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Talyn: A Novel of Korre
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The Tonk and the Eastil have always been at war, not a war with front lines and swords, but a war of magic. Talyn, a soldier trained from childhood to protect her country, had long ago resigned herself to her fate: to die in battle. But when the Feegash come from across the world, demanding to be allowed to negotiate peace, 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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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.

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Two-time Campbell Award-finalist Lisle (Midnight Rain) tries to show she can handle shifts between first- and third-person in her latest fantasy, but the mental channel-flipping only serves to distract from an otherwise extremely well-written story. It's fascinating to be in the head of Talyn of the Tonks as she deals with being a career soldier abruptly dismissed when the foreigners known as Feegash broker a cease-fire in the 300-year war between her people and the neighboring Eastils. It's intriguing to also see through the eyes of Skirmig, her deeply twisted and controlling Feegash lover, and Gair, the Eastil captain who helps her incite rebellion once they realize the mutual disarmament is a way for the Feegash to take over both countries at once. Anyone who can get past "I thought about him" suddenly turning into "he thought about her" in the space of a paragraph and the plot-spoiling that inevitably stems from head-hopping will likely be captivated by this stern and stirring treatise on the dangers of enforced peace and the virtues of paranoid preparation for the worst. Agent, Robin Rue at Writers House. (Aug. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"An extremely well-written story." - Publishers Weekly."

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