A tale about a time of change. Focused in the city/kingdom of Percheron, we witness the next stage in a cyclical battle between gods. Every other time, the demon Maliz has prevailed on behalf of his god, and defeated the god Lyanna. This cycle will be different.
Percheron – a city state like Constantinople under the Ottoman Turks. Arabian Nights–flavored. Harems and all that stuff.
Cast of Characters:
Boaz – becomes Zar at 15 following his fathers untimely death
Odalisque Ana – harem girl, wife to be of Zar, in love with Lazar, intelligent, rebel, is loved by Zar and desert Rebel chieftain, goddess-in-waiting??
Lazar – commander of armed forces, self exile from neighboring kingdom, master swordsman, god touched
Pez – “mad” dwarf jester, god touched
Herezah – the Zar’s cruel mother, head of the harem
Salemo – chief eunuch, sadistic, deserves a cruel death
Maliz – demon taking Grand Vizier as host and making him more likable, survives until the last chapters, and then…
Arafanz – chieftain of the desert warriors (bk3), religeous zealot
The gruelling bits:
Disturbing castration scene, driving stake thru body from ass to head, Lazar’s whipping.
Almost every character listed above is dead at the end, but, hey, its the journey – thats why we read books. At the end of book1 you might think you know who the emissary is, but..
I bought the series because it was on sale for $10/book, and some of her earlier work had been good. The first series “The Quickening” was very good. The second series “Trinity”, just good so I wasn’t rushing out to buy the next series. Maybe her 4th “Valisar” trilogy will bring more reading joy – just no reader reviews to peruse just yet.
The “Percheron Saga” was a good read, but “The Quickening” is still her best work to date.