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Witch Blood

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Rifkin Outcast, hunted by the assassins of Moon Isle, becomes trapped in a ruined castle where a tiny band of witches are besieged by an army that's ten times their size. His choices? Save them, betray them, or die with them.

"Shetterly is a genuinely witty writer." —West Coast Review of Books

"A funny, exciting adventure story that delighted me from beginning to end." —Orso
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Published March 1st 1986 by Ace
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Nov 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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As a fan of fantasy, hero fantasy, and martial arts, I found this book to be excellent.

A very readable "Westernized" eastern philosophy, an excellent narrative, and a complex main character that is revealed in stages quite well.

Some people may not like the lead character's tendency to be flippant, but if you like the Vlad Taltos books you'll definitely like this one.
Иван Величков
Шетърли, както обикновено, е изключително сладкодумен, а героят му е цапнат в устата, колкото протагонистите на Стивън Бруст. Похватът му да задава неочаквана дълбочина в един лек фентъзиен сюжет си проличава и тук. Героят му се изправя пред редица перипети, които го карат дълбоко да ревизира ценностната си система и да се запита какво е вярност и на кого я дължи.

Минус е, че историята е зверски отворена и като финал, и като незавършени сюжетни препратки. Явно е било планирано продължение, но над
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Very interesting take on what makes a good man and how and when to really fight.Sure it is pure fantasy.But well written characterization. Through bits and pieces you see the history of this man, and the question comes, is it the soul that interprets the actions? Who is the main character, really? What in this makes him choose? and how will he choose to fight?
This is a book I keep.
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
My first (& only) reread since 1994. It held up remarkably well, although the narrative voice reminds me more of Brust than Shetterly's other work... which may be why I liked it so much, as I'm very fond of Brust.
Dumb ending

Story was going great until the last chapter. And then it ended. Felt like Shetterly had a max word limit which he hit before he could write a conclusion. Or maybe he was hoping to write a sequel? Whatever, it was very unsatisfying.
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