The Golden Hills of Westria

The Golden Hills of Westria

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Prince Phoenix has always been a bit restless, never quite measuring up to the expectations of his father King Julian. Sombra, Phoenix's childhood friend, believes in him, but she has her own duties as a student of the College of the Wise. Their relationship surpasses friendship, but their responsibilities take precedence over their feelings. Phoenix is abducted in a raid and sold to slavers. Enduring pain and humiliation, Phoenix must find a way to survive, even if that means becoming a danger to the people that he loves. While King Julian searches for his lost son, a growing army of fanatics led by the charismatic Mother Mahalial is conquering land after land, and its final destination is the golden land of Westria. The only person who can sense Phoenix's plight is Sombra, and her attempt to rescue him may decide the fate of the kingdom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 107 x 171 x 38.1mm | 226.8g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765347849
  • 9780765347848
  • 1,925,866

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"Westria is back! Fans of the series will rejoice, and it's sure to win new readers to a wonderful series. Paxson's sense of place in post-apocalypse southwestern North America is exquisite, but even stronger is her characterization. The passions of the new generation ring so true. . . . I love this book--could not put it down." --Sherwood Smith on "The Golden Hills of Westria" "The civilization, ritual, customs, etc. are so carefully built up and skillfully fitted together that this might be an authentic legend of another time and place. Truly it holds one spell-bound, in the old meaning of that word."--Andre Norton on "The Mistress of the Jewels" "A new Paxson and a new Westria: what a treat! A generation later, this is better than ever. The action is intense, but so is the spirituality: the joys and woes of the scions of Westria are epic, but also as real and human as anything the rest of us have to deal with. It rounds off the original saga, but also promises the possibility of a fascinating future." -Kage Baker on "The Golden Hills of Westria" "Diana L. Paxson skillfully weaves together a page-turner plot, complex characters, compelling and timely social issues, and an unforgettable world based on deeply spiritual values. Fans of her previous "Westria" novels will rejoice at this new, immensely rich addition to that saga, and readers who have not yet sampled Westria's delights are in for a real treat." -Deborah J. Ross, co-author of "A Flame in Hali" on "The Golden Hills of Westria" "This is a complex tale, interweaving the political and religious conflicts of the sixth century. . .breathes life and wonder into one of the most romantic of the CelticGermanic legends."--"Publishers Weekly" on" The White Raven" "As intricate and colorful as a Saxon brooch, the tale of Sigfrid and Brunahild leaps to life in Diana Paxson's masterly retelling." --Stephen R. Lawhead, author of "The Pendragon Cycle" on" The Wolf and the Raven"
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About Diana L. Paxson

DIANA PAXSON lives in Berkeley, California.
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