long to read it! 😊🖤🐺🐾
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with my friends at BB&B! We love us some Fantasy!

The fact that I love this genre and read a lot of it does not make me a Fantasy critic. It only shows that I love reading books about things and happenings as far away from reality as possible. Real Life is something I like to escape from time to time and the vastness and diversity of the fantastical genres gives me a way out of RL without doing anything else but purchase a book.

Saying this, I was very confused by the
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Contrary to popular belief, I rarely DNF books. Okay, so I do DNF crappy stuff regularly sometimes, but it's "stuff" and it's "crappy" so it doesn't count as "book." QED and, you know, stuff. Anyway, Lion of Senet (view spoiler) nearly almost practically (and most tragically, because it's always fun to be tragic) ended up in the DNF Graveyard. Which, considering it's a book, and not crappy stuf
Robin (Bridge Four)
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Read with all my fantasy fanatics addicts at Buddies Books & Baubles

4.5 All Hail The Butcher of Elcast Stars

The thing this book did the best for me was create anticipation. Since it is told from multiple points of view we the reader know many things. We the reader figure out some of the hidden things that aren’t specifically known along the way and in so doing we wait anxiously to see when one of the characters will figure it out too. I was left nee
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I absolutely loved The Lion of Senet when I read it in my younger days and have always considered it as one of my favourite in the fantasy genre. Time and experience have ravished my fond memories of a few of my old favourites over the years and The Lion of Senet did not emerge from this reread unscathed. It did not quite live up to my memories of it. A few more of the flaws caught my eye this time around. That said, just because I've booted The Lion of Senet off my all time favourites list does ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
A highly entertaining book, especially if you like character-driven novels. The dynamics reminded me strongly of Hobb's Liveship trilogy. Full RTC. :)
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It took me a long time to get into this one, but once things started coming together I enjoyed it. I will continue on with the series. I don't know yet if this series will be something I would heartily recommend, but it is pretty interesting so far.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lion of Senet by Jennifer Fallon

Re read with my friends at Buddies, Books and Baubles Thanks for taking on this book with me you guys, it's still a favorite.

Dirk Provin has always lived a peaceful life on Elcast with his mother, father and older brother Reece. Dirk is exceptionally brilliant, and this comes to the attention of the feared Lion of Senet when he visits Elcast after a mysterious stranger is shipwrecked on the island. As the Landfall festival looms closer, a religious cer
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Re-posted from

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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Inda fans
Intrigues, scheming, cunning and interesting world building.
Great writing and lovable characters.

There's no magic in this world, the story take place in a world named Ranadon where are two Suns. Once, one Sun disappeared and started the age of shadows, after a few years the Sun reappeared but not without Implications. Those implications now cause the great fight between faith and science.

So happy do discover this gem on GR.

"Maybe the big reviewers sway peoples opinion but my reviews mostly just get a few likes from my Goodreads friends and hardly ever even manage to convince them to pick up the books I just loved;)"

That's what my good friend Gavin said in our long-assed conversation--or should I say conversations since we talked on numerous threads at once.
Well, you are a bookseller, Gavin. I had Lion of Senet collecting dust on my shelf for about 2 years, and had no intention to pick it up any time soon. Until I
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May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Not bad. I'll read the next one!
Bridgett McDonald
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Second Sons Trilogy is a story centralised on Dirk Provin, the second son of a regional lord, and cousin to heirs of two ruling families. Set on Ranadon, the series is set after the Age of Shadows, a time when the second sun (incidentally, a clever double meaning to the book's title) disappeared from Ranadon and created widespread famine and disarray. The end of this event was uncovered using mathematical knowledge of the orbit of suns, discovered by Neris Veran, a genius-level researcher wh ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of the best fantasy series that I have ever read. I thought - and could swear that I did - write a review for both this and the second in the series. But, for some reason, they aren't there.

When I re-read this again, I will write a re-view worthy of such a great piece of fiction: just read my review for third one if you want to see how much if effected me.

Until then, just know it is one of the best books in this genre.
Sarah (A French Girl)
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5. The ending was a bit of a letdown and I hated Tia, except for that this book was fabulous. Reading this is only reinforcing my belief that the quality of YA books has dwindled.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I've read in a long time. It was hard to find (which should have been the first clue), so when I found a vendor that sold it, I bought all 3 to save on shipping. What a mistake. There's no way I can bring myself to read any more by this author.

I like to think of books as having three critical components: characters, setting, and plot. Some authors are better at one or another, but any one of the three can really carry a story (for example: Realm of the Elderlings is carrie
Doc Opp
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The book starts slowly. Very, very slowly. But it builds. It becomes stronger and more compelling. The characters become rich and nuanced. The world and the politics become deeper and more complex. Different strands of the tapestry are drawn together. Misunderstandings turn allies into enemies. Ambition and naivete turn enemies into allies. The plot thickens. The book becomes all but impossible to put down. As a reader, you become engrossed, excited that you have found a new author and a whole s ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars. I'm incredibly conflicted by this book. I think author should have spent less time building the world, and more time building the characters first, which would have left me less confused and made it easier to pick this book up. The first three quarters moved too slowly for my taste, but this was also not helped by the author having six story lines moving at once until they start coalescing. The climax was rather brilliant, and the resolution moved me, and I suspect I may have to read ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! The world, the history, the religion and the characters all make this book 100% read worthy!
I love the amount and complexity of background information that this book handles, and how its slowly dispersed thrgouthout the book.
The characters depths are also amazingly well written you either fall in love with them or hate them the moment they are introduced. It fabulous!
I'm so happy to have finally read this book after its many months of sitting, gathering dust, on my booksh
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Lyn Lowe
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Jacobs
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
James Latimer
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women
Not going to say much, except that what I really liked about it - and didn't realise until a good way in - is that there's no magic here at all. People don't have magic powers, nor are there incredible badasses with big swords. It's just a story about a compelling cast of characters from different backgrounds (but mostly noble, to be honest) figuring out their roles in the relative calm before the next storm, and using their brains (and, occasionally bodies) to get what they want. In a lot of wa ...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.

May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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

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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. ” 30 likes
“It was almost as if he enjoyed the fact that the more agitated his opponent was, the more serene he became. Belagren's thoughts about Antonov in The Lion of Senet” 4 likes
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