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Talyn is a soldier, trained from childhood to protect her country. The Tonk and the Eastil have always been at war, and Talyn long ago resigned herself to her fate: to die in battle. But this is not a war with front lines and swords - this is a war of magic. When the Feegash come from across the world, demanding to be allowed to negotiate peace between the Eastil and the Tonk for the sake of the rest of the world, Talyn is out of a job, and at a loss for what to do with her life. Rather than follow most of her fellow soldiers to other parts of the world, she stays with her family. When she meets a Feegash diplomat, and allows herself to be seduced, she discovers a dark side of herself that she hadn't even realized existed. Skirmig helps her save the lives of mistreated prisoners of war, forgotten in the new peace, but he acts as though Talyn's honour means nothing to him. As she examines their relationship and his motives, she slowly discovers that what the Feegash brought with them was not peace but an overwhelming oppression, and an evil so insidious, no one noticed it until it was too late.
But if Talyn can hone her use of the strange Feegash war-magic, she can turn their own magic back against them. With the help of one of the Eastil prisoners, she might be able to use it to save the Tonk and defeat the Feegash once and for all...if it doesn't destroy her from the inside out first.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 35.6mm | 839.16g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765309939
  • 9780765309938

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"An unflinching examination of relationships admidst a clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book."--Robin Hobb
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About Holly Lisle

Holly Lisle is a native of Ohio. She has three children and several cats. She won the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist twice for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has had several books on the Locus Bestseller List, as well as one on the Waldenbooks bestseller list. She thinks writing novels is the best job a human being can have, and currently does it full time.
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