Synopses & Reviews
In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier...
...raised from birth to fight for her people and her country. She long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. So when a shocking peace sweeps her land, she's cast adrift, and easily seduced by an outsider's touch, his new magic -- but his passions are evil and run deep, and Talyn soon finds herself twisted by his touch.
Through him she discovers darkness within herself she'd never suspected--and the mistreatment of prisoners of war, the creeping blackness sneaking through her land, the insidious evil that no one even suspected their peacekeepers of bringing.
Now she must weigh her life against her honor if she is to help her people regain their freedom...
"[A] stern and stirring treatise on the dangers of enforced peace and the virtues of paranoid preparation for the worst."--Publishers Weekly
"Lisle has crafted an original plot, and its world and characters are very convincing."--Booklist on Talyn
"Yet again, Holly Lisle creates a world and society that completely absorbs the reader. A lot of fantasy has been written about the destructive effects of war. I think this is the first tale I've ever read that admits that peace, too, can bring a devastation of its own. The Tonks are a well-realized culture, and the warrior class in particular is painted with a detail that brings the characters to life. Lisle presents an unflinching examination of relationships amidst this clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book. This will be worth more than one read."--Robin Hobb on Talyn "Fierce loyalties, foul magics and fresh plot twists abound in Holly Lisle's tale of love, war and possession."--Jacqueline Carey on Talyn
Rendered unnecessary when peace is declared throughout her land, magic soldier Talyn is seduced by a Feegash peace diplomat and discovers a darker side to her personality, but realizes with dismay that the Feegash are more interested in oppression than peace. Reprint.
In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier, one of thousands trained from childhood to protect her country from the monarchist Eastil. Soon, Talyn's honor will be challenged.
About the Author
Two time Campbell Award finalist Holly Lisle is a native of Salem, Ohio. In addition to various towns in Ohio, she's lived in Alaska, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She has three children and several cats, and believes that writing novels is the best job a person can have.